Arab Today, arab today press body accuses israel army of targeting journalists
Last Updated : GMT 06:53:52
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Press body accuses Israel army of targeting journalists

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Press body accuses Israel army of targeting journalists

Tel Aviv - AFP

The Foreign Press Association on Sunday accused the Israeli army of "deliberately targeting" journalists after soldiers fired rubber bullets and threw a stun grenade at photojournalists clearly identified as press. In a statement, the Tel Aviv-based group, which represents journalists of all foreign media, including AFP, said troops had directly targeted a group of photographers covering skirmishes at Qalandia crossing between Jerusalem and Ramallah. "On Friday afternoon, Israeli forces threw stun grenades at FPA photojournalists as they were leaving Qalandia. The FPA members had put their hands in the air, indicating to the forces that they were leaving at which point the grenades were thrown from close quarters directly at their backs," it said. Earlier an Italian freelance photographer covering the same incident had almost been hit in the face by a bullet, it said. "Fortunately the photographer was taking pictures at the time and the rubber bullet shattered the camera instead of his head. All the photographers in question wore clearly-marked jackets and helmets," the FPA said. "There is no question that the forces were directly targeting the journalists." There was no immediate response from the Israeli army. AFP's chief photographer Marco Longari said the photographers had been standing under a shelter some 20 metres from youths throwing stones, and that the soldiers had suddenly begun firing rubber bullets without first using tear gas or giving any other warning. "Usually they shoot at the legs, but this was at eye level," said Longari, pointing out that the photographers had walked past in full view of the soldiers before taking up their position under the shelter. "The bullet hit the upper part of the camera casing -- if he hadn't been taking a picture, he would have been killed. We showed the camera to the commander and he laughed and said it was a mistake, but you don't shoot by mistake at eye-level." The FPA said it had complained about some 10 such incidents over past two years, none of which had been properly investigated, saying the army and the military police had a "dismal track record" for looking into such incidents. "As far as we know, just two investigations have been launched, with no results. The others have been ignored," it said. In February this year, a report by the Turkel Commission into investigations of violations of the laws of armed conflict, concluded that there were "structural problems" in the military?s investigative processes, the FPA noted. "A proper investigation into violence against the media and holding soldiers accountable for their actions would be a very practical first step towards rectifying these problems."

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today press body accuses israel army of targeting journalists Arab Today, arab today press body accuses israel army of targeting journalists

 



Arab Today, arab today

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today press body accuses israel army of targeting journalists Arab Today, arab today press body accuses israel army of targeting journalists

 



Arab Today, arab today France defies terrorism through tourism

GMT 15:18 2017 Saturday ,20 May

France defies terrorism through tourism
Arab Today, arab today Zainab Fadel Oglu designs “Shakerin” mosque

GMT 12:13 2017 Thursday ,11 May

Zainab Fadel Oglu designs “Shakerin” mosque
Arab Today, arab today Seeks to move past rift with Israel

GMT 08:00 2017 Monday ,08 May

Seeks to move past rift with Israel
View News in Arabic - Media: صحافة
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday