Israeli snipers have killed two Palestinian journalists and shot at least 20 others in Gaza in recent months. What happened to the soldiers responsible? What is the IDF doing to make sure it doesn't happen again? The army refuses to say. Nearly two months after Israeli army snipers shot and killed two Palestinian journalists while they were reporting inside the Gaza Strip, the military is refusing to answer any questions about whether the responsible soldiers and commanders are being held accountable in any way. [tmwinpost] Over the past two weeks, +972 Magazine has contacted the IDF Spokesperson’s Office five times with the…Read More... | 49 Comments
The man who once had sole authority to decide whether or not a journalist could work in Israel announces that he is an Islamophobe, thinks 'Arabs lie.' Daniel Seaman, the former director of Israel's Government Press Office, said Thursday during a panel discussion on i24 News, the Israel-based satellite news station, that he is an Islamophobe. Sitting on a three-person panel with Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy and Ruthie Blum of the far-right think tank The Gatestone Institute, Seaman told "Spin Room" anchor and former +972 contributor Ami Kaufman, "The Arabs lie." In response to Kaufman's incredulous, "All Arabs?" Seaman responds, without missing a beat: "It's part of their…Read More... | 3 Comments
Dozens of Palestinians evacuated to Gaza hospitals after Israeli snipers open fire on the Great Return March for the sixth week in a row. By +972 Magazine Staff Israeli forces opened fire on Palestinian protesters Friday for the sixth consecutive week on the border with Gaza. Part of the 45-day Great Return March, which began on March 30, the demonstrations are set to culminate on May 15, Nakba Day. [tmwinpost] Over 7,000 Palestinians took part in Friday's demonstrations in five different locations along the Gaza-Israel border. According to Gaza's Health Ministry, over 43 protesters were wounded, including three critically, in the clashes with…Read More... | 9 Comments
Ahmed Abu Hussein was shot by Israeli snipers during a protest near the Gaza-Israel border two weeks ago. He was standing at a distance from the fence and was wearing a PRESS jacket. Ahmed Abu Hussein, a Palestinian journalist based in Gaza who was shot by Israeli soldiers two weeks ago, died of his wounds on Wednesday at Tel Hashomer Hospital in central Israel. Abu Hussein is the second Gazan journalist to be killed by IDF snipers over the past month, and one of 40 Palestinians killed during the Great Return March protests. [tmwinpost] On Friday April 13, Abu Hussein,…Read More...
Since the Great Return March began in Gaza, Israeli army snipers have shot over a dozen Palestinian journalists — killing one, Yaser Murtaja. Journalists in Gaza talk about being shot, targeted, losing one of their own, and the solidarity they expect from journalists around the world. Since the filming of this video, a second Palestinian journalist shot by the Israeli army has died of his wounds. By Mohammed Zaanoun Mohammed Zaanoun is a photojournalist based in Gaza.Read More... | 2 Comments
The shooting death of photographer Yasser Murtaja by Israeli snipers has left no doubt among Gaza's journalists that they are being targeted. Now they are demanding solidarity from Israeli journalists on the other side of the border. By Meron Rapoport Last Friday was a difficult one for journalists in Gaza. Journalist Yasser Murtaja was shot and killed near Khan Younis during Gaza's "Great Return March" at the border with Israel, despite wearing a protective press jacket. According to reports, he was standing over 1,500 ft. from the border fence when he was killed by Israeli sniper fire. Just two weeks before his death,…Read More... | 56 Comments
On a day when military snipers shot hundreds of unarmed demonstrators, the army declares that 'the circumstances in which journalists were wounded are unknown.' The circumstances couldn't be clearer. Israeli army sharpshooters and snipers have shot over 1,000 unarmed Palestinian protesters inside the Gaza Strip in the past week, killing more than 30 people. This past Friday, at least six Palestinian journalists were reportedly among those shot at the Great Return March. One of them, Yasser Murtaja, a photographer for “Ain Media” who was reportedly wearing a helmet and vest clearly marked “PRESS” when he was shot, later died of…Read More... | 14 Comments
The government sought to revoke Elias Karram's press accreditation after he expressed solidarity with the Palestinian struggle. The decision was reversed following pressure by the Union of Journalists in Israel. By +972 Magazine Staff Two weeks after announcing it would revoke the press credentials of senior Al Jazeera reporter Elias Karram, Israel's Government Press Office said Wednesday that it had decided to freeze the decision. [tmwinpost] At a hearing on his case held Wednesday, Karram, a Palestinian citizen of Israel from Nazareth, told GPO Director Nitzan Chen that despite accusations leveled against him, he does not view himself as part of Palestinian resistance against Israel. Chen then…Read More...
The Government Press Office is trying to rescind Elias Karram's press credentials after he expressed support for the Palestinian cause. It hasn't done the same for uniformed Israeli-soldier reporters. Israel's Government Press Office announced Wednesday that it was revoking press credentials from a senior Al Jazeera reporter in the country. The GPO cited a statement he allegedly made over a year ago as its reason for revoking the credentials of Elias Karram, a Palestinian citizen of Israel from Nazareth. "As a Palestinian journalist in an occupied area or in a conflict zone, media work is an integral part of the resistance…Read More...
Fatah-affiliated security forces arrest five journalists in the West Bank; Hamas forces are holding at least one journalist in Gaza. Palestinian rights groups demand both parties keep journalists out of their political rivalry. Palestinian Authority security services arrested five Palestinian journalists in the West Bank Tuesday night in what appears to be a worrying manifestation of escalating tensions between Fatah and Hamas. [tmwinpost] Fatah-aligned PA security forces accused the five journalists of “leaking sensitive information to hostile parties,” presumably Hamas, according to a report on the official Palestinian Authority news agency WAFA Wednesday. Several of the arrested journalists work for…Read More...
Dozens of civil society, feminist, and anti-occupation groups form the 'Council for the Protection of Freedoms' to fight back against the government's and public's attacks against freedom of expression. Representatives from over 30 civil society organizations gathered on Friday in Nazareth for the founding conference of the "Council for the Protection of Freedoms." The council was established to fight back against the feeling among various organizations that their activities and freedom of expression are at risk. The goal will be to protect these freedoms from both the government as well as various tendencies among both Jewish and Arab society. [tmwinpost] The…Read More... | 8 Comments
The editor of Israeli media watchdog The Seventh Eye, Shuki Tausig, explains the current scandals involving Netanyahu and the media, and what they mean for journalism and democracy in Israel. The Israeli media is often lauded by outsiders as fierce and independent, often in order to demonstrate the ostensible strength of the country’s democracy. But a number of public scandals and political dramas over the past few months have exposed a far less flattering picture. [tmwinpost] Most of the story includes Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in one way or another. The latest political showdown saw Netanyahu trying to shut down…Read More...
The suspension of a Palestinian journalist by the Israeli Broadcasting Corporation is a reminder that even the most liberal media outlets still view Arabs with suspicion. Samah Wattad, a Palestinian citizen of Israel and journalist who works for the newly-formed Israeli Broadcast Corporation (IBC), was suspended Thursday after she retweeted an article that expressed support for Basel al-Araj, a Palestinian activist who was killed by Israeli soldiers last week. [tmwinpost] The decision to suspend Wattad came after Prime Minister Netanyahu used the occasion to write a Facebook status that accused the IBC of supporting terrorists. Wattad was forced to backtrack and apologize,…Read More... | 8 Comments
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