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WATCH: Soldiers attack Palestinian journalists in West Bank refugee camp

Soldiers push, throw stun grenades and point their guns at Palestinian journalists reporting on clashes in Jalazone refugee camp.

A video published last weekend showed a group of soldiers from the Kfir Brigade assaulting a Palestinian man in Jalazone refugee camp, throwing him on the ground while kicking and beating him with their guns. Four of the soldiers were sentenced — one of them was reprimanded, one was given 30-day confinement, and two others received 28-day suspended sentences each.

On Tuesday, activists from the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) — which brings activists from around the world to participate in acts of nonviolent protests against the occupation — released a longer video that captures more of the incident in Jalazone. The new video shows soldiers repeatedly harassing a group of Palestinian journalists who are standing at a distance from clashes between residents of the camp and soldiers.

The soldiers are seen trying to push the journalists away from the scene of the clashes, swear at them, repeatedly point their guns at them, push them and throw stun grenades at them. At one point, the journalists respond to the soldiers by swearing at them. However, it is clear from the video that they pose no threat to the soldiers.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit responded to the second video, stating that the the commander of the Kfir Brigade, Col. Asher Ben-Lulu, has properly investigated the incident in Jalazone, and found that it was “a violent riot that lasted a number of hours, during which the rioters threw Molotov cocktails, rocks and stones at the soldiers. At one point, a company commander was wounded by a stone thrown at his face, he was evacuated from the scene with a possible cracked eye socket.”

While the IDF Spokesperson’s response detailed the sentences of the four soldiers involved in assaulting the man in the first video, there is no mention of the Palestinian journalists harassed by the soldiers, despite not posing a threat to them.

Over the past few months there has been several incidents of violence by Israeli soldiers toward journalists in the West Bank. Last month, a journalist was struck in the eye by a rubber bullet. The IDF Spokesperson has yet to respond to the incident. Two months ago, soldiers were videotaped throwing stones at and attacking Israeli and Palestinian photojournalists during a protest in the West Bank.

This article was first published in Hebrew on Local Call. Read it here.

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    1. BigCat

      This Jpost article below presents the whole story:

      One of the comrades of the arrested man said of the man: “I swear he is crazy!”

      Check this out, folks:

      http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/New-video-exposes-provocation-leading-up-to-IDF-soldiers-beating-Palestinian-406349

      The video clip embedded in the above Jpost report contains a complete translation of what happened.

      1). The video clip shows that the man who was beat-up by the IDF-soldiers verbally insulted, assaulted and threatened the soldiers, including with gestures;

      2). The video clip shows that the IDF-soldiers repeatedly pushed the man away from them and asked him to go away, but the donkey wouldn’t listen;

      3). The video clip shows that the comrades of the man repeatedly tried to maneuver him away from the IDF-soldiers, but the donkey wouldn’t listen to them. He continued approaching the soldiers, while verbally abusing them and threatening them;

      4). the video clip shows that the man resisted arrest and, as such, IDF-soldiers met force with force!

      5). One of the comrades of the arrested man said of the man: “I swear he is crazy!”

      6). the violent man who was arrested is NOT a journalist; at least one of the “journalists” verbally assaulted and threatened the soldiers!

      7). It was ruled that the soldiers acted CORRECTLY in arresting the man and that two soldiers applied excessive force. The Sentence they received is one of the stupidest mistakes the IDF has ever made.

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    2. Ben

      “…I swear I’ll smash your face! You have the balls to take my picture?! You trany! You fag! .. You want a bullet?! What do you want?!…Let’s arrest him. Oh my mother let’s arrest him. I feel like arresting all of them. I feel like arresting all of them. I have a bullet here inside my rifle. Hey! – Hey f*ck you mother you slut! … You mother you slut. . F*ck both your mothers. F*ck your mother’s mother you son of a whore! One more word and I f*ck your mother! One more word! Go on talk! Talk! F*ck your mother’s mother! Talk! Talk! I want to hear one more word! One word! Your mother son of a whore!…”

      Serious lack of military discipline. Towards journalists. Where are the officers? Are these the officers? Geez. The savage beating to the head at 7:48 is something to see.

      One feels bad also for young soldiers trapped in a system and an untenable, unsustainable situation they did it create but are conscripted to serve and perpetuate. What’s most important in this transcript in my opinion is best seen by editing it to highlight the phrases that reflect the attitude of occupiers and not just momentarily enraged soldiers’ rough language:

      “You have the balls to take my picture?! .. You want a bullet?!…Let’s arrest him. Oh my mother let’s arrest him. I feel like arresting all of them. I feel like arresting all of them. I have a bullet here inside my rifle. … One more word! Go on talk! Talk! … Talk! Talk! I want to hear one more word! One word!”

      Let’s edit it further:

      “I feel like arresting all of them.” [Because we can.]

      Our harsh logic.

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      • BigCat

        Apparently this psychotic moron called Brian alias “Ben” alias “MuslimJew” alias “Giora Me’ir” alias etc., not only does not understand Arabic and Hebrew, but is also too confused and stupid to understand the English translation provided to him and as a result can’t figure out who says/said what to whom.

