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PHOTOS: Soldiers arrest Palestinian photojournalist at Hebron demo

Israeli security forces arrest two Palestinians during demonstration marking 22 years since the Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre, and calling to open Hebron’s main thoroughfares to Palestinian traffic.

Photos by Oren Ziv, Ahmad al-Bazz/Activestills.org, text by Oren Ziv

Israeli soldiers and Border Policemen arrested two Palestinians, including one photojournalist, at a protest in the West Bank city of Hebron on Friday.

Israeli soldiers arrest a Palestinian photographer during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Hebron, February 26, 2016. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Israeli soldiers arrest a Palestinian photographer during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Hebron, February 26, 2016. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Nearly 100 Palestinian demonstrators marched calling to open a main thoroughfare that has been off limits to Palestinians for over a decade. The nonviolent demonstration, organized by activists from the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee and the Youth Against Settlements organization, was violently suppressed by Israeli soldiers and Border Policemen with tear gas and stun grenades, as it reached the adjacent settlement of Kiryat Arba.

Israeli soldiers declare a closed military zone during a protest in the West Bank city of Hebron, February 26, 2016. (photo: Ahmad al-Bazz/Activestills.org)

Israeli soldiers declare a closed military zone during a protest in the West Bank city of Hebron, February 26, 2016. (photo: Ahmad al-Bazz/Activestills.org)

The soldiers declared the area a “closed military zone,” arrested one of the organizers, and continued to attack the rest of the protesters. After pushing back most of the demonstrators, the soldiers and policemen arrested a Palestinian photographer and fired stun grenades and tear gas at the other photographers on the scene.

Israeli soldiers fire tear gas and stun grenades at Palestinian activists during a demonstration in Hebron, February 26, 2016. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Israeli soldiers fire tear gas and stun grenades at Palestinian activists during a demonstration in Hebron, February 26, 2016. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

The protest marked 22 years since Jewish extremist Baruch Goldstein massacred dozens of Muslim worshippers at Hebron’s Ibrahimi Mosque, and came at the end of a week of activities in which activists called on Israelis to open Shuhada Street, which has been closed to Palestinian traffic since the massacre.

A Palestinian demonstrator confronts Israeli Border Policemen during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Hebron, February 26, 2016. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

A Palestinian demonstrator confronts Israeli Border Policemen during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Hebron, February 26, 2016. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

“We are calling to re-open all the streets that were closed off to Palestinian traffic in Hebron, as well as all the stores and the market that have been shut down, such as Shuhada Street,” Youth Against Settlements activist Issa Amro told +972. “The only solution is the end of the Israeli occupation in Hebron and in the entire West Bank.”

Israeli Border Policemen arrest a Palestinian during a protest in Hebron, February 26, 2016. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Israeli Border Policemen arrest a Palestinian during a protest in Hebron, February 26, 2016. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

According to the IDF Spokesperson, the area was declared a closed military zone following “riots” in the area, and that the protester and photographer were arrested for violating the order. This despite the fact that the photographers (myself among them) moved to where the soldiers told us, and despite the fact that journalists should not be arrested while covering protests — even in closed military zones. The other photographers stood in the exact same area declared a military zone and were not arrested.

Friday’s protest comes one week after 12 left-wing Israeli activists were arrested in Hebron during a protest also marking 22 years since the Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre and calling to open Shuhada Street.

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    1. carmen

      Once again, IOF and police provoke civilians and videographers only doing what is their right to do and protest the continued occupation. The only violence this day was by the IOF and police. Their continued provocation is a futile attempt to curry favor from the rest of the world. I can only assume that the GoI is convinced that the rest of us will see something that isn’t there. The IOF and GoI continually bluster on one hand and claim eternal victimhood on the other. Which one is it? You can’t be a victim and and occupying murderous force of thugs at the same time. Am Yisrael chai at the expense of the Palestinian people. Zionist birthright? Zionist hogwash.

