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Israel's 'serial abuse' of Palestinian journalists reaches new low in 2019

Israel has occupied the West Bank since 1967 [Getty]

Date of publication: 8 November, 2019

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Israel has committed hundreds of violations against Palestinian journalists and media outlets this year, according to a new report.
Israeli forces have committed over 600 violations against Palestinian journalists this year, the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate said in a report this week.

The syndicate said the most violent form of violations was through opening fire at journalists. So far, there are 60 reported cases of injuries as a result of Israeli military shootings against journalists.

The report added that there are 170 cases of Israeli soldiers beating up, detaining journalists or blocking them from covering events. 

Currently, there are 18 journalists inside Israeli prisons.

The syndicate also noted the ongoing Facebook crackdown against Palestinian media pages that monitor human rights abuses. The report said it has monitored 180 cases of violations against Palestinian content on Facebook, including the removal of Palestinian accounts or posts. 

Half-a-century of illegal occupation

Israel has occupied the West Bank illegally since 1967, committing various abuses against Palestinian civilians.

More than 600,000 Israeli Jews live in settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, in constructions considered illegal under international law.

The Oslo agreement of 1995 divided the occupied West Bank into three: Area A, Area B and Area C.

Area A is under the administrative and security control of the Palestinian Authority (PA). Area B's administration is controlled by the Palestinian Authority, with Israel controlling security. Area C is under full administrative and security control of Israel.

Israeli forces and settlers routinely harass Palestinians in the occupied territories through harming and killing civilians, demolishing homes, poisoning livestock, vandalising property and other forms of violence.

Israel often forces Palestinians to demolish their own homes under the pretext of not having a building permit.

Applications for building permits often take years to be processed, giving Israeli courts a loophole to increase Palestinian home demolitions by branding structures as "illegal".

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