MADA Annual Violations Report: 2010
Last year MADA monitored numerous violations against journalists operating in
Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Political circumstances such as the
continuing occupation of the West Bank by Israeli military forces and illegal settlers,
the end to the freeze on settlement building, the implementation and eventual stalling
of the trilateral peace talks between Israel the PA and the USA, the attack on the Gaza
Freedom flotilla and the continuing divisions between Palestinian government
representatives in the West Bank and Gaza, all compounded to create an atmosphere
of intense tension in the region in 2010.
These continued and amplified tensions took their toll on the freedom of expression of
Palestinian journalists and media outlets in 2010 with a total of 218 reported
violations, averaging at 18 violations per month. This is a marked increase of 45
violations or 26% on the previous year, which saw 173 violations.
The majority of reported violations were perpetrated by the Israeli Occupation Forces
and settlers with a total of 139 violations in 2010, equalling more than 80% of all
reported incidents and an increase of 54% compared with 2009.
Throughout this difficult period MADA has continued to defend the rights of
journalists both through its legal unit, providing free advice and representation for
journalists, and by monitoring events daily and issuing up to date press releases,
statements and monthly reports on all violations against media freedoms in the
occupied Palestinian territories.
SUMMARY OF VIOLATIONS
The types of violations committed are divided into 12 categories, the highest reported
of which being physical attacks, with 89 Israeli Occupation Force and 10 Palestinian
Security Force attacks on journalists in 2010.
Aside from physical attacks, the majority of reported incidents were detentions, with
36 (19 IOF and 17 Palestinian forces violations); arrests, with a total of 32 (18 IOF
and 14 Palestinian forces violations), and 20 summonses for investigation (3 IOF and
17 by Palestinian forces).
MADA has also been receiving reports of a new tactic employed by Israeli settlers in
discouraging journalists’ coverage and impeding their work, including direct threats
to their person and vandalizing press vehicles, in particular tyres.
In Gaza, the prevention of travel to and from the Strip has intensified since 2009; in
addition, the publications of three Palestinian newspapers, Al-Hayat Al-Jadedeh, Al-
Ayyam and Al-Quds, were finally allowed to enter the Strip by Israeli border officials
after a three year ban, only to then be denied entry by Hamas officials at the border
terminal. In the West Bank, Hamas’ official radio station Aqsa Radio was served with
a petition ordering a permanent ban on operating or broadcasting in the West Bank.
Total Violations by Type 2010
Type of Violation Israeli Palestinian TOTAL
Attacks 89 10 99
Detention 19 17 36
Arrests 18 14 32
Investigation 3 17 20
Raids 0 8 8
Coverage 3 4 7
Prevention of Travel/
Deportation 3 3 6
Property 3 0 3
Threats 1 2 3
Closures/Blockades 0 2 2
Confiscation 0 1 1
Frequency Disruption 0 1 1
TOTAL 139 79 218
“Even now, the government in Gaza is prohibiting the access of Palestinian daily
newspapers to the Strip. They say that if the PA lifts its ban on the circulation of
Hamas newspaper ‘Falasteen’ in the West Bank they will allow us access. I don’t
understand why we, as journalists, are being punished for policies out of our
- Maher Sheikh -
Editor in Chief of Al-Quds newspaper
In good news however, there were no journalist fatalities in 2010, an improvement on
2009 when 4 were killed in Gaza in 2009 by Israeli forces during ‘Operation Cast
Lead’, and 1 in 2008 by Israeli occupation forces.
March saw the highest number of violations in 2010, including 27 IOF violations out
of a total of 31. This came as a result of intensified weekly Palestinian demonstrations
and the outbreak of clashes after the Israeli government declared the Ibrahimi Mosque
in Hebron a Jewish heritage site just four days before the 16th anniversary of the
massacre of 29 Muslims worshiping in the mosque by Israeli settler Baruch Goldstein.
Demonstrators also protested against increased house demolitions and evictions in the
East Jerusalem areas of Silwan, Sheikh Jarrah and Al Issawiya, making way for new
Israeli settlements. In response to the increased unrest Israeli forces cracked down not
only on demonstrators but also on the journalists reporting the events.
“All of the violations committed by the Israeli Occupation Forces against journalists
are aimed at restricting their freedom of movement and travel, they wish to prevent
media coverage and the circulation of material that shows the crimes they are
committing against Palestinians in the West Bank and Jerusalem.”
- Mahmoud A’lian -
In July, 28 violations were reported, with a reported 18 offences committed by the
IOF, the majority occurring during the weekly marches in the various villages across
the West Bank coordinated by the Popular Committee Against the Wall. 10 offences
by Palestinian security services were reported with the majority occurring in Gaza,
including the prevention of travel, detentions and numerous attacks.
Total Violations by Month 2010
Month Israeli Palestinian TOTAL
January 12 3 15
February 13 2 15
March 27 4 31
April 8 3 11
May 10 1 11
June 9 6 15
July 19 9 28
August 8 11 19
September 10 5 15
October 12 8 20
November 4 15 19
December 7 12 19
TOTAL 139 79 218
Of the areas most affected by violations against journalists, Hebron had the highest
number of reported incidences with a total of 53, 45 of which were perpetrated by
Israeli forces. The high density of soldiers in this region - an estimated 2000 deployed
to protect approximately 500 ideological settlers - often leads to the harsh
implementation of Israel’s unofficial but nevertheless institutionalised blackout of
media reportage in the region.
