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Media Freedoms Violations during May 2015 in Palestine

Ramallah 11/6/2015– During May of 2015 the Palestinian center for development and media freedoms “MADA” monitored 26 media freedoms violations, the Israeli Occupation committed the most dangerous and greatest number of violations (18 violations), while Palestinian sides committed 8 violations (3 in Gaza Strip, and 5 in West Bank).

Israeli Occupation Violations:

During May 2015, the Israeli Occupation forces “IOF” committed 18 media freedoms violations, a large section of which falls within the serious and severe attacks, some cases included several attacks on media freedoms.

On 2nd of May, the Israeli occupation soldiers suppressed a peaceful march organized by the journalists' Syndicate on the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day, and they fired rubber bullets and tear gas at the participating journalists, and the Syndicate captain journalists Abdel Nasser al-Najjar  leg was injured and burnt, and Member of the General Secretariat of the Journalists' Syndicate and head of its Freedoms Committee Mohammed Al-Laham was hit by a sound bomb in his foot, and Reuters cameraman Mohammed Zaki Abu Ghanya suffered light bruises caused by a sound bomb fired by soldiers at him that exploded next to his foot, as well as a number of journalists’ suffocation and bruises due to the Israeli soldiers attacks.

On 15th of May, Mohamed Yousry Alhatab a journalist in "The Palestinian Network for the press and media" by a live bullet in his thigh, while covering a demonstration near Shijia crossing boarder that came under fire by the Israeli soldiers stationed on the border of the Gaza Strip. On 16th of May, photo journalist Nidal Eshtayeh, Chinese news agency "Xinhua”, was severely injured in his eye, by a rubber bullet fired towards him by an Israeli soldier, that is threatening his eye vision, while covering a demonstration near Howara check point south of Nablus. And while the Italian freelance journalist Samantha Comizzoli was covering the same demonstration, the Israeli soldiers fired two rubber bullets towards her that injured her left arm and chest.

The Israeli jails administration delayed the release of Media spokeswoman for the Aneen Al-Qaid network Bushra Jamal Altaweel for a period of 18 days from the date she was supposed to be released.

And on 17th of May, Most journalists who were covering the settlers march in Occupied Jerusalem were exposed to a wide range of beatings carried out by Israeli occupation police, security forces, and settlers, injuring at least nine journalists who were subjected to these attacks directly, in addition to preventing all journalists from coverage; the correspondent of “an eye on Jerusalem” program on Jordanian TV Journalist Rami Alkhatib was wounded as a result of being beaten, the correspondent of “Beit Alquds” agency and “Hima News” Lewa Abu Rmela, and her colleague Bayan Alja’ba were attacked by settlers who tried to push them off a high place where they were standing, and settlers tried to break Alja’ba’s camera,   other journalists who were attacked are: photojournalist Mohamed Sadeq, freelance photojournalist Amjad Abu Arafa and his colleagues Mostafa Alkharouf and Fadi Alja’ba, and the crew of “Russia today” channel the correspondent journalist Diala Issam Alnimri, her colleague channel producer Dana Ghazi Abushamsya.   

On 19th May, in Hebron the Israeli occupation forces raided the home of Palestine TV cameraman Eyad Abd Alhafeeth Alhashlamoun, and handed him an official summon letter to the Israeli occupation intelligence. Shamekh Jagoub a Palestine TV cameraman was severely suffocated after Israeli occupation soldiers fired gas bombs towards journalists who were covering a demonstration in Silwad in Ramallah governance on 22nd of May. 

Palestinian violations:

In May the Palestinian sides committed a number of 8 media freedoms violations, 5 were monitored in the West Bank, and 3 in Gaza Strip.

In Gaza on 1st of May, members of the Palestinian Police beat “Pal goal for spots media” photographer Saeed Ahmed Kilani while he was covering a match, and they later raided his home in Beit Lahya.

And on 3rd of May, the Palestinian Police summoned and then detained "Jerusalem news network" and “Siraj for media network” journalist Iman Rushdi Tahier Mustafa in Town of Arraba, Jenin, based on a complaint from the Preventive Security Service because of her writings on "Facebook" and she was presented before the court, which released her until another hearing trial set on 14th June by the judge.

