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  • [Video] 'Israeli forces impersonating news crews endangers journalists'

    Undercover Israeli troops, reportedly impersonating a news crew, arrest a Palestinian student leader at a major West Bank university. Israeli journalists' union issues strong condemnation.  [Update appended below] According to a number of reports in the Israeli and Palestinian media, undercover Israeli security forces impersonated a news crew in order to arrest a student leader at Bir Zeit University in the West Bank on Wednesday. The Union of Journalists in Israel issued the following in response to the reports (full disclosure, I am a member of the union's secretariat): The Union of Journalists is troubled by undercover forces impersonating a…

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  • When people can't believe their eyes, it's usually ideology

    +972 published video of undercover Israeli soldiers restraining a Palestinian stone thrower and shooting him point blank in the leg. An astonishing number of people looked at the evidence and refused to believe what they saw. Yesterday I published a post about a video that showed Israeli plainclothes undercover soldiers restraining a Palestinian youth at a West Bank demonstration and shooting him in the leg at point blank range. The youth was clutching a small stone, but was otherwise unarmed. These undercover agents are called "mistarevim" in Hebrew (meaning disguised as an Arab) and "mustarabeen" in Arabic. According to reports from several…

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  • Reporting in the line of duty

    Channel 10's veteran military analyst rides along with a unit that goes undercover as Palestinians, taking a shot at embedded reporting. The result has very little to do with journalism. By Nir Gontarz Television journalists generally bring a videographer with them when they report from the field. Embarrassingly enough, the person who filmed veteran reporter Alon Ben-David’s recent report on Channel 10 about Border Police who go undercover as Palestinians (“Mistaravim” in Hebrew) was actually a cameraman from the Israel Police’s spokesperson’s unit. [tmwinpost] When a journalist goes on a paid junket or any assignment that is sponsored and organized…

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