“Hebron is the only Palestinian city with an Israeli army and settler occupation at its
heart. Palestinians in Hebron are faced with this malevolent presence everyday.
Journalists here are subjected to frequent attacks because the Israeli army does not
want them to report on the ongoing settler aggression; they seek to punish us in order
to placate the settlers.”
- Nassar Shoukhi -
Agence France Presse photographer
Ramallah was the second most affected region with 28 IOF and 10 PA violations,
with most occurring at the checkpoints of Qalandia and Al-Atara and the surrounding
villages of Bila’in and Ni’lin, hosts to some of the most popular and renowned of the
31 violations occurred in Jerusalem, the majority of which occurred whilst journalists
were covering the clashes sparked by Palestinian house demolitions and evictions. In
Gaza, 24 violations by Hamas forces were reported with the majority involving the
prevention of travel, raids on homes or offices and arrests, and one IOF violation
when soldiers opened fire on a group of journalists covering a peaceful
“The IOF don’t want journalists to print daily updates on the reality of the situation
in Jerusalem. The violence against Jerusalem based journalists is continual and
brutal, they want to stop our work and prevent us from reaching areas where attacks
and clashes are taking place. I was subjected to many attacks in 2010, I was beaten
unconscious many times, waking up on the ground or in hospital with no memory of
how I got there.”
- Diala Juweihan -
Al-Quds Net reporter
Total Violations by Region 2010
Area Israeli Palestinian Total
Hebron 45 8 53
Ramallah 28 5 33
Jerusalem 31 0 31
Gaza City 1 24 25
Bethlehem 13 10 23
Nablus 10 12 22
Qalqilia 0 7 7
Birzeit 4 0 4
Khanyounis 0 4 4
Beit Hanoun 1 2 3
Rafah 0 3 3
Jenin 0 2 2
Jericho 2 0 2
Salfeet 2 0 2
Tulkarem 0 2 2
Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that:
“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes
freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart
information and ideas through any media and regardless frontiers”
One of the key problems faced by journalists in Palestine is the jurisdiction of the land
in which they report. West Bank land generally falls into 3 categories, areas A, B and
C; and in Hebron H-1 and H-2.
Area Jurisdiction and Administration
A PA: full internal jurisdiction over civil affairs, security and public
order. Israel: full external jurisdiction of land surrounding area A
cities in matters of security.
B PA: part jurisdiction over civil affairs and public order. Israel: joint
authority in matters of security.
C Israel: full military control over internal administration and security.
Hebron H-1 PA: part jurisdiction over civil affairs and administration. Israel: part
jurisdiction, joint control over security.
Hebron H-2 Israel: full military control over internal administration and security.
Jerusalem Israel: full control, administered as an Israeli municipality.
- According to the 1995 Oslo Interim Agreement
and the Hebron Protocol
Area C consists of more that 60% of the West Bank’s land mass, placing more than
half of the occupied Palestinian territories under full Israeli control. Area C is
considered the most contentious, in areas for example that border Settlements and/or
the Separation Barrier, and as such are frequently targeted for Israeli Military or
settler aggression. All villages involved in the weekly Popular Committee Against the
Wall demonstrations are in designated Area C and are subject to Closed Military Zone
(CMZ) orders, enforced by the Israeli military, at any time. As a result journalists
attending these demonstrations are subject to Israeli military protocol, which can
restrict or ban all media coverage of these events in contravention to international law
and without liability. This lack of IOF accountability often leads to unprovoked
attacks, harassment and arrests against both the civilian population and media
“The number of violations against journalists is steadily increasing because of the
strong images and articles that have been presented portraying Israeli violence. But
even with all of these attacks journalists will continue their work, we are determined
to cover daily events.
- Haron Amayreh -
Palestine TV reporter
In Gaza and the West Bank a similar trend can be seen; although the majority of
violations fall into the categories of summons, arrests and detentions, the aim remains
the same: to intimidate and harass journalists critical of Palestinian governments into
either ceasing their work or publishing material more favourable to the governments’
public image. This stands in direct contravention to Article 19 of Basic Palestinian
Law, which states that:
“Every person shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and
expression, and shall have the right to publish his opinion orally, in writing, or in
any form of art, or through any other form of expression, provided that it does not
contradict with the provisions of law”
In 2010 MADA researched and published the report ‘The impact of violations on self-
censorship among Palestinian media workers’, seeking to underline the key
challenges and barriers to the freedom of expression of journalists and media outlets.
There are many manifestations of censorship in the Palestinian territories, one of the
most prominent being self-censorship. The research found that:
“The Palestinian political regime in the West Bank and Gaza Strip play a prominent
role in perpetuating self-censorship among media workers. The mutual interests
between political agendas and media amplify censorship and provoke internal
divisions. Journalists prefer to self-censor their work for fear of losing work and being
arrested or threatened”.
(Alfataftah, MADA, 2010)
“Now I can say that three years ago I was much more daring in my criticism of the
internal situation in the Gaza Strip. The ongoing repression against journalists
changes from time to time and has now become an internal conflict, journalists are
scared to talk about specific subjects.”