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      • Gustav

        The only murderous force here are your knife or machette wielding Arab beasts who murder or attempt to murder Israeli civilians randomly. Israeli men women, children young and old. This Jew killing mania has been the favorite recreational activity of Palestinian Arab society for nearly 100 years. It started before the occupation and before the formation of Irgun which was a reaction to Arab homocidal mania.

        The fact that you Carmen reserve your sympathies for the Arab thugs who perpetrate such attacks and consequently end up with a bullet in their hateful heads, shows what a one eyed biased little hater you are too.

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        • Ben

          It really is marvelous how you offer the epitome of a biased, one eyed, hateful plum of a rant in the first paragraph and then proceed in your second paragraph to call someone else a one eyed biased little hater. You have a real talent for this.

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          • Gustav

            LOL, Benny the one eyed ranter who never stops vilifying and demonizing Israel, complains when I present actual terrorist acts, one of thousands, carried out by his Palestinian Arabs against Israeli Jewish civilians, which explains wwhy we need to implement draconian measures to slow Benny’s Arabs down and to minimize the damage that his terrorists do to us.

            Benny’s philosophy is the same as the philosophy of his Arabs…

            “We can be bastards to you but you are not allowed to be bastards to us”

            …Benny and his Arabs say…

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          • Ben

            Another plum. Thanks, we’ve had our fill.

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          • Gustav

            Don’t thank me. I love showing you up to be the true hypocrite that you are. I love doing to you what you do to us day in day out. How does it feel to look at your true ugly self, Benny?

            I notice that you seem to be lost for words.

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        • Carmen

          “The fact that you Carmen reserve your sympathies for the Arab thugs who perpetrate such attacks and consequently end up with a bullet in their hateful heads, shows what a one eyed biased little hater you are too.”

          That’s not a fact at all, that’s a Gustavism. Here’s a fact I told you about on another thread but will refresh for you. I feel really sorry for the women in your life, if you have any that is. I have a tremendous amount of sympathy for them.

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          • Gustav

            The women in my life are just fine darling. Don’t you worry your lying head about them.

            Why do are call you a lyer? Because on other threads you criticized what you called cowardly Israeli police for shooting Arab attackers instead of arresting them. On the other hand, you didn’t utter a single word of sympathy for their Jewish Israeli victims. Do you deny it?

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          • Carmen

            “The women in my life are just fine….” I’m not talking about 4-legged females.

            “Because on other threads you criticized what you called cowardly Israeli police for shooting Arab attackers instead of arresting them. On the other hand, you didn’t utter a single word of sympathy for their Jewish Israeli victims. Do you deny it?”

            False equivalence Gustav. As asking questions only seem to be a one-way street here (except for the welfare of your females answer), answer this if you can. Would you feel sympathy for a person who routinely puts his or her desires before the health, safety and well-being of his or her’s partner and their children? Would you care enough to tell him or her that they were wrong and there could be horrible consequences for their actions? Or would you expect another party to do that for you?

            What is it with zionists that they demand sympathy from the rest of the world? You’ve had a good gig for the past 70 years. The world was in awe of plucky little ‘israel’ and really bought the whole what was being sold. But the truth will out. And damn it is one ugly lipstick wearing bovine. Yet you demand sympathy? Why? Land is being confiscated on a regular basis, the lawn is being mowed on a regular basis, you can shoot and kill a Palestinian either from Gaza or Tel Aviv and nothing will happen to you, and it won’t be long before you can kill another Jew for being the dreaded ‘leftist’ or in love with a Muslim or in love with a Jew of the same sex. Life is good in Apartheid, if you are of the correct ethnic religious category.

            Why in the world should anyone have sympathy for you? https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=2Sj6achyA24

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          • Gustav

            CARMEN:”“The women in my life are just fine….” I’m not talking about 4-legged females”

            Nah, coz you are one of those [a 4 legged female bovine like].

            Oh and your Aiiiiraaabs prefer sheep…

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          • Gustav

            CARMEN:”What is it with zionists that they demand sympathy from the rest of the world?”