And on 5th of May, the Palestinian intelligence service arrested “watan news agency" journalist Mohamed Shoukri Awad, in front of the agency's headquarters in Ramallah, his arrest was extended twice (15 days at a time) on the pretext of "receiving money from illegal party and transferring them to the Hamas leadership”, according to the Palestinian security forces spokesman announcement, Major General Adnan Aldameri, in a press conference. Awad is still under arrest.

In Gaza on 5th of May, the Public prosecution summoned the chief editor of “Donya Alwatan” journalist Ghazi Mamdouh Murtaja following the submission of two complaints from the Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip, and one of the physicians working in the ministry against him, for publishing his article critiquing what he experienced during the treatment of his daughter. And on 12th May a media student Akram Kamel Jrowan in Nablus, was summoned by Al-Najah National University administration, to a discipline council for writing an article he published criticizing the performance of the university doctor and the health insurance system for students.

In Gaza on 17th of May, members of the Palestinian police beat the correspondent of “Aljazeera net” journalist Ahmed Mousa Abu Fayyad while covering the visit of Turkish Minister of Awqaf to the Gaza Strip, Abu Fayyad was held at a security centers and they tried to charge him with assaulting the police.

On 19th May, an officer in the Palestinian security and two men accompanying him assaulted Palestine TV correspondent Khaled Salman Motawe and his colleague cameraman Ahmed Bassem Manasra, when they arrived to cover the National People's Congress of Jerusalem, which was organized in Bethlehem, the journalists were also prevented from starting their interview with the Conference Vice President . 

And on 18th of May “Alquds TV” correspondent Mamdouh Hamamra was prevented by the Palestinian security from entering President Abbas headquarters in Bethlehem to cover the meeting with Turkish Minister of Awqaf, Hamamra reported that he signed up to cover the meeting, but when arrived he found his name removed.

On 31st May in Tubas, the Palestinian Intelligence summoned the correspondent of “Quds Press International news" Zeid Mustafa Abu Arra for posting on Facebook about the intelligence arresting of his father. 

 

Details of violations:

(1/5)- Members of the Palestinian Police beat “Pal goal for spots media” photographer Saeed Ahmed Kilani (31 years old) while he was covering a match, and they later raided his home in Beit Lahya north of Gaza Strip.

Kilani reported to MADA: “on Friday 1st of May I was present in Beit Lahiya stadium to cover a football match between Beit Hanoun Club and Beit Lahiya athlete Club, from 3:30 pm until 6:00pm. After the end of the game, a cold beverage and slippers (shoes) were thrown, and a group of police beat people to get them out of the stands. I tried to take some pictures of the assault on the people, so two policemen in uniform prevented me. Club management intervened and told the police: he is a journalist let him go, and then some citizens rescued me from the police. The officer told the police: Ksrohm “meaning beat them until you break them”, I said to him: No need for tensing, and things can be resolved by agreement, the officer said: go agree away from me, your audience are filthy and not respectful, so I told him children are being beaten by the police, and he then told police officers: Take him to the Jeep, I said to him: Who are you to take me to the Jeep? So I was beaten with several police batons from all sides on all parts of my body”.

He added: “6 police men took part in my assault, the beating effects is patently on my left thigh, and my left shoulder, I was rescued by citizens, and then I left the place”. Kilani stated: “I prepared a report on the match for the site that I work for, and did not mention the assault in the report, and I didn’t include any pictures of the assault on the audience, but I was surprised on Saturday 2nd of May, at around 10:00am about 15 policemen from Beit Lahiya came to my home without bringing an official summon or arrest warrant, as I was told by my neighbors.

On that day neither I nor my family members were at home, I had a meeting on Radio Alquds, with the participation of Mr. Ihab Batneeji, the police spokesman. Batneeji apologized on the air for the attack, and he said that the police will visit me at home, but after he apologized, a number of Beit Lahiya police men came to my house again at 5 to arrest me, and I wasn’t home nor members of my family, and they told my neighbors: they will arrest me from anywhere, knowing that all their raids to my house were without bringing an official summon or arrest warrant, so I refused to go to the police center without any official summoning”.

(2/5)- the Israeli occupation soldiers suppressed a peaceful march organized by the journalists' Syndicate on the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day, and they fired rubber bullets and tear gas at the participating journalists, causing injuries to several journalists including the Syndicate captain.

The march took place at 11am on 2nd of May, and headed towards the military checkpoint at the northern entrance of Bethlehem known as (barrier 300), where the attack on participating journalists happened.

The march consisted of cheers and raising flags and banners calling for freedom of movement and the removal of the illegal occupation barriers, Journalists’ Syndicate head Abdel Nasser al-Najjar (53 years old), whose leg was injured and burnt, reported to MADA: “it was obvious that we are journalists, we all carried our cameras, but the occupation forces intensively beat participants, and fired gas and sound bombs, wounding many journalists”.

Al-Najjar added: "I was targeted with two gas bombs, they exploded between my feet and caused me cuts, bruises, and burns in the tissues of my left leg left, and some minor burns in my right foot, I was transferred for treatment at the hospital, where I stayed for two hours and left after making sure there are no fractures, but the pain remained for several days”.

A Member of the General Secretariat of the Journalists' Syndicate and head of its Freedoms Committee Mohammed Al-Laham (48 years old) was hit by a sound bomb in his foot, and reported to MADA: “I was hit with a sound bomb in my left foot, which caused the bruises in my toes, even though I was wearing a solid shoe, and it seems it is a kind of stun grenades as they are stronger, and my injury required treatment in Beit Jala government hospital, and it appeared I had bruises and bluish swelling toes”.

And Reuters cameraman Mohammed Zaki Abu Ghanya (42 years old) reported to MADA: “while I was covering the march, a sound bomb fired by soldiers exploded next to my foot, and I suffered light bruises, and was treated in the field”.

 A number of journalists were also present and they are: Munjid Jado editor of the Palestine News Network, Nasser Abu Bakir the Syndicate Vice head, Nabhan Khreisheh, Omar Nazzal, Hassan Abdul-Jawad (members of the General Secretariat of the syndicate), Mirna Atrash Ma’an correspondent, and Mohammed Fawzi director of programs, Palestine TV crew, Mamdouh Hamamre correspondent Hona Al Quds, Roaya TV correspondent, Iyad Hamad, and AP photographer Nasser Shyoukhi.

(3/5) - the Palestinian Police summoned and then detained "Jerusalem news network" and “Siraj for media network” journalist Iman Rushdi Tahier Mustafa in Town of Arraba, Jenin, based on a complaint from the Preventive Security Service because of her writings on "Facebook", she was detained all day, and then was presented before the court, which released her until another hearing trial.

Iman reported to MADA: “on Sunday evening 3rd of May, at about 9:30am a police officer requested me for important and urgent matter to go to the headquarters in Arraba the next day, he didn’t inform me for the reason, but that it’s just a summon. On Monday 4th of May at 7:30am I headed to the headquarters, and asked the officer: I want to know what is happening? He told me he had an order to detain me now, and to  take me to the police headquarters in Jenin, so I asked him: Is it a complaint? He said: Preventive Security Service sent a request to arrest you and take you to court immediately, as part of a complaint by the Preventive leadership, this file you can see. I read several pages, the text of the complaint, and the arrest order, and a page with charges the most important were cursing, libel, and defamation of high shrines and preventive security officers. And the last page had evidence of guilt as they claimed was an image of a post from my Facebook wall, it appears on the Post that I generally say / God avenged me from a number of officers after they defame their malicious complaint against me a few months ago, because of my personal opinions, my articles, and attending conferences and what I was saying / in the post a word appears showing my hatred for the Preventive Security and its leadership. But any expert programmer can tell that this post was deleted after seconds, and who ever took a screen shoot of it, did that from his computer after it was deleted, the post shows evidence of that and that it cannot be found, and that it was posted for my friends only not published publicly”.

Iman added: “the officer assured me that the 1st part of the post does not condemn me but the last part is a clear evidence of slander and liber of shrines, even if the post was deleted, the personal complaint is transferred to a public right, and the security service has the right to arrest you and punish you. After that I was transferred to the Jenin police station under full detention, and he told them: she is under arrest and no one is allowed to speak with her”.

She added: “Then I was transferred accompanied by a policewoman to the service center, for medical examination, and then I was transferred to a police station that belongs to the court, and there I was held in custody, in fact it was unfit cell for any human, where I stayed until 2:30pm, it was a tough time, and despite my screams, they refused to talk to me and they would say, let her say what she wants because she is a journalist, and he asked the policewomen to take care of me from a small window on the top of the cell door”.

