The Palestinian Journalists 'Association (PJS) strongly condemned the suppression of the International Federation of Journalists' march against the Qalandiya checkpoint by the Israeli occupation forces, using intensive use of poison gas and sound bombs, which caused the injury of PJS President Abu Bakr by a bomb One of the victims, journalist Adriana Hurtado, a Colombian member of the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Journalists, and journalist Manal Khamis, a member of the PJS board of directors, should go to the clinic.
PJS examined the brutal attack on the march, declared before the entry into Jerusalem with international journalistic identification and the participation of the IFJ president, as a clear aggression against all journalists in the world, scorning all international conventions and treaties, and a clear violation of the right to work and move freely throughout the occupied Palestinian territories, including Jerusalem.
PJS confirmed that this attack, which took place before the heads of the world's journalists, is an expression of the arrogance of the occupation and the racism imposed by the State of Israel.
Moreover, PJS confirmed that the focus of all free voices defending Palestinian rights, and the poor attempt to block journalists from their obligation to expose the crimes of the occupation against the Palestinian people, are clear messages to the world that violence and the only logic that the occupation state understands and practices.
PJS stressed that this attack will not affect the agenda of IFJ meetings and international conferences. Also, it wonâ € ™ t block journalists from doing their duties, no matter what the price.
The Palestinian Center for Development Research and Freedom of Communication (MDA) condemned the unjustified attacks against Palestinian and international journalists by the Israeli occupation forces on Saturday, many of whom were suffocated by tear gas bombs.
A group of journalists took part in a quiet march near the Qalandiya checkpoint, north of occupied Jerusalem, organized by the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate in front of the Qalandiya refugee camp, and expressed their solidarity with Palestinian journalists and their right to move freely through Israeli checkpoints. However, according to the PNN, the occupation forces met these simple requirements with stun grenades and tear gas canisters, resulting in the injury of a group of journalists – including visiting journalists who attended the conference – in the city of Ramallah "despite the fact that they were identified with their press vests and the IFJ .
The march was attended by dozens of local journalists and a number of international journalists from the International Federation of Journalists, in addition to members of the Arab Federation of Journalists. They were all scheduled to participate in and participate in the International Media Conference in Ramallah under the title "Under Fire".
The Israeli occupation forces suppressed the demonstrators, who were located about 300 meters from the Qalandiya checkpoint, by firing tear gas bombs from an explosive device installed on a military vehicle, which led to the suffocation of dozens of journalists, including the International Federation of Journalists journalists, Philippe Lorient, Abdel Wahab Zagilat, The Freedom Committee of the IFJ, the journalist Adriana, a member of the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Colombia and a member of the General Secretariat of the Palestinian Journalists' Association, Manal Khamis, who was taken to a treatment clinic. The head of the Palestinian Journalists Association, Nasser Abu Bakr, was also hit by a gas bomb directly in the right shoulder.
The MDA Center ensures that international laws guarantee citizens the right to convene and demonstrate peace as a form of expression, but the Palestinian people in general and journalists in particular are still exposed to flagrant violations of this right by Israeli forces.
Therefore, MDA is very concerned about the blatant attacks and reiterates that the culture of impunity granted to the Israeli army and international involvement with the occupying state as a state above the law is the main reason for the continuation of the attacks.
The MDA Center also called upon all countries to move to international organizations such as the United Nations and its Security Council so that Israel would be responsible for these crimes and for attacks against journalists who expressed their views peacefully.
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