- Atif Abu Saif -
Seasat Magazine editor in chief
The right of access to information is not guaranteed under Palestinian legislation
despite the importance of such a law to ensure freedom of expression. MADA issued
another study ‘The right of access to information and its reality in Palestine’ in 2010,
“There are obstacles facing the right of access to information in Palestine, particularly
in regards to legislation where there is no a specific law sanctioning it. In some
instances of Palestinian law, existing legislation is actually incompatible with this
right, and in others, the principles of the right of access to information were not
adopted as part of other relevant legislation such as the right of assembly. In regards
to the practical application of this right, research indicated different Palestinian
National Authority policies and procedures that actively prevent the right of access to
information, particularly in regards to the withholding of information under the
pretext of security reasons and the absence of an open-door policy on government
transparency. These factors limit the dissemination of accurate information on the
positive achievements of public institutions without exposure to their problems and
failures.” (Barghouti, MADA, 2010)
Analysis of the Most Common Violations
Physical attacks against journalists were the highest reported violation in 2010 and
have for the last three years been steadily increasing from 23 attacks in 2008, 40 in
2009 to a total of 99 in 2010. Through the violations monitored by MADA, it is
apparent that there is an institutionalised disregard for international law and the right
to freedom of expression by Israeli security forces who seek to retain strict control
over the images and reports from the oPt, in particular those which are damaging to
Israel’s public image.
A significant proportion of these attacks occurred while journalists were covering the
weekly demonstrations in various villages affected by the Wall and/or illegal
Settlements. It is evident that the growth of these attacks is exponential to the growing
popularity of the demonstrations, both in size, numbers and international presence. In
response Israeli forces employ disproportionate tactics in an effort to quash the
peaceful resistance movement. By targeting journalists at these protests the IOF aims
to both limit media coverage in order to minimize their publicity and popularity, and
conceal the violations committed against civilians whilst exercising their rights to
freedom of expression and freedom of assembly.
The ramifications for these attacks are not limited to the immediate physical injury of
the journalists, but also include the loss of focus or the ability to continue covering an
event, long term injury affecting future reporting, discouragement in continuing their
work for fear of the ongoing threat of attack and post-traumatic stress.
MADA is extremely concerned with the growing frequency with which the IOF is
willing to resort to violent tactics, including the excessive and inappropriate use of
crowd control weapons such as tear gas and concussion grenades, and in particular,
the growing trend to fire or throw these projectiles directly at persons. MADA is also
concerned with Israel’s continued ability to act violently with impunity, leading to
further and harsher attacks against journalists without risk of accountability.
There were 36 reported instances of detention in 2010, comprising of incidences when
journalists were detained, delayed or denied entry to an area in which they wanted to
cover events. There is no legal basis for detention and it does not require any form of
official court or military order to be carried out. The primary goal of detention is to
prevent access to events for media coverage, and can range from long delays at
checkpoints to violent interception, separation from events and forcible movement
from an area.
The majority of IOF perpetrated detentions occurred in Hebron, Jerusalem and the
main road routes to villages hosting weekly demonstrations. In almost all of these
cases the journalists were detained until the conclusion of demonstrations or
containment of clashes and then released. In that time however, journalists are at the
will of the military and report also being subjected to physical and verbal abuse and
In Gaza, journalists were targeted by Hamas security forces primarily when covering
events critical of the government, in support of the Fatah movement, or involving
individuals blacklisted or under investigation; such as the detention of an Al-Jazeera
crew covering protests against the forced closure of the Sharek Youth Forum, and the
detention of filmmakers covering a wedding after the father of the groom was accused
by officials of criticizing the Hamas government by discussing poverty and
unemployment in Gaza.
In the West Bank the majority of cases of journalists’ detention by PA forces,
particularly the targeting of Al-Quds TV and Pal Media journalists (who offer filming
services to Al-Quds) were motivated by the desire to pressure individuals and
agencies into renouncing their critical stance on the Palestinian National Authority.
“Journalists need to seize all of their rights in accessing information in order to
publish the truth, those who don’t cannot continue their work effectively”
- Mamdouh Hamamreh -
Al-Quds TV reporter
Arrests are a major challenge to the work of journalists in the region, with a total of
32 in 2010, including 18 IOF and 14 Palestinian security service led arrests. MADA
found that the frequency of arrests has doubled among the IOF compared to 2009
where there were 9 reported arrests, conversely Palestinian security service arrests
dropped by 50% from 30 the previous year.
The majority of cases reported involving IOF personnel followed the modus operandi
of early morning arrests, hours of interrogation and evening release. Some exceptions
to this procedure include the arrest of radio presenter Ra’id Al-Sharif who was taken
into custody on the 11th of January and released 3 months later; the arrest and
eventual deportation of Ma’an journalist Jared Malsin on re-entry at Ben Gurion
airport, and freelance journalist Ahmad Al-Khaseeb who was arrested on the 11th of
February while entering the West Bank via the Allenby border crossing with Jordan
and consequently incarcerated until the 28th August 2010.
The IOF also uses arrests as a deterrent for journalists returning to areas where there
is frequent unrest. Many journalists covering the weekly marches, settler violence in
Hebron and clashes in Jerusalem face detention in or on their way to an area, followed
by a ban on returning to the area for a set period of time on penalty of fines and arrest.
Such as Pal Media Agency correspondent Yousef Shaheen, who was coerced into
signing a pledge declaring that he would not re-enter Hebron for a period of 2 months,
and stating if he withdrew this pledge and returned to the area he would face a large
fine and 2 months imprisonment. Four Al-Jazeera journalists were also banned from
entry to the Old City of Jerusalem for 15 days and threatened with a 5000 ILS fine
and 6 months imprisonment if they disobeyed the order.
In the West Bank, PA sanctioned arrests differ in nature from IOF arrests. The
majority of affected journalists reported that they were held for long periods of time
but faced only a few hours of interrogation, with the line of questioning limited to the
journalists’ work and sources of information; which contradicts official statements
from security forces that claim journalists do not face accusations or arrests in relation
to their professional work. Journalists infer that the motives behind these arrests are
focused less on gathering information on the journalists and more on scare tactics and
Correspondents for Al-Aqsa TV were targeted in particular for arrests, with the
journalist Tariq Abu Zeid being the longest held in 2010. Abu Zeid was arrested on
the 8th of November 2009 and sentenced to a year and a half imprisonment without
indictment by the PA military court on the 16th of February 2010. Following a long
campaign of appeals lead by MADA, Abu Zeid was issued with a reprieve from
President Mahmoud Abbas on the 14th of November 2010, in accordance with the
requests for his release before the 22nd anniversary of the Palestinian Declaration of
Independence and Aladha holidays.
This case and others of arbitrary arrest stand in contravention to Palestinian Basic
Law, which states that:
“Military courts shall be established by special laws. Such courts may not have any
jurisdiction beyond military affairs.”
- Item 2 Article 101 Palestinian Basic Law
“It is unlawful to arrest, search, imprison, restrict the freedom, or prevent the
movement of any person, except by judicial order in accordance with the provisions
of the law. The law shall specify the period of pre-arrest detention. Imprisonment or
detention shall only be permitted in places that are subject to laws related to the
organization of prisons.”
- Item 2 Article 11 Palestinian Basic Law
“Every arrested or detained person shall be informed of the reason for their arrest
or detention. They shall be promptly informed, in a language they understand, of
the nature of the charges brought against them. They shall have the right to contact
a lawyer and to be tried before a court without delay.”
- Article 12 Palestinian Basic Law
In the cases of Al’am Radio presenter Samer Ruweished, who was detained for 40
days without charge and columnist Issam Shawer, both had their home properties
searched without warrant prior to their arrest, in breach of Article 17 of Palestinian
Basic Law, which states that:
“Homes shall be inviolable; they may not be subject to surveillance, broken into or
searched, except in accordance with a valid judicial order and in accordance with
the provisions of the law.”
- Article 17 Palestinian Basic Law
20 summonses were issued in 2010, including 3 Israeli and 17 Palestinian security
force decrees. In the West Bank and Gaza summonses are used as a similar tactic to
arrests: to pressure and disrupt the work of journalists and cause stress. In these
incidents numerous journalists report that during the interview following a summons
interrogators chastised them for being critical of the government and threatened that if
they or their news agencies did not change the tone of their coverage, they would face
further problems with the security services.
“It is a shame, I was investigated by very young PA security personnel. I am an old
journalist and have a long history in media work and I keep telling them that the
station will not change its policies”
- Nawaf Al-Amer -
Al-Quds TV programme coordinator
In the West Bank and Gaza, summons orders can be made at any time, frequently
without the presentation of a court order and can be repeated indefinitely, as seen in
the case of journalist Nawaf Al-Amer who was summoned to appear before
Palestinian Intelligence Headquarters at 8am for 7 consecutive days. Al-Amer
remained in custody from the morning until mid afternoon each day without
questioning until the final day of summons.
In Gaza, Nasar Abu Al-Foul was, in his case, summoned to the Internal Security
headquarters in Abu Khadra on the 17th of June where he arrived as requested. The
interrogation was however postponed until Tuesday the 22nd of June, when he was
detained from the morning until the early afternoon and on his release was ordered to
return in two days. He presented himself at the headquarters as requested and was
again questioned for several hours, at which time he was released but summoned to
return on the 30th of June. He returned to the headquarters and was detained from 8:00
am to 2:00 pm without interrogation but was again told to present himself at the
headquarters for further investigation the following day.
The journalists subjected to Israeli Intelligence Service summons were all questioned
as to the nature of their work and their sources of information.
All of the raids conducted in 2010 were carried out by the Palestinian security
services of the West Bank and Gaza, with 5 residential house and 3 media outlet
office raids. The number of raids was divided evenly between PA and Hamas forces
with 4 raids each. None of the raids were conducted with the presentation of a court
ordered warrant and as such were not legitimate under the aforementioned Article 17
of Palestinian Basic Law.
Al-Hayat Al-Jadedeh newspaper correspondent Nafoud Al-Bakri suffered the highest
number of raids in 2010. The journalist’s home in Khanyounis, Gaza was raided 3
times without warrant in a 7 month period; after each raid she reported the incident to
police headquarters but has yet to hear news about the individuals responsible.
“In addition to storming my house many times, the government officials in Gaza are
dealing with me as if I were their enemy. There is no transparency or access to
information concerning the events and policy I am attempting to report and they
provide little information in official press conferences. I have to search in underhand
and devious ways to get the facts.
- Nafoud Al-Bakri -
Al-Hayat newspaper reporter
The number of Palestinian Security service raids in 2010 remains the same as the
previous year, however there were no IOF raids; this is significant in comparison with
2009 when they conducted 18 raids primarily during the Israeli aggression against
Gaza in Operation Cast Lead.
Prevention of Coverage
Prevention of coverage addresses activities that directly inhibit journalists’ ability to
cover events, unlike detention, the prevention of coverage is a direct order for all
journalists in the area to leave rather than the targeting of one/or a specific group, and
can also include the confiscation or deletion of any material collected.
3 of the reported cases of prevention of coverage were perpetrated by the IOF and the
remaining 4 by the Palestinian security services. In one incident, journalists from
Associated Press, Al-Jazeera, Al-Arabiya and CNN were prevented from covering
confrontations between Israeli Occupation Forces and Palestinian youth in the town of
Al-Issawiya near Jerusalem; the Israeli army prevented all journalists from covering
events and ordered them to stay away from the area.
In the West Bank, Quds TV and Pal Media cameramen, Ahmad Al-Bikawi and
Ahmad Al-Kilani, were prevented from filming by Palestinian police forces in Jenin.
The journalists were interrupted whilst filming and informed by the PA forces that
filming in Jenin was prohibited without a special permit from the city’s governor.
They went to the meet the governor in his offices, where he reiterated the necessity
for a permit despite their being no Palestinian law requiring journalists to submit an
application to film in the West Bank.
In Gaza, an incident occurred when Hamas officials prevented an FPA photographer
from covering a demonstration in the Naser area, organized by the Al-Tahreer party.
There has been a decrease in incidences of prevention of coverage since 2009, from
17 reported cases to 7 in 2010. This however is not necessarily a positive indicator for
the reduction of violations as a whole, as the areas and contexts in which prevention
of coverage occurred now show increased incidents of detention and attacks. In
addition some journalists did not report cases where they had been prevented from
covering events by security services.
Prevention of Travel/ Deportation
Under the persisting clamp down of Hamas forces in Gaza, cases of prevention of
travel to and from the strip by security services increased since 2009, when MADA
monitored 5 violations, including 3 Hamas government violations, in addition to the
deportation of Al-Arabia TV correspondent from Gaza strip, and 2 Israeli violations.
In 2010 MADA monitored 6 violations, 3 Hamas and 3 Israeli violations.
The 3 reported cases involved journalists being prevented from exiting the Gaza Strip.
All of the individuals involved stated that they had obtained the necessary travel
documents before attempting to enter Egypt via the Rafah crossing in Gaza, but had
been intercepted by Hamas officials and informed that their travel had been banned by
higher authorities. None of the journalists involved were served with officiated
paperwork confirming their ban on travel.
In addition, 3 West Bank and Jerusalem newspaper publications - Al-Hayat Al-
Jadedeh, Al-Ayyam and Al-Quds – were denied entry into the Strip until, according to
Hamas officials, the PA allowed the publication and distribution of the official Hamas
daily Gaza-based paper Falasteen
In Israel there were 3 reported incidences, 1 occurring in Ben Gurion airport and 2 at
the Allenby and King Hussein border crossings with Jordan. In early 2010 American
journalist and Ma’an news agency’s English language editor in chief, Jared Malsin,
was detained upon re-entry at Ben Gurion airport where he was interrogated and
confined for 8 days. Malsin reported that on the first day of questioning he was denied
access to a lawyer or the American consulate, and despite numerous appeals he was
forcibly deported one week later. Israeli officials told Malsin that the reason for his
deportation was linked to his news articles critical of Israeli policies in the occupied
In another 2 instances, Palestinian journalists were prevented from travelling to
Jordan by Israeli border officials; in both cases the guards presented no official
documentation ordering the implementation of a travel ban.
Conclusion and Recommendations
2010 has seen the emergence of new trends in violations against journalists. The
number of violations committed by Palestinian security forces have not increased
significantly in the past year (76 in 2009 and 79 in 2010), a total of less than a 4%
increase. There has been an approximate 50% decrease in the number of arrests and a
slight drop in the number of detentions and coverage preventions, however 2010 has
also seen an increase in the number of attacks.
Conversely, the number of Israeli violations has seen a steep rise from 97 in 2009 to
137 in 2010, a total increase of over 43% in the past year. One particularly important
trend to note in IOF offences is the overall reduction in the number of cases of
prevention of coverage, raiding, confiscation, frequency disruption and blockades,
coupled with a significant increase in the more violent and invasive violations such as
detention, arrests and, most disturbingly, attacks which have more than doubled from
34 incidents in 2009 to 89 in 2010.
In both the Palestinian and Israeli cases the majority of violations have decreased in
2010, the increased number of attacks however suggests that in any given context
journalists are now more likely to face violence. This is particularly troubling because
it appears that government enforcers on both sides are tending towards immediate
violent tactics rather than, those such as arrest, which hold the possibility of legal
council and representation.
Although there have been no fatalities this year, with such a significant increase in
attacks the potential for fatalities are high and journalists are facing an ever more
precarious situation in trying to continue their work.
The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms expresses its deep
concern at the growing number of violations against Palestinian journalists, in
particular the high rate of those perpetrated by the Israeli Occupation Forces and
Many journalists have faced adverse situations including near fatal attacks in their
determination to cover events in 2010. The Israeli Occupation Forces have been
particularly intolerant and violent in their repression of journalists and have, once
again, operated with impunity. As such, MADA condemns the international official
line of silence in the face of ongoing Israeli violations against journalists in the
Palestinian territories, which stand in patent contravention to Article 19 of the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
MADA wishes to pay tribute to all local, Arab and international organizations that
have in the past year spoken out for the rights of Palestinian journalists and
conversely, expresses its concern with the lack of answerability of the Palestinian
security forces in the West Bank and Gaza, where perpetrators disregard Palestinian
law - in particular article 19 which guarantees freedom of opinion and expression, and
Article 11 that guarantees the personal freedom of citizens - and continue to evade
accountability for their actions.
MADA wishes also to commend Palestinian journalists for their determination, hard
work, and their ongoing contribution to highlighting the systematic offences of the
Israeli occupation in the Palestinian territories that contravene all international
conventions and laws. In response, MADA calls for:
1. The respect of freedom of expression in the occupied Palestinian territories.
2. The immediate intervention of the international community and human rights
organizations to facilitate the end of Israeli violations against journalists and hold
responsible parties publicly accountable.
3. Pressure on Israeli occupation authorities to abide by Article 19 of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights.
4. Not to involved journalists in the internal disputes between Fatah and Hamas.
5. Pressure on the Palestinian security services to abide by Palestinian basic law, in
particular Articles 11 and 19, with violator held accountable.
6. The Immediate release of all detained journalists in Israeli and Palestinian prisons.
7. For all media outlets to be able to work freely and safely in the West Bank and Gaza
8. The adoption of a draft law legislating the right of access to information approved in
the general discussion in the Palestinian Legislative Council. In the absence of the
Legislative Council at this current stage it is still possible to implement it according to
the provisions of Article 43 of Palestinian Basic Law and pass it under the instruction
of the President of the Palestinian National Authority.
Thanks to Open socity Institute(OSI) for its support of the annual report
Details of violation:
Prevention of travel, deportation
(12. Jan) – Ma’an News Agency’s English Editor in Chief Jared Malsin was detained by Ben Gurion
airport security forces near Tel Aviv on Wednesday the 12 th of January 2010. According to Ma’an’s
statement, Malsin was scheduled for deportation at 6am the next day. This was temporarily delayed
when Ma’an attorney Castro Daoud filed an injunction, which was first denied by Israel’s attorney
general, but accepted by Judge Sokolov shortly before midnight. Interrogation transcripts reveal that
Malsin’s detention was linked to his work as a professional journalist. He was interrogated for eight
hours in a detention cell during which time he was given no access to a lawyer or the American
consulate. Airport officials indicated that he was denied entry into the country for two reasons, firstly
for “failing to cooperate” with Israeli security personnel, and secondly because he had authored news
stories “inside the territories”, including articles “criticizing the State of Israel”. After numerous
appeals and further interrogation, Malsin was deported on Wednesday the 20 th of January 2010 by
Israeli authorities. Malsin rejected reports that he left Israel voluntarily: in telephone call to Ma’an he
said “There’s no such thing as a voluntary deportation. I was deported, period.”
(11. May) On the 11th of May, Israeli Occupation Forces barred AFP photographer Adel Al-Za'noon
from travelling to the UK. According to Al-Za'noon he had been invited to attend a conference in
London - held from the 11th -12th of May 2010 - to receive an international Media Award for his
coverage of Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, and to present his report: "Siege pushes Gaza’s people
into more Extremism". Al-Za'noon added that all of his papers were in order according to visa
requirements with no objection from Jordanian border officials; Israeli officials however refused to
give him permission on the pretext that the AFP was four days late in applying for the permit.
(2.Aug) On the 2nd of August Al-Quds newspaper correspondent Suhail Khalaf was barred from
travelling to Jordan by the Israeli Occupation Forces. Khalaf, en route to complete his Masters degree
in Egypt, was stopped by Israeli officials at the King Hussein Bridge and subsequently held in
detention for three hours; officials offered no explanation as to the reason for his confinement or travel
ban. Khalaf stated: “I was prevented from travelling on the 5 th of September 2009, but I went to the
Israeli liaison office and I gave them my papers, so they gave me a paper so I could travel. I made all
the necessary arrangements for travelling and registered again at the university, but I was surprised that
I was banned from travelling”.
Prevention of media coverage
(16 March) Journalists were prevented from covering the confrontations between Israeli Occupation
Forces and Palestinian youth in the town of Al-Essawiya near Jerusalem on Tuesday 16 March 2010.
Associated Press photographer Mahfouz Abu Turk reported that the Israeli army prevented all
journalists and news channel crews - including Al-Jazeera, Al-Arabiya and CNN - from covering the
confrontations and ordered them to stay away from the area.
(14 December) Israeli Occupation Forces prevented Alhayat Aljadedah newspaper photographer
Muheeb Barghouti and Palestine TV cameraman Najeeb Sharawneh from covering the weekly march
against illegal settlements and the separation wall in the village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah city.
Barghouti stated that the Israeli occupation forces detained him along with Sharawneh in the settlement
of Beit El from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm preventing media coverage of the march; their equipment was
confiscated as were their identity cards. Barghouti and Sharawneh reported that the soldiers tried
repeatedly to provoke them before releasing them.
(12 Jan) Ma’an News Agency’s English Editor in Chief Jared Malsin was stopped and arrested on
arrival Ben Gurion airport. He remained in Israeli custody for eight days before being deported.
