Two Israeli Journalists Attacked in West Bank Clashes

Palestinian police evacuate the journalists, who suffered light wounds, and transfer them to Civil Administration officers; one Palestinian wounded by rubber bullet.

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Clashes near Beitunia in the West Bank, May 16, 2014.
Clashes near Beitunia in the West Bank, May 16, 2014.Credit: Emil Salman
Gili Cohen

Two Israeli journalists were attacked near Beitunia in the West Bank on Friday, and were rescued by Palestinian security services.

The two journalists were reporting on clashes between Palestinians protesters and IDF forces that took place during the funerals of two teenagers who were killed by IDF forces on Thursday during protests to mark Nakba Day.

Some 150 Palestinians gathered in the area and one Palestinian was wounded by a rubber bullet the clashes. The IDF said that protesters threw stones and set tires alight. IDF forces in the area used stun grenades and tear-gas grenades on protesters, the military said.

The journalists said that at some point during the clashes, they were attacked by dozens of Palestinian youths. The two were transferred by Palestinian security forces to security coordination officers of the Civil Administration. The Israeli military spokesman said that the two suffered light injuries.

One of the journalists is Avi Issacharoff , Arab affairs analyst for the Walla website, and also for the Times of Israel. He tweeted: "Was attacked and beaten by Palestinian mob. Near Ramallah. Just because I'm an Israeli journalist."

Following the incident, Yoav Mordechai, the security coordinator in the territories spoke with Majid Faraj, head of Palestinian general intelligence, and said that it was further proof of the importance of coordination between the two sides.

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