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PCHR Strongly Condemns Targeting of Journalists in Gaza by Israeli Warplanes


Ref:
128/2012 

Photo by PCHR

 

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns
the wounding of 10 journalists and media professionals while they were carrying
out their jobs, when Israeli Occupation Forces attacked the offices of al-Quds
Television and al-Aqsa Television this morning. 
PCHR stresses that journalists and media professionals, like civilian
persons, enjoy special protection in time of war under international
humanitarian law; targeting them constitutes a systematic crime to silence the
press and prevent journalists from reporting on the crimes that are being
committed by Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip.

 

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately
01:35 on Sunday, 18 November 2012, Israeli warplanes fired 4 missiles at the
office of al-Quds Satellite Channel, which is located on the top floor of the
11-storey Shawa and Hussari tower building in Gaza City.  The missiles penetrated the roof of the
building and exploded inside the office. 
As a result, 7 journalists and trainees who were in the office were
wounded.  The wounds of two were
described as serious; Khader al-Zahhar, 20, lost his leg in the attack and
sustained shrapnel wounds throughout his body, and Mohammed al-Akhras, 20, also
sustained extensive shrapnel wounds.  The
other persons who were wounded are:

 

1- Ibrahim Lubbas,
22, who sustained bruising throughout his body;

2- Omar al-Efranji,
18, who sustained bruising throughout his body;

3- Hussein
al-Madhoun, 22, who sustained bruising throughout his body;

4- Hazem
al-Da’our, 25, who suffered from temporary suffo
cation; and

5- Darwish
Bulbol, 29, who suffered from temporary suffocation. 

 

The office and the nearby offices of al-Quds Radio and Ramattan
News Agency were extensively damaged.

 

At approximately 06:55. also on Sunday, a missile was fired at the
office of al-Aqsa Television on the 15th floor of al-Shorouq tower
building in the west of Gaza City.  The
missile penetrated to the 14th floor and exploded inside the offices
of Palestine Media Production (PMP).  As
a result, 3 journalists were moderately wounded:

 

1- Mazen Naeem,
27, Correspondent of Press TV;

2- Mohammed
al-Sharafi, 30; a cameraman of PMP; and

3- Mohammed
al-Mubayidh, 25, a cameraman of PMP. 

 

The offices of al-Aqsa Television and PMP were damaged.

 

At the time of writing this press release, media reports indicate
that, early this afternoon, Israeli forces requested international journalists
to leave al-Shorouq tower building in Gaza City; this indicates that more
crimes may be committed against journalists and media institutions in the Gaza
Strip.  It is worth noting that many
local and international press and media outlets use these offices, including
Fox News, Abu Dhabi Satellite Channel, Dubai Channel, al-Arabiya News Channel,
MBC and PMP, which provides media services to many international
televisions. 

 

Additionally, in the early morning, Israeli forces jammed the
broadcasts of a number of local radio stations, and broadcast messages on the
waves of these stations.  Further to
this, 4 local news websites were hacked by Israeli forces on Saturday evening
and Sunday morning. 

 

It should be noted that Israeli forces have committed dozens of
crimes against local and international journalists since 2000.  As a result of these crimes, 11 journalists,
including two international ones, have been killed while carrying out their
jobs reporting on crimes committed by Israeli forces against Palestinian
civilians, and dozens of other journalists have been wounded.

 

PCHR strongly condemns crimes committed by Israeli forces against
journalists and media professionals, who enjoy special protection in time of
war under the international humanitarian law. 
PCHR calls upon the international community, in particular the High
Contracting Parties to the 1949 Geneva Conventions, to fulfill their
obligations to ensure respect for the Convention, and to effectively intervene
to prevent grave breaches of the Convention by Israel.


Photo by PCHR


Photo by PCHR


Photo by PCHR


Photo by PCHR


 Photo by PCHR