(23. Jan) – Pal Media cameraman Yousif Shaheen was arrested by Israeli
Occupation soldiers in
Litwaneh village near Hebron in the West Bank. According
to Shaheen, he was covering a protest
march against the expansion of Jewish
settlements in Litwaneh on Saturday, 23 January 2010, at 10:00
am when a soldier approached him and told him that the area was a closed military zone and he should
leave immediately. Shaheen moved to an alternate area to cover the event, but was joined by the same
soldier and apprehended to the police station in the Israeli settlement of Kiryat Arba, where he filed a
complaint against Shaheen: “They interrogated me about Palestinian journalist’s news sources and the
way they work, they accused me of inciting demonstrators to escalate the protest so I could take
‘pretty’ pictures. After interrogation, he forced me to stamp my thumbprint on documents I wasn’t able
to read and forced me to sign on another document in which I
pledge not to enter the Litwaneh area for
two months on penalty of a large fine.
(11 Feb.) Freelance journalist Ahmed Fathi Al-Khaseb was arrested by Israeli Occupation Forces when
returning from Jordan through the Karama (Allenby) crossing on Thursday the 11 th of February 2010.
His brother, Musa’b Al-Khaseb said that Ahmad was scheduled to return to Palestine on Thursday, and
that he received a call from the Jalma Investigation Center informing him of his brother’s arrest.
(23 Feb) AP photographer Nasser Al-Shuokhi was arrested by the Israeli Occupation Forces in the
Ibrahimi mosque area of Hebron city, south of the West Bank on the morning of the 23rd of February
2010. Al-Shuokhi was in the area to photograph the Ibrahimi Mosque when a soldier approached him,
confiscated his identity card and told him: “you are a terrorist”. The soldier then took him to an
interrogation center in the Kiryat Arba’ settlement. Al-Shuokhi said: “when I reached there, it became
clear that one of the settlers had sued me for assault two months earlier. I denied the accusation and
told them that ‘I’m a journalist and I didn’t attack anyone, and this settler sued me because I was
covering the confrontations between Palestinian youth and settlers in Hebron’, they released me on
1000 shekels bail, and summons to present myself to the Court on the 28 th of September 2010”.
(25 Feb) Israeli Occupation Forces arrested AFP photography director Marco Longri while covering a
peaceful march near Karantena checkpoint in Hebron city in the West Bank on Thursday 25 February
2010. AP photographer Nassar Al-Shuokhi witnessed the incident, and said that Longri was arrested
while filming in the area. His director; Philip Agert said that he was released after six hours.
(13 March) AP photographer Fadi Hamad was arrested by the Israeli Occupation Forces on Saturday
13 March 2010 while covering the confrontations in Biet Omar. Hamad said that Israeli soldiers
arrested him at around 11:00 am while he was covering the confrontations. Once in custody, they took
him to the Israeli Police station near Biet Omar where they accused him of hitting an Israeli soldier; he
informed them that as a journalist, he went there to film not beat soldiers. He was released at 3:30 pm.
(10. April) AFP cameraman and correspondent Hazem Bader was arrested on Saturday 10
by the Israeli occupation forces, in Biet Safa village in Hebron. Bader said that he went to cover a
peaceful march against land confiscation in Biet Safa when the Israeli army came and declared Biet
Safa a closed military area and ordered all demonstrators to evacuate the area. Demonstrators refused
and Bader continued filming, in response soldiers arrested him along with approximately 15
demonstrators, including international supporters. Bader added: "I was handcuffed and detained for
three hours, I was released after the intervention of the AFP office, but the other detainees were
transferred to an interrogation center in the Etzion settlement".
(30. April) An Al-Jazeera TV crew - cameraman Majdi Bannourah and technical Assistant Nader Abu
Zer - were arrested on Friday the 30th April 2010 by the Israeli occupation army when they arrived in
Bila'in Village, near Ramallah in the West Bank. Al-Jazeera stated in a press release that the crew went
to cover the Bila’in weekly march, and at the moment of their arrival to the area they were approached
by Israeli forces who confiscated their Identity cards and led them to an Israeli checkpoint; they
ordered them to sit on the ground blindfolded and handcuffed. After 4 hours they were taken to Ofar
camp where Israeli personnel collected personal information about them. Half an hour later a military
patrol returned them to Bila’in and released them with the warning that Bila'in is a closed military area
and that they would subject to arrest if they returned.
(14. May) Al-Sharqyia channel cameraman Ala’ Abu Sood was arrested by the Israeli occupation
forces while covering the Bila’in weekly march against the apartheid segregation wall, west of
Ramallah city. According to Abu Sood, he went to cover the march on Friday the 14 th of May 2010,
and while he was filming Israeli soldiers arrested him and transferred him to Ofer investigation center.
He was detained there from 12:30 PM until 9:00 PM.
(22 Sep) WAFA and APA agency photographer Muammar Awad, Radar newspaper photographer
and reporter Nour Karameh, Panet news website correspondent Amir Abed Rabbo, and Middle East
Agency for News Photography photographer Imran Alrashaq, were arrested during their coverage of
evening prayer at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on the 22nd of September 2010. Journalist Awad said:
"I was with my colleagues covering the evening prayer at Al Aqsa Mosque, during which time Israeli
Occupation Forces and Israeli Special Forces violently attacked worshipers, so we photographed the
events. At the end of the prayer we came out from “Asbat Gate” and members of Israeli security
arrested us immediately. They detained us for a while in front of the people who were in the area, and
despite the intervention of the rest of journalists to release us they refused. They then took us to the
investigation center in the “Al-Khalil Gate” area, where we were interrogated from 4:30 PM until 1:30
AM when an Israeli officer received a call to release us. We were released after receiving a formal
decision that banned us from entering the Old City area of Jerusalem for fifteen days; if we enter the
area, we will pay a five thousand shekel fine and be imprisoned for six months”.
