According to the Palestinian Committee for the Protection of Journalists (PCPJ), Israeli forces arrested nine Palestinian journalists in October alone.
AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): According to the Palestinian Committee for the Protection of Journalists (PCPJ), Israeli forces arrested nine Palestinian journalists in October alone.
Fifteen other Palestinian journalists were injured by Israeli forces during the operation. According to the latest report by the Palestinian POW Club, the number of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons has reached 4,600, including 200 children and 35 women, and 500 are in “administrative detention.”
Earlier, the PCPJ said in a report that the Israeli government had violated the rights of Palestinian media workers 652 times since the beginning of the year. They were hit by Israeli airstrikes.
The committee called on the international community to protect Palestinian journalists who are always targets of Israeli attacks. She also called for pressure on Tel Aviv to release 24 captured journalists.
In an annual report in January, the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS) claimed that Israel had violated the rights of Palestinian journalists 490 times in 2020.
Systemic violation of international laws
The Israeli government continues to detain Palestinian journalists in violation of international law. Torture and the arrest of journalists are a complete violation not only of Israeli domestic law but also of international law. Reporters Without Borders (RWB) also warned last month that journalists and families of Palestinian prisoners are at risk of arbitrary detention following completely unfair convictions.
Elsewhere in the world, in Turkey for example, there are Western reactions to violations of journalists’ rights. Last year, the European Court of Human Rights responded to the arrest of journalists by the Turkish government, ruling that temporary and lengthy sentences for journalists in Turkey are based only on “suspicious cases” and there is no convincing evidence to deny the journalists. Of their right to liberty before judicial proceedings.
Cases of violations of journalists’ rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories have been much more frequent compared to Turkey, but Western institutions are choosing to turn a blind eye.
In the shadow of this Western blindness, Tel Aviv demolished the al-Jalaa communications tower in Gaza City with the help of bunker bombs that penetrated the base of the tower, which hosted the AP and Aljazeera offices. The bomb photos were broadcast live on world media. The “shocking and frightening” attacks, an alleged war crime, have remained virtually unanswered by the international community and Western governments.
Israeli officials have repeatedly demonstrated that they do not shy away from violating international laws in light of Western silence and support. Last week, the Israeli envoy to the UN tore up a report by Human Rights Watch condemning Tel Aviv. The Israeli regime has been violating UN resolutions for many years, and settlements in the West Bank are the most obvious form of violation of international law.
Seeks to obscure crimes
Tel Aviv knows that the more it harms journalists, the more it can narrow the flow of information about Palestinian circumstances. Thus, the constant attacks on journalists come with the aim of preventing a global awareness of the reality in the Occupied Territories.
The Israeli military routinely attacks, beats, arrests, seizes equipment of journalists covering protests against settlement projects, raising the cost of reporting on the situation in Palestine so that limited journalists can cover. With risks of long-term detentions and inhumane conducts by Israeli forces, journalists usually have much difficulty and restrictions reporting from Palestine.
In addition, there is a systemic censorship policy pursued by Israeli elements. The Israeli regime, despite claims to be democratic, has laws of military oversight of new productions and media and therefore imposes a strict regime of censorship. The Israeli Military Censor (IMC) is a unit of the Israeli army that monitors the publication of information about the military network and the general security. The IMC has a “censorship agreement” signed in 1966 with media representatives. The Israeli media are ruled by a 1945 emergency law imposed when Palestine was under the British mandate. This censorship includes content that is published on television and radio networks and in newspapers and even in books, and before it is published, it must be examined by the relevant center, and the content that is dangerous in terms of military censorship must be removed from the content. . Naturally, content related to Palestine and against the Israelis favor is easily deleted and censored. Tel Aviv has complete control over the cyber space and the communications networks of the Palestinian territories.
Cover-up of the Israeli crimes in Palestine takes place both through detaining and silencing the journalists and also officially by the government agencies on Tel Aviv-controlled cyberspace and communication networks. These actions explain why Israeli crimes find their way into the international media less frequently.