13 Palestinian journalists injured while attempting to cover Jerusalem sit-in


Israeli forces arrest a Palestinian in Jerusalem at a protest showing solidarity with the 1,500 Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli prisons, April 30, 2017 [Ma'an News]
Israeli forces arrest a Palestinian in Jerusalem at a protest showing solidarity with the 1,500 Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli prisons, April 30, 2017 [Ma'an News]
Posters confiscated by Israeli forces from Palestinians in Jerusalem at a protest showing solidarity with the 1,500 Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli prisons, April 30, 2017 [Ma'an News]
Israeli forces arrest a Palestinian in Jerusalem at a protest showing solidarity with the 1,500 Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli prisons, April 30, 2017 [Ma'an News]
Palestinians seen in Jerusalem at a protest showing solidarity with the 1,500 Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli prisons, April 30, 2017 [Ma'an News]
Israeli forces arrest a Palestinian in Jerusalem at a protest showing solidarity with the 1,500 Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli prisons, April 30, 2017

The Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate denounced the violent suppression of a peaceful sit-in in occupied East Jerusalem held Saturday afternoon, saying in a statement that the attack “will not prevent journalists from delivering Palestinians’ message to the world.” The group said in a statement Sunday morning that 13 Palestinian journalists were injured while attempting to cover the demonstration.

Israeli police had forcibly evacuated a peaceful sit-in organised at the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City, held to express support for approximately 1,500 Palestinian prisoners who have been on hunger strike in Israeli prisons for the past 14 days.

After marching through the streets, chanting slogans in solidarity with the hunger strikers, demonstrators were chased by Israeli police on horseback, with Israeli police officers also ripping up and confiscating pictures of Palestinian prisoners that protesters were carrying.

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Israeli forces also assaulted at least 13 journalists in an attempt to stop them from covering the attacks on demonstrators, according to the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate.

Among the injured was a reporter, Ahmad Gharabla, who was severely bruised on his chest after being assaulted by Israeli police on horseback, while Israeli police also beat Ammar Awad, a photographer, with the butts of their rifles.

Footage published by the Jerusalem-based news outlet Al-Quds Network showed mounted police charging at demonstrators and journalists.

According to the statement from the journalists’ syndicate, Israeli forces also confiscated cameras and other equipment from journalists at the rally.

This attack is just one of series of attacks committed by Israeli forces against journalists in an attempt to prevent them from exposing Israeli crimes. These attacks will not prevent journalists from delivering Palestinians’ message to the world

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