Six Palestinian Journalists Injured Covering Clashes With Israel, Press Group Says

Palestinian journalists’ union says Israeli forces attacked one television crew, blocked another from covering a police raid on a hospital and prevented a third from entering Halamish, site of Friday’s murder of three Israelis

Israeli forces and Palestinian protesters clash in East Jerusalem, July 21, 2017.
Emil Salman

Six Palestinian journalists were injured while covering Friday’s events in Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Hebron, the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate and the Palestinian Authority’s Information Ministry said in separate statements issued on Saturday.

The organizations also said that Israeli security forces attacked a Palestine TV crew during a live broadcast, prevented a crew from the al-Quds Media and Communications Center from covering an Israeli raid on East Jerusalem’s Makassed Hospital and blocked a second Palestine TV crew from entering Halamish, the Israeli settlement where a Palestinian man murdered three members of the same Israeli family on Friday night.

Photojournalist Sinan Abu Maizer was hit in the head and Afif Amira, a photographer for Wafa, the official Palestinian Authority news agency, was hit in the stomach, both of them by rubber-tipped metal bullets. Mirna Atrash of the Ma’an Palestinian news agency was hit in the face by a tear-gas canister fired by a soldier as she observed clashes near the separation barrier in Bethlehem.

Ma’an journalist Muhammad Lahham, the head of the union’s public freedoms committee, suffered from tear-gas inhalation at the same protests.

Wafa photographer Mashhour Wahwah was wounded in the foot by a stun grenade in Hebron. Also wounded was Fawzi al-Shubki, a journalist at al-Hayat al-Jadida and the head of the PJS in Hebron.

The Red Crescent said that in addition to the three Palestinians who were killed in Friday’s clashes, 23 were wounded by live bullets and 147 by rubber-tipped bullets, 65 Palestinians suffered broken limbs and bruises after being attacked by police and soldiers and 215 suffered from gas inhalation. In Jerusalem, 110 people received treatment and in the West Bank and Gaza another 340.