Iman added: “I appeared in front of a judge who didn’t speak much, where he displayed a number of charges and said: Iman Rushdie you are a freelance journalist and a researcher in family affairs, I screamed and I said prisoners affairs not family “they have similar spelling in Arabic”, so he said: you are guilty and these charges are since 2012 until this day condemns you of cursing the Preventive Security Service, I answered that I am not guilty and this is a malicious complaint and I have the right of expression without mentioning the names of people involved. He asked me if my lawyer was present, I told him they tool my cell phone away, and my lawyer doesn’t know where I am, because I was transferred to many police centers. So the judge said: release her, andthe trial will be on 14th June, I was then transferred to a cell for another 2 hours, then transferred to the police station in the city to finish procedures which lasted more than an hour and a half, I was released at 4 o’clock”.

 (5/5)- the Palestinian intelligence service arrested “Watan news agency" journalist Mohamed Shoukri Awad (27 years old), in front of the agency's headquarters in Ramallah, his arrest was extended twice (15 days at a time)

His brother Ahmed reported to MADA: “the intelligence service arrested Mohamed in front of Watan news agency, and until this moment we have no information about him other than he is ok according to Mohamed- he called his family and informed them on morning of 5th of May. Mohamed has received a phone call on Monday 4th of April from a person who first identified himself as Water Authority staff, and asked Mohamed to pay his du water bills, but later during the phone call this person told Mohamed that he is a member of the Palestinian intelligence service, but wouldn’t reveal his identity, and asked Mohamed to visit him at the intelligence headquarters in Ramallah, but Mohamed refused to go. And on the next day “5th April” 2 intelligence members showed up at our home and Budrs village (west of Ramallah) to arrest Mohamed, but he wasn’t home”.  So he was arrested from in front of his work headquarters.

On Thursday 7th of May Mohamed Awad was presented to Ramallah’s public prosecution, but his case was delayed for 15 days, and when his mom visited on the 10th of May he told her he is on hunger strike since the 1st day of his arrest, as reported by his brother later, and that his lawyer Alaa Frejat “the journalists Syndicate lawyer” appealed for his release on bail, on Monday 11th of May but it was denied. And on 21st of May his arrest was extended again for another 15 days by a magistrate court judge. 

According to the Palestinian security forces spokesman Major General Adnan Aldameri, announcement in a press conference journalist Awad was arrested on the pretext of "receiving money from illegal party and transferring them to the Hamas leadership, not for being a journalist. Awad is still being held. The press conference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ug8_AMKfHTE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBe0D6loDQg

 (5/5)- the Public prosecution in Gaza city summoned the chief editor of “Donya Alwatan” journalist Ghazi Mamdouh Murtaja following the submission of two complaints from the Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip, and one of the physicians working in the ministry against him, for publishing an article critiquing what he experienced during the treatment of his daughter.

 

Murtaja reported to MADA: “On Tuesday 5th of May, I received a phone call on my cell from asked me to come to the public prosecution headquarters in Gaza City - across Al-Azhar University - the next day (Wednesday, 6th of May at 10 am, informed I informed MADA’s legal adviser Mr. Karem Nashwan, who accompanied me and my lawyer, Mr. Issam Aref”.

 

He added: “before taking my statement, we were informed that there are two complaints against me, first: from the dr. who I submitted an official complaint against her to the minister of health, and the second: from the ministry of health in Gaza, The content of the complaints is abuse and defamation via media outlets, I explained that I made a previous complaint, and that the Minister of Health has formed a committee of inquiry on the doctor, the prosecutor called the vice minister of health in Gaza, who informed the prosecutor that he was not informed from the health minister about the investigation of the doctor.

He added: “while taking my statement with both lawyers present, I was charged with the following:

1-      Publishing a report in Donia al Watan site and Facebook that includes an insult of the doctor, and other doctors who work at the eyes hospital, and that I verbally threaten the doctor: I am a journalist and I will submit a compliant to the minister of health, and slander you.. I responded: I didn’t insult her or the doctors, I wrote an article that reflects my opinion not a report, and I didn’t include her name, and I have the right to do so as a journalist, and I didn’t threaten the doctor, and that the taxi driver who drove me to the hospital and a policeman were present, and if I did threaten her the policeman would have gotten involved. What really happen is I arrived to the hospital at 3:00am and my daughter’s eye was bleeding, after 15 minutes the doctor showed up, she appeared to be sleepy, she examined my daughter’s eye with her hand and just took a look at it, then told me this is not an emergency, and I don’t need to treat it.