        Here is the chronology of what happened and who said what, Brian, alias “Ben” alias etc.:

        IDF-soldier: you have the ball to take my picture, you bunch of pussies? Go man, shut up! You trany pile of shit, go man! You go, shut up! For goodness sake – GO!

        Arab “journalist” to IDF-soldier: “I swear I will smash your face” (while threatening the solders with hand gestures)!

        IDF-soldiers: “what you gonna do?!

        Arab “journalist” threatens IDF-soldier: “I swear I will smash your face”!

        IDF-soldier: “what you gonna do?

        Arab “journalist”: “I swear I will smash your face”!

        IDF-soldier: What, you trany, what you gonna do?

        Friend of the Arab “journalist” to the Arab “journalist”: “Enough, go!”

        Arab “journalist” to soldier: “Go!”

        IDF-soldier: “go away you too, before I break your glasses”. What you gonna do, what you gonna do, what you gonna do?

        Arab “journalist” yelling to soldier: “raise your gun, let’s see you!”

        The friends of the Arab “journalist” manages to push him away. The IDF-soldier walks away, BUT then came the donkey who started to insult, assault, threaten and actually physically attack IDF-soldiers and refused to walk away despite repeated warnings from the soldiers and the pleadings of his friends and got beat-up by the soldiers. That donkey is extremely lucky that he was not dealing with US-marines, but instead with the more dovish IDF-soldiers, because the former would have sent him where he belonged and the story would be a different one today!

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        • Jeff

          It is obvious from the video that the IDF soldiers initiated the conflict. They behaved like a bunch of school yard bullies. Your claim that the situation would have turned out worse if it had been US Marines on the scene is nothing short of stupid. No one can know what any particular group of Marines would have done. But we do know what this particular group of IDF soldiers did.

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          • BigCat

            Yet another rambling mumbo jumbo.

            The so-called “journalists” were clearly interfering with the work of IDF-soldiers. That is evident from the video.

            IDF-soldiers asked the “journalists” to go away – repeatedly, but they would not listen, but instead continued hindering the soldiers from doing their work. IDF-soldiers then started pushing the “journalists” away. If that is what you mean by “It is obvious from the video that the IDF soldiers initiated the conflict”, then YEEES, they did, AND they had EVERY damn RIGHT to do so! When soldiers/cops on duty tell you to go away, you have two choices: either go away as told or stay and fight them at YOUR OWN risk. Got that moron?!

            As to “No one can know what any particular group of Marines would have done”, I will tell you what “a particular group of Marines” already did and you can draw your conclusions. Here ya go: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/marine-no-regrets-urinating-taliban-article-1.1399764 .

            “Do I regret doing it? Hell no,” the 35-year-old Leatherneck said from his Richlands, N.C., home.

            Oh boy, this Marine is my kind of Marine with the heart of a lion! I wanna get the chance to pee on the dead head of Hassan Nasrallah and that will be the best pee of my life!

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          • Zaki

            Jeff,
            The guy who was beaten was being arrested after grabbing the weapon of one of the soldiers, at which point he should’ve been shot dead, in the opinion of many police/military officials worldwide put in the same situation. The press showed up after locals had already been attacking the soldiers and starting the violence. To say otherwise is to knowingly live in ignorance. Your life must be bliss.

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      • BigCat

        Apparently this psychotic moron called Brian alias “Ben” alias “MuslimJew” alias “Giora Me’ir” alias etc., not only does not understand Arabic and Hebrew, but is also too confused and stupid to understand the English translation provided to him and can’t figure out who says/said what to whom.

        Here is the chronology of what happened and who said what, Brian, alias “Ben” alias etc.:

        IDF-soldier: you have the ball to take my picture, you bunch of pussies? Go man, shut up! You trany pile of shit, go man! You go, shut up! For goodness sake – GO!

        Arab “journalist” threatens IDF-soldier: “I swear I will smash your face” (while physically threatening the solders with hand gestures)!

        IDF-soldiers: “what you gonna do?!

        Arab “journalist”: “I swear I will smash your face”!

        IDF-soldier: “what you gonna do?

        Arab “journalist”: “I swear I will smash your face”!

        IDF-soldier: What, you trany, what you gonna do?

        Friend of the Arab “journalist” to the Arab “journalist”: “Enough, go!”

        Arab “journalist” to soldier: “Go!”

        IDF-soldier: “go away you too, before I break your glasses”. What you gonna do, what you gonna do, what you gonna do?

        Arab “journalist” yelling to soldier: “raise your gun, let’s see you!”

        The friends of the Arab “journalist” manages to push him away. The IDF-soldier walks away, BUT then came the donkey who started to insult, assault, threaten and actually physically attack IDF-soldiers and refused to walk away despite repeated warnings from the soldiers and the pleadings of his friends and got beat-up by the soldiers. That donkey is extremely lucky that he was not dealing with US-marines, but instead with the more dovish IDF-soldiers, because the former would have sent him where he belonged and the story would be a different one today!

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