Two photographers, one Israeli and one Palestinian, were attacked and had stones thrown at them by Israeli officers and soldiers in 2015. Despite sending one the officers to jail, the state had said the journalists ‘led a riot,’ a claim it retracted as part of the settlement.
Israel has agreed to pay compensation to two photojournalists who were attacked by two Israeli soldiers, including a commissioned officer, in the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh four years ago. The state had initially claimed that the pair had led violent riots that day, despite clear video evidence to the contrary, first published by +972 Magazine, and despite the fact that the army convicted and punished the two officers involved back in 2015.
As part of the settlement, the state has retracted its claims that the two were involved in any riot.
That day, on April 24, 2015, two photojournalists, Israeli Haim Schwarczenberg and Palestinian photographer for AFP, Abbas Momani, were covering the weekly anti-occupation protests in the village at the time.
In a video of the event, first published on +972 Magazine, a soldier can be seen throwing a stone at the two photographers as they attempt to comply with soldiers’ orders to leave the area.
As he walked away, an officer ran after him and pushed Schwarczenberg to the ground. When he got up and moved further away from them, the officer threw another stone at Schwarczenberg and the AFP photographer.
Schwarczenberg told +972 Magazine and Local Call at the time that he was standing on a hill photographing Palestinian stone throwers when Momani told him to get close to the ground because soldiers were shooting live bullets at the stone throwers.
“One of the soldiers suddenly appeared from behind us and shouted, ‘get out of here before I shoot you’,” Schwarczenberg said at the time. “Abbas and I got up to go but then the soldier shouted, ‘lay down!’, and pointed his weapon in our direction [at the stone thrower behind us].” The stone thrower escaped.Read More