2-      The 2d complaint submitted by the ministry of health in Gaza against me stated: I insulted the ministry doctors, so I responded this is a false complaint, I didn’t insult the doctors, and the ministry in Gaza should follow up the complaint I submitted, especially that the minister formed a committee to investigate the incident, evidence that this complaint is false Dr. Ashraf Qadora the general director of the Ministry public relations and media department, and the spokesman of the health ministry in Gaza called me and informed me that medical errors happen, and apologized, and blamed me for not communicating with him, and he told me that cases facing problems transfer them to us and we will do what’s necessary”.

 

(12/5)-  Media student Akram Kamel Jrowan (23 years old) in Nablus, was summoned by Al-Najah National University administration, to a discipline council for writing an article he published criticizing the performance of the university doctor and the health insurance system for students.

Jrowan reported to MADA: “on Tuesday 12th of May at 11am I received a phone call from the Dean of the Faculty of Economics office at the University to tell me about the assembling of a discipline council the next day at 12:45pm, without giving reasons for the decision. I had published an article titled “the university clinic or Hovic Hasharon” on my personal page and on Alnajah university students’ page a day before, so I expected this was the reason, in my article I criticized  how the clinic doctor treats students, and the free treatment of students in the clinic”. 

He added: “I headed with a colleague to The Office of the University Vice President Saed Alkowni, in an attempt to end this decision by the university, but the vice president told us that this article is an attack on the university, and the university will file a complaint in court against me, which confirmed that my article is the reason for this discipline council. So my university colleagues protested this decision at the university, which they considered unfair procedure against me, making the university president Maher Alnatsha call me and a group of students to tell us that the disciple Council has nothing to do with the article mentioned, but because of a complaint filed against me, I am still unsure who submitted the complaint till this moment, I realized perhaps from the clinic Dr. I wrote about in the article (note that I did not declare any information indicated who he is in my article) and may be from a university hospital staff, who I discussed about free student treatment, in all cases the article is the reason. I went to the appointment with the Council to tell me that it has been postponed to a date that I will be informed of later”.

(15/5)- Mohamed Yousry Alhatab (21 years old) a journalist in "The Palestinian Network for the press and media" was injured by a live bullet in his thigh, while covering a demonstration near Shojoya crossing boarder (east of Gaza) that came under fire by the Israeli soldiers stationed on the border of the Gaza Strip.

Alhatab reported to MADA that: “on Friday 15th of May at 1:30pm (after Friday prayers) We went to the Shojoya crossing border (Nahal Oz) to cover the anniversary of the Nakba, and there Israeli soldiers began firing live bullets at the demonstrators, and after verbal and rock skirmishes with the soldiers, and burning tires, at around 2:30pm, and during my filming and coverage of what is happening, I suddenly fell to the ground because of a gunshot (live bullet) penetrated my right leg in the thigh area / entrance and exit / I was transferred to Shifa Hospital in Gaza by car, and there I was examined with X-rays that showed that the bone is fine, then doctors treated the large wound”.

(16/5)- photo journalist Nidal Shafiq Eshtayeh (45 years old), Chinese news agency "Xinhua”, was severely injured in his eye, by a rubber bullet fired towards him by an Israeli soldier, that is threatening his eye vision, while covering a demonstration near Howara check point south of Nablus.

Eshtayeh reported to MADA: “on 16th of May I headed to cover a demonstration near Howara check point on the memory of Nakba, as soon as the demonstration began Israeli soldiers started firing sound bombs at demonstrators in order to disperse them, and then they started firing rubber bullets targeting press crew, which led to my injury by a rubber bullet in my left eye (I almost lost my eyes) as doctor told me later, I was wearing a mask on my face what tempered the severity of the injury”.

He added: “I was transferred to Rafidia hospital, and there it turned out that some fragments of my mask have entered in the eyes, which required my transfer to the University Hospital for examination by ophthalmologist, and it turned out that there was internal bleeding and its treatment needs 48 hours of rest according to the doctor, and then the doctor will re-examine it after two days to make sure that the retina was not hurt”.

(16/5)- while the Italian freelance journalist/camerawomen Samantha Comizzoli was covering the demonstration near Howara check point south of Nablus on 16th of May on the memory of Nakba, the Israeli soldiers fired two rubber bullets towards her that injured her left arm and chest.

 

Comizzoli reported to MADA: “I was injured at Howara check point, while I was covering the memory of  Nakbah demonstration, where an Israeli soldier targeted me with two rubber bullets, one in my left arm and the second in my chest, I was treated in Rafidia hospital in Nablus with an ex-ray for my chest, that assured my injury was minor”.

 

(17/5)- In Gaza, members of the Palestinian police beat the correspondent of “Aljazeera net” journalist Ahmed Mousa Abu Fayyad (41 years old) while covering the visit of Turkish Minister of Awqaf to the Gaza Strip, Abu Fayyad was held at a security centers and they tried to charge him with assaulting the police.

Abu Fayyad reported to MADA: “on Sunday 17th of May at around 11:10am, I headed to the ministry of Awqaf in Gaza, after receiving the official invitation to cover the Turkish Minister of Awqaf and his accompanying delegation reception ceremony, and according to the visit agenda, which we were informed about by the ministry through Mr. Ramzi Alnawajha the public relations official at the ministry, when he previously called us, Alnawajha told us that the program will include a press conference at the ministry's headquarter”.

He added: “Upon our arrival to the ground floor of the ministry, we noticed that the Turkish minister will not hold a press conference, given that he was standing on the right side of the hall, not in the conference venue, and instead the minister delivered a verbal speech “improvisational/ unwritten”, did not mention the background of the visit and its goals, and we still had question about the visit that we were are supposed to ask”.

He added: “the Minister went up to the fourth floor in the building of the Ministry of Awqaf without answering reporters' questions, so we went to the fourth floor (we were a small group of journalists), and there he was sitting the minister and the Turkish ambassador and a number of guests and hosts, I tried to take a picture of the minister, but before I could, a man in civilian cloth verbally kicked me out of the room, so I told him: wait until I take the photo, then suddenly he strongly grabbed me from my chest from the right side, and pushed me back towards the door of the hall, I asked him why he pushed me,  he said .. Shut up... I asked him the question again, I was then surrounded by a group of men in civilian clothes, and they started pushing me by force out of the room, and when I reached the door of the hall one of them hit me on my head from the right, it was painful, I do not know what he hit me with, where my head swell up, and due to the severity of the pain I started to ask hysterically: Why are you beating me? And they continued to push me until the Ground Floor, during which they continued to grab me from my shirt, pushing me, and beating me”.  

He added: “on the ground floor, there was a policeman and was told by one of the men who pushed me down there: Contact the rotation (meaning to arrest me). And before the rotation arrived, I heard someone say we are going to take him to the control headquarters, I asked him who you are? I will not go with you because I do not know you, he said I am the police.. I told him, which police.. He then presented an identification card and what I have seen written: colonel and military, I didn’t know from which side. He then told me: the police will take you, and file a complaint, then he asked me to get in the police rotation car, and I refused to do so, I told them I have my motorcycle which I will go by, and a policeman rode behind me, we headed to the al-Abbas police station, and when I arrived I had intensified pain and headache, I asked to go to the hospital, I was transferred  to Al-Shifa Hospital, and they gave me an injection and sent me back to the police station (the treatment was on my expense), when I was back at the police station I was informed that I was being charged for assaulting the Security and protection device, and they told me I will enter the cell, then Mr Badir Badir arrived - an official in the government’s media office, and he informed me that he was sent by Mr. Iyad Albezm- the Interior Ministry spokesman, and asked me to write a pledge to abide by the Interior Ministry decisions, I said to him will not sign I did not attacked or assault anyone, then he said: you pushed the police officer, I told him that’s not true, I then spoke “by phone” with Mr Iyad Albezm who asked me to write a pledge and an apology and I refused to do so”.

He added: “at around 3:00pm I was entered into a cell, and after thirty minutes, an order of my release on bail arrived, it was discovered later that Mr. Badir Badir bailed me out, when I was released I requested to file a complaint but they refused. I told them that I will make a complaint to the Attorney General, and this is my right, because I was arrested without the permission of the Attorney-General. I then received a call from Mr. Abu Hassan Al Shorafa from the police, and he said to me / there is a difference between the complaint and statement, and there should be a statement taken from you and sent to the prosecution, so I gave a statement about what happened with me and I signed it”.

