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»The journalists' union condemns the assault on the international march – IMEMC News


The Society of Palestinian Journalists (PJS) strongly condemned the suppression of the International Federation of Journalists' march to the Qalandia checkpoint by the Israeli occupation forces through intense use of toxic laceratory gases and a sound bomb that caused injuries to PJS President Nasse Abu Baker, through a gas bomb that gushed his shoulder and made many others get upset. One of the victims, journalist Adriana Hurtado, a Colombian member of the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Journalists, and colleague journalist Manal Khamis, a member of the PJS Council, had to be transferred to the medical clinic.

The PJS considered the brutal assault on the march, which was announced before entering Jerusalem with the identification of the international press and the IFJ president's participation as a clear aggression against world journalists, a violation of all international conventions and treatments and a clear violation of the journalists' right to work and to move freely in all occupied Palestinian territories, including Jerusalem.

The PJS said that this assault, which took place in front of the leaders of world journalists, is an expression of the arrogance of occupation and racism that the Israeli state has brought.

Moreover, the PJS has confirmed that directing all free voices that defend Palestinian rights and the poor attempt to obstruct journalists to fulfill their duty of discovering crimes of occupation against the Palestinian people are clear messages to the world that violence and power are the only logic that she understands and practices her occupational status.

The PJS stressed that this assault would not affect the agenda of IFJ meetings and international conferences. It will also not obstruct journalists to carry out their duties, regardless of price.

For its part, the Palestinian Center for Development and Freedoms Media (MADA) condemned Saturday unjustified attacks against Palestinian and international journalists by Israeli occupation forces, many of them suffocated by tear gas bombs.

A group of journalists participated in a peaceful march near the Qalandia checkpoint north of Jerusalem occupied by the Palestinian journalists' union in front of the Kalandia refugee camp, expressing solidarity with Palestinian journalists and their right to move freely through control points Israeli. However, according to PNN, occupation forces met these requirements only with extinguishing grenades and canisters of tear gas, which resulted in the injury of a group of journalists – including invited journalists who attended a conference in the city Ramallah – despite being identifiable with press vests and raising the IFJ book.

The march included dozens of local journalists, as well as a number of international journalists from the International Federation of Journalists, in addition to members of the Arab Federation of Journalists. They all wanted to participate and participate in the Ramallah international press conference called "Journalists under Fire".

Israeli occupation forces repressed journalist demonstrators, who were about 300 yards from the Qalandia checkpoint, by throwing gas bombs from a launcher on a military vehicle that suffocated dozens of journalists , including President International Federation of Journalists Philip Lorient Abdel Wahab Zghilat Head of Freedom Committee of the IFJ Adriana journalist, member of the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Colombia and member of the General Secretariat of the Palestinian Journalists' Union Manal Khamis , who was taken to the medical clinic for treatment. Palestinian journalist union chief Nasser Abu Bakr was also hit by a gas bomb directly in his right shoulder.

The MADA Center ensures that international law guarantees citizens the right to peaceful assembly and protest as a form of expression, but the Palestinian people in general and private journalists are still exposed to flagrant violations of this right by Israeli forces.

MADA is therefore deeply concerned about flagrant attacks and reiterates that the culture of impunity enjoyed by the Israeli army and international commitment to the state of occupation as a state above the law is the main reason for the continuation of these attacks.

The MADA Center also urged all countries to travel through international organizations such as the United Nations and its Security Council to keep Israel responsible for these crimes and attacks against journalists who have voiced their views in a peaceful manner.

Israeli unions take revenge on Palestinian and international journalists near Jerusalem


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