Israel committed 414 violations against Palestinian journalists in 2020

Israeli border guards detain a Palestinian journalist during a demonstration near the 'separation barrier' in Bethlehem (Hazem Baderi - AFP)

Middle East Monitor  /  November 30, 2020

Israeli occupation forces committed 414 violations against Palestinian journalists since start of the year, Quds Press reported yesterday.

The Journalists’ Support Committee said in a statement that Israeli occupation forces “intentionally attack journalists” in an attempt to “suppress the truth about their violations”.

According to Quds Press, the organization issued the statement on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, which is marked on 29 November.

The statement stated that the Israeli occupation forces used live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets and poisonous and tear gas against Palestinian journalists, while banning them from covering major incidents and events, closing their offices, storming the homes of journalists and breaking their equipment, detaining and torturing them.

This, the body said, is part of the occupation’s “fierce war” against the Palestinian media and its content.

The committee renewed its condemnation of the occupation’s “arbitrary practices of directly and deliberately targeting journalists while performing their duties and field coverage of the occupation’s crimes against the Palestinian people.” It said that there are 25 journalists currently inside Israeli jails.

The committee reiterated its call on international bodies to put pressure on Israel to release journalists.