(17/5)- The Israeli jails administration delayed the release of Media spokeswoman for the Aneen Al-Qaid network Bushra Jamal Altaweel (22 years old) for a period of 18 days from the date she was supposed to be released

Altaweel reported to MADA I was released on the 17th of May from the Israeli prisons, after spending 10 months and half detained, completing a previously sentence, where I was released in the 2011 exchange deal after that I spent five months of the 16 months sentence”.

She added, "Despite the decision to release me on 29th April, I actually was released on 17th of May under the pretext that there is a large number of prisoners as they claimed, and that their release lists arrival from the Prison Service management to the prison I was at was delayed”.  

(17/5)-  Most journalists who were covering the settlers march in Occupied Jerusalem were exposed to a wide range of beatings carried out by Israeli occupation police, security forces, and settlers, injuring at least nine journalists who were subjected to these attacks directly, in addition to preventing all journalists from coverage; the correspondent of “an eye on Jerusalem” program on Jordanian TV Journalist Rami Alkhatib (35 years old) was wounded as a result of being beaten by a group of Israeli settlers, Alkhatib reported to MADA: “on 17th May at 6 o’clock we headed to cover the Provocative march of settlers in the city of Jerusalem, which was launched on the occasion of 48th anniversary of the occupation of the city called /unification of Jerusalem Day / and in spite of the presence of Israeli police, the settlers attacked everyone, including the press crews, which shows that the police facilitated the attacks by settlers on us, where they shut down the cameras with their flags and they used these flags’ sticks to hit us, they also hit us with empty boxes and bottles, and as a result of that, and as a result of the direct assault on me,  my lip was cut and bleeding, and when I was beaten with sticks I got some bruises in different parts of my body, despite my attempts to defend myself and push the settlers away by tripod.

Journalists who were there with me: Freelance photojournalist Saeed Rakn, Roaya TV cameraman Jihad Almuhtaseb, Palestine TV cameraman Ali Yassin, and Mohamed Alsadeq Alquds TV cameraman, but they were not hurt.

the correspondent of “Beit Alquds” agency and “Hima News” Lewa Abu Rmela (23 years old), and her colleague Bayan Alja’ba were attacked by settlers who tried to push them off a high place where they were standing, and settlers tried to break Alja’ba’s camera,   Abu Rmela reported to MADA: “During our coverage of the march of settlers in the city of Jerusalem, the Israeli police allowed us at first to cover freely, through the iron barriers the gives us a specific area to cover, but after the beginning of march,  settlers attacked a group of photographers during the coverage in the Damascus Gate, including photojournalist Rami al-Khatib and photojournalist Mohamed Sadeq”.  

She added: “The settlers have attacked journalists with flags’ sticks that they (the settlers) were raising them, and they abused us with indecent words, and performed provocative movements under Israeli police protection. one of the settlers tried to push me and my colleague Bayan Alja’ba (21 years) – she works with Alquds media center, from about 4meters high, and when they failed they beat us with stones and sticks, which led to a minor injury in my shoulder, they also attacked my colleague with a strong slap from one of the settlers and the attempt to break her cameras by pushing her”.

They also attacked freelance photojournalist Amjad Abu Arafa (33 years old) and his colleagues Mostafa Alkharouf and Fadi Alja’ba. Abu Arafa reported to MADA: “Most of the journalists were attacked, I was exposed to many clashes with the police I was pushed, beaten, and prevented access to some places and prevention of coverage. And when I tried to get my colleague Mustafa after he fell to the ground on his hands “he was pushed by Israeli policemen off the stairs” the policemen started to curse me, and they deliberately tried to kick us out of any area we tried to cover from, even though the 1st location was suggested by them for us to cover”. 

Abu Arafa added: “my colleague Fadi Aljo’ba was attacked by a group of Israeli settlers, while covering”.

The crew of “Russia Today” channel was also attacked by settlers, the correspondent Diala Issam Alnimri (32 years old) reported to MADA: “it was so difficult getting through checkpoints to reach the old city, even though we presented our Israeli press identification cards”. She added: “I was pushed strongly by an Israeli policewoman while I was covering the removal of Jerusalemites from where settlers were, I was order by a policewoman to stay away and when I refused another policeman came and broke the camera microphone. When I tried to start a live broadcast from inside the iron barriers that they prevented me and my colleague channel producer Dana Ghazi Abushamsya from passing, a spokesman for the police came and asked me to stay away from the place, and when I did not respond he removed the speakers for my ears, however I continued to broadcast so he threatened me to use force despite the fact that the Israeli and foreign press were moving around freely”.