            There she goes again. I am a Zionist, deary and show me a single post where I demanded sympathy from bitches such as yourself? If I would get sympathy, from haters like you, I’d know for sure that things are really bad for us and your crocodile tears would be shed for us posthumously. I’d much rather be the object of your hatred. That way, I know we are still alive.

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          • Carmen

            I assumed you were a goat herder.

            You avoided my question wrt sympathy. “False equivalence Gustav. As asking questions only seem to be a one-way street here (except for the welfare of your females answer), answer this if you can. Would you feel sympathy for a person who routinely puts his or her desires before the health, safety and well-being of his or her’s partner and their children? Would you care enough to tell him or her that they were wrong and there could be horrible consequences for their actions? Or would you expect another party to do that for you?”

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          • Gustav

            Whatever, Carmen deary. I am not interested in your stupid questions. Do you really expect us to talk to each other in a civilized way after what we both said to each other?

            This is what I am prepared to do for you…

            I will address all your simplistic one sided blood libels that you level against my country and refute your hateful posts against us…

            I will also respond to your personal insults such as “Zionist Pigs” in kind.

            The rest? I am not interested in. You cast your dice, you decided how you prefer to conduct our posts and counter posts, I am happy to follow your chosen path. Go ahead, do your worst.

            Am Yisrael Chai!

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          • Carmen

            GUSTAV: I will also respond to your personal insults such as “Zionist Pigs” in kind.

            The rest? I am not interested in. You cast your dice, you decided how you prefer to conduct our posts and counter posts, I am happy to follow your chosen path. Go ahead, do your worst.”

            Here’s something to ponder. I read your posts to myself, to Ben, Bruce, Elisabeth, can’t remember the rest, but you START with name calling. You called me a bitch and a shit. So my questions to you, which contained no name calling – I’ll post it again – Would you feel sympathy for a person who routinely puts his or her desires before the health, safety and well-being of his or her’s partner and their children? Would you care enough to tell him or her that they were wrong and there could be horrible consequences for their actions? Or would you expect another party to do that for you?”

            You tell me “I’m not interested in” my questions, but you seem to be very interested in just posts and counterposts, that go nowhere except round and round, with you asking questions, changing words in my answers to help you make a point, and then it invariably becomes, or even starts out with, a BS game of name calling. I don’t like names other than the one I give myself and I’m not going to put up with it. I pretty sure I wasn’t the first to do it, but I’m not going to go through posts going back a month to prove it either.

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          • Gustav

            CARMEN:”Here’s something to ponder. I read your posts to myself, to Ben, Bruce, Elisabeth, can’t remember the rest, but you START with name calling. You called me a bitch and a shit.”

            Yea, I am a Zionist and I have this nasty habit of responding in kind to people who use expressions like “Zionist Pigs”. Get it deary?

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          • Gustav

            CARMEN:”Would you feel sympathy for a person who routinely puts his or her desires before the health, safety and well-being of his or her’s partner and their children? Would you care enough to tell him or her that they were wrong and there could be horrible consequences for their actions? Or would you expect another party to do that for you?”

            Sigh. A hypothetical huh? In order to really answer such a question, one would really need to know a lot more about the background story before one takes sides…

            …never mind though, I will answer your question, just to please you Carmen. Promise to do likewise when I’ll ask you my questions? (Not bloody likely because it’s always one way traffic with people such as Carmen)…

            … my answer is that if it is just the simplistic scenario that you paint, NO, I would not feel sympathy…

            … now let’s hear the point of your simplistic question. I can’t wait for your punch line and your false analogy…

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          • Carmen

            Gustav: “… my answer is that if it is just the simplistic scenario that you paint, NO, I would not feel sympathy…

            … now let’s hear the point of your simplistic question. I can’t wait for your punch line and your false analogy…”

            False equivalence maybe? 🙂

            Thanks for answering my ‘simplistic question’. I don’t think simple things need to be embellished. Sometimes it’s simply right and wrong. I’m not holding you to your original answer to me either, which was “NO, I would not feel sympathy”. I just wanted the experience of being able to agree with a zionist on anything, even something you called a “simplistic question”. Putting one’s family in danger for selfish or ideological reasons when there is obviously danger or at least perceived danger is always wrong IMO. I’ve been thinking about Dafna Meir BTW.

