Israeli forces crack down on Palestinian press

9 Jun


Israeli forces attack and detain award-winning photo-journalist Hamde Abu Rahme as he was covering the weekly protest at Bi’lin village near Ramallah on Friday. Six Israeli soldiers beat Abu Rahme up, removed his film, erased all his photos and broke his camera.

Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss journal, 7 June, 2014

Disturbing reports from Palestine: Israeli forces raid the Palestinian TV studio in East Jerusalem and break up the airing of the “Good Morning Jerusalem” programme because it is “inciting against” the Israeli occupation. They detain a guest and two employees; and meantime in the Friday Bil’in demonstration, soldiers beat the great photographer Hamde Abu Rahme, break his camera, and erase his images.

Palestinian journalist Daoud Kuttab reports on twitter: “Israeli spokeswoman tells BBC they raided TV studio in J’lm because of content.”

The full report from MADA, the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedom:

Ramallah 6 June 2014: Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedom, MADA, condemns the raiding of occupation forces the place where ”Sabah Al-Khair Ya Quds” Good Morning Jerusalem Programme was being filmed (on Palestine TV), and they forced the staff to stop broadcasting. They arrested the programme director of  production, Nadir Paprs, the cameraman of Pal Media agency, Ashraf Al- Shweeki, and one of the guests, claiming that the program is not licensed, and it’s inciting against Israeli occupation.

The director of the program ,Mai Abu Asab, told MADA that Israeli occupation forces raided the headquarter of the studio , where the programme was being broadcast live, they told them to stop immediately filming, and they arrested her colleagues, Paprs and Al-Shweeki, who were released  after a half and an hour interrogation. Mai said: “All the  accusations against the programme, [that] it is illegal, not licensed and inciting against Israeli occupation, are not true at all, since we have been broadcasting for five years through Pal Media company which is licensed in the city.” Mai said also that the Israelis told  her colleagues that a complaint will be submitted  against the administration  of the programme.

Moreover, Israeli occupation forces also attacked the freelance journalist, Hamde Abu Rahme, by severe beating. They erased all the photos taken by his camera, and its lens was broken while he was covering the events of the weekly march in Bi’lin village west of Ramallah. Mr. Abu Rahme told MADA an Israeli soldiers had approached near him, and they ordered him to stop filming, giving them his camera. Since he refused that, 6 Israeli soldiers attacked him, and he was beaten in a violent way. They aimed the gun towards his head and his camera was taken forcibly. Abu Rahme added: “They beat me violently, using their hands and the bottoms of the guns. They also erased all the photos taken by the camera of my freelance colleague, Haitham Al-Khateeb.”

MADA confirms that this violation is a complement of Israeli occupation practices which aim to hide the truth on Israeli occupation practices against  the occupied Jerusalem city and its citizens. MADA  demands the international community to quickly put  an end for Israeli violations on media freedom.

Below, Rahme explains his determination to become a journalist after his cousin was killed by Israeli forces in 2009. Why is it important? Without media, Bil’in would not be known by the world.


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