(18/5)- “Alquds TV” correspondent Mamdouh Hamamra was prevented by the Palestinian security from entering President Abbas headquarters in Bethlehem to cover the meeting with Turkish Minister of Awqaf, Hamamra reported to MADA: “I headed on the 18th of May to President Abbas headquarters in Bethlehem, after I signed up to cover the meeting via email to the Government Media and Information Office, at the entrance security members searched for my name on the journalists’ list, but I was told I am not allowed to enter, and I saw my name scratched, when I asked why, the policeman only apologized to me”.

Hamamra added: “I communicated with the Syndicate, and they said they will follow up with security because the prevention to cover was directed to the channel not me personally”.

(19/5)- In Hebron the Israeli occupation forces raided the home of Palestine TV cameraman Eyad Abd Alhafeeth Alhashlamoun (25 years old), and handed him an official summon letter to the Israeli occupation intelligence.

Alhashlamoun reported to MADA: “The occupation army raided our house in Hebron at 4am (19/5), where five soldiers entered the house after they broke into the outer gate of the house. After having verified the identity of my parents they searched the house and entered my bedroom and woke me up and asked for my ID and after making sure of me, They handed me a summon to visit the investigation Etzion Centre at 8 that morning, and one of the soldiers took a picture of me with the summon letter in my hand”.

He added: “I went to the appointment, and waited until 11am, until the investigator called me and took a look at my ID and told me to wait, the same incident was repeated but with another interrogator, he returned to me my identity, saying we will call you if we want you / and let me leave around noon”.

(19/5)-  Colonel Ibraheem Abu Ghareeba, an officer in the Palestinian security and two men accompanying him assaulted Palestine TV correspondent Khaled Salman Motawe (27 years old) and his colleague cameraman Ahmed Bassem Monasra (27 years old), when they arrived to cover the National People's Congress of Jerusalem, which was organized in Bethlehem, the journalists requested to interview with the Conference Vice President Younis Ala’mory.

Motawe reported to MADA: “I went with my colleague Ahmed to the headquarters of the conference in Bethlehem at around 1:25pm in order to conduct an interview with the Vice President of the Executive Council in the conference (Younis Ala’mory). At the entrance of the building was three people (one was Ibraheem Abu Ghareeba) after I identified myself, and informed them of my intention to interview Mr. Alamory, they began to curse and insult Ala’mory, and asked me to leave the place immediately and they told me that I am forbidden from being here and from covering”.

He added: “I left the building and called Mr. Ala’mory and informed him about the incident, so we can conduct the interview out of the building, that’s when Abu Ghareeba and the two men attacked us in the street, one hit me on my neck, and they prevented us from staying in that area. When I called the police, which arrived 5 minutes later, but Abo Ghareeba insulted them as well and demanded them to leave. I filed a complaint to the police, then to Military intelligence against them three, but until this moment 21/5 there has been no legal action against them”.

 (22/5)- Shamekh Jagoub a Palestine TV cameraman was severely suffocated after Israeli occupation soldiers fired gas bombs towards journalists who were covering a demonstration in Silwad in Ramallah governance.

Ali dar ali – Palestine TV correspondent, reported to MADA: “During our usual coverage of the weekly protests in the town of Silwad, Israeli soldiers fired stun grenades and gas at the demonstrators including journalists, my colleague Shamekh Jagoub was severely suffocated, but my colleague Shatha Hammad correspondent Hona Alquds network and I did not get affected much”.

(31/5)- in Tubas city (north of West Bank), the Palestinian Intelligence summoned the correspondent of “Quds Press International news" Zeid Mustafa Abu Arra (28 years old) for posting on Facebook about the intelligence arresting of his father. 

Abu Arra reported to MADA: “at 10am on 31st of May I received a phone call from the Palestinian Intelligence service in Tubas telling that it is important to go to their manager and it is possible that I get arrested if I don’t show up. I went directly to their Headquarters after the call, and when I arrived I saw the manager by accident at the entrance and he said to me / why do you write about us on Facebook? / He meant the post that I wrote about the arrest of my father by them last night”.

He added: "After that I waited in the intelligence headquarters about four hours without being interrogated, but before that the officer in charge of my case request me to delete the post that I wrote on Facebook, which my father had deleted during his investigation, my father and I were released at about 1:30pm”. 

 

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