Foto: Anna Wester
Som varje fredag hölls demonstrationer mot muren i flera byar på Västbanken. Och som varje fredag bemöttes demonstranterna av tårgas och skarp ammunition från de israeliska soldaterna. I går attackerades även media, både i Ni’lin och i Bil’in. I Ni’lin besköts två kameramän med skarp ammunition och i Bil’in blev en Al-Jazeera-reporter beskjuten av tårgas vilket också fångades på film.
Från Maan News:
Two journalists – one Israeli an one Palestinian – were wounded by bullets fired by Israeli soldiers while documenting a weekly demonstration in the West Bank village of Ni’lin.
Palestinian, Israeli, and international demonstrators held their weekly demonstration against Israel’s separation wall, which is being constructed on a route that cuts across Ni’lin’s land. The protest began as usual at 12:30pm.
According to witnesses, after initially spraying tear gas on the demonstrators, soldiers began opening fire on the demonstrators at 4pm, who included teenagers hurling stones at the Israeli soldiers. A spokesperson for the International Solidarity Movement said that the soldiers fired from a distance of 20 meters.
“I was filming in the demonstration when the soldiers shot directly at us,” said Hamoudeh Saeed Amirah, a Ni’lin resident who films the protests for Iranian broadcaster Press TV. He told Ma’an he was shot in the leg with live ammunition, but the bullet did not enter his body. Amirah was treated by medics on the scene.
Amirah said he was wearing a vest that clearly labeled him with the words “TV” and “Press.” Amirah is a fixture at the demonstrations and Ma’an has observed him frequently wearing his press vest.
Amirah said that he was standing in the vicinity of the stone-throwing teens.
The other person wounded was prominent Israeli filmmaker David Reeb, who Amirah said was standing near him. Amirah and other witnesses said Reeb was shot in the thigh from live ammunition. An Israeli ambulance retrieved him and transported him to a hospital inside Israel.
The International Solidarity Movement spokesperson said that demonstrators shouted to the soldiers at this point “you’ve shot an Israeli!”
An Israeli military spokesperson denied that live ammunition had been used. She said that a “preliminary examination” by military doctors showed that soldiers fired rubber bullets. The spokesperson said she was not aware whether the soldiers could tell they were firing on journalists.
The weekly demonstrations, the Israeli spokesperson said, are a “violent zone.” “We always stress that people should take their safety precautions.
Since the weekly protests were renewed in May 2008, Israeli forces have killed five residents of Ni’lin and critically injured an American activist.
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