            “In November, after the murders of Yaakov Litman and his son Netanel near Otniel, Meir shared her fears in a local news website, writing: “I have been thinking a great deal lately, thinking about why, what should be done or shouldn’t be or can’t be, how to behave, especially on the road, but not only. The fears, for my husband and children, my friends and family. The situation isn’t easy. I sometimes have a feeling of [being in a game of] Russian roulette. And I can’t sleep”.

            I think she subconsciously felt like a pawn. I blame her death on the zionist state, that’s who she played Russian roulette with. Morad Bader Abdullah Adais, 16, accused of murdering Ms. Meir, is also a pawn, of the PA leader Mahmoud Abbas. They both lost. Governments don’t care about people, especially the ones who elected them, it seems. I don’t care how many funerals Net’yahoo attends, how many revenge speeches he gives, it’s all showbiz. I don’t think he loses any sleep over dead israelis. They are his ace in the hole. Ditto for Abbas. They’ve both been huge disappointments to their people, IMO.

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          • Carmen

            I want to make a correction. “I don’t care how many funerals Net’yahoo attends, how many revenge speeches he gives, it’s all showbiz.”

            His ‘revenge speeches’ have horrific consequences (sacrifical slaughter of Mohammed Abu Khdeir comes to mind, for one). My correction as follows:

            I don’t care how many funerals Net’yahoo attends, it’s all showbiz.” And there’s no showbiz like a politician trying to work his/her crowd, is there?

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          • Samson

            Reading the posts of Israeli posters has been a great source of knowledge for Ben Carmen. He goes way back reading old comments from some posters he is obsessed with, borrowing words and expressions and mannerisms and trying too hard to sound like who he is not. But the only thing it does to him is make him continue to look like a broken record and quite pathetic. Ben Carmen borrows stuff like “false equivalence”, parenthetical sentences, etc. from the one he is obsessed with, but Ben Carmen does not know how to make proper use of what he borrows and always use them out of context and come across as off and awkward.

            Question to Ben Carmen,

            1. What does “False equivalence” mean?
            2. Make COHERENT arguments to show how what Gustav said amounts to “false equivalence.

            The goal of this is to show that Ben Carmen is a complete buffoon that is full of mumbo jumbo, rants endlessly without understanding what he is ranting about – just so you know.

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          • Carmen

            You give yourself way too much credit and you didn’t create the expression false equivalence or the cherry tomato. I know how this works. “False equivalence is a logical fallacy which describes a situation where there is a logical and apparent equivalence, but when in fact there is none. This fallacy is categorized as a fallacy of inconsistency.”

            GUSTAV: “Because on other threads you criticized what you called cowardly Israeli police for shooting Arab attackers instead of arresting them. On the other hand, you didn’t utter a single word of sympathy for their Jewish Israeli victims. Do you deny it?”

            One has nothing to do with the other. Hence I termed this as a false equivalence.

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          • Gustav

            “A Palestinian man approached a group of Israelis in Jerusalem’s Old City on October 3, 2015, and began stabbing, according to Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld. The attacker injured one woman and her baby, and stabbed two other members of the group to death. Israeli police shot the attacker on site, where he died. Palestinian Islamic Jihad issued a statement claiming the attacker was a member of their organization.”

            Yea I get it deary. The only thing that matters to you in the above incident is the fact that your darling Arab perpetrator got shot by our police. The rest of the incident has nothing to do with it….

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          • Samson

            1. Gustav asked you a simple QUESTION and that equals “false equivalence”? A QUESTION is “false equivalence”?!

            2. And also this: “One has nothing to do with the other. Hence I termed this as a false equivalence”? Two statements that have nothing to do with each other equals “false equivalence”? Really?

            Wao! Very interesting. What an imbecile. For someone who like YOU calls Jews “zionist pigs”, you must be the fattest filthy baboon-pussy!

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