(13 Oct) Israeli occupation forces arrested Reuters agency photographer Ma’moun Wazwaz and AFP
photographer Hazem Badir on the 13th of October 2010. The incident took place on Wednesday
morning in Beit Omar village in Hebron, West Bank. Wazwaz said that he went with his colleague to
prepare a report on the Israeli authorities’ bulldozing of land in Beit Omar in order to expand the
"Karmi Tsur" settlement, and that when they started filming a group of Israeli soldiers arrested them
under the pretext that they were filming in a closed military zone. They were released at 3:00 pm.
(18 Oct) Israeli Occupation Forces arrested radio Manbar Alhuriyeh program presenter Raed Alsharief
on the morning of Friday the 18th of October 2010 in Hebron city, West Bank. His brother, Rateb
Alsharief, witnessed a large force of Israeli occupation soldiers raiding their home and arresting Raed
at 1:00AM. Soldiers provided no reasons for this arrest and did not present a warrant. Alsharief added:
"We don’t know where they took him, but we’ve contacted the Red Cross to give us information about
(23. Jan)- Quds TV correspondent Musa’b Al-Khatib and Pal Media cameraman Ahmed Kilani were
detained and humiliated by settlement security and Israeli occupation forces near the Ariel settlement
of Salfit, West Bank. According to Al-Khatib, he was working with his colleague
Kilani on a report
about “the likelihood of resuming negotiations in light of Israeli settlement expansion”, during filming,
two security men approached them and asked for their personal identity cards, they then summoned
Israeli army soldiers who forced Kilani to delete the press material they had collected. Kilani and Al-
Khatib were then handcuffed, blindfolded and transported to an unknown area, soldiers then proceeded
to throw them to the ground for an hour and photograph the assault as a form of humiliation. Al-
added: “After that, an army officer who spoke Arabic interrogated us about our professional
work and about the TV agency we work for; he then told us that we would be released soon. After that
they took us back to where we were previously filming and ordered us to stay away from the area. Al-
ended by saying: “We told them that we are journalists and showed them our press cards, but
they did not care, and continued insulting and detaining us”.
(6 Feb) The IOF detained a bus carrying fifty journalists at Container checkpoint on the evening of the
6th of February. The group was detained when travelling from Ramallah to Hebron, returning from
voting in the Journalists Syndicate Election, whilst detained, soldiers attacked local Hebron Radio
Baladna producer and presenter Raed Al-atrash. Al-atrash said that the Israeli soldiers ordered them to
disembark the bus and confiscated their identity cards, soldiers then began verbally abusing passengers.
Al-Atrash was particularly sensitive to the obscenity of the verbal attack because of the presence ten
women journalists, and asked the solider to stop. The soldier began arguing with Al-Atrash, then
pushed, cuffed, and took him to a closed room. Soldiers returned the identity cards of the remaining
passengers and ordered them to leave, but they refused to go without Al- Atrash. Al-atrash added:
“They detained me for about an hour and a half, where they used obscene gestures and words in an
attempt to provoke a reaction from me, then an officer came and forced me to sign a paper which stated
that I was not tortured, and that they did not inspect my personal belongings, then they released me.
(13 March) EPA photographer Abdel-Hafiz Hashlamoun was detained by the IOF on Saturday 13
March while covering confrontations between Occupation Forces and Palestinian youth in Biet Omar
in Hebron. Hashlamoun said that the Occupation Forces detained him for 3 hours to prevent him from
filming events, and that when the confrontations had ended they released him.
(15 March) A Palestinian Public TV crew (correspondent Haroon Amayreh, cameramen Samer Habash
and Najib Sharauneh) was detained by the IOF at Atarah checkpoint near Birzeit city in West Bank on
Monday 15 March 2010. Amayreh said that he went with his colleagues to Atarah checkpoint to cover
a Birzeit university student march, and when they reached the checkpoint Israeli soldiers prevented
them from reaching the event by detaining them for an hour and half. They then ordered them to leave
(15 March) Yediot Aharonot newspaper photographer Atta E’oissat photographed an incident of an
Israeli police car hitting a Palestinian youth in Jerusalem and was consequently interrogated by the
Israeli Occupation Police. E’oissat said that his parents called him while he was working and told him
that the Israeli police were in his home and requested his immediate return. E’oissat reports that upon
arriving at the house, an Israeli officer told him that they wanted to speak with him for ten minutes.
E’oissat added: “after that they took me with them to the investigation center and interrogated me about
the incident, they asked me how I took the pictures and what I was doing in the area. After that the
officer asked me if I was responsible for the pictures and I answered yes. They released me after two
(24. April) The IOF detained APA photographer Najeh Hashlamoun, and prevented him from filming
in Beit Omar village north of Hebron city on Saturday, 24 April 2010. Hashlamoun said that he went to
cover confrontations between the Israeli army and Palestinians after the IOF confiscated agricultural
land in Biet Omar. While he was filming, a soldier approached him, took his camera and forced him to
sit on the ground near a group of Israeli soldiers, after about 45 minutes they returned his camera and
ordered him to leave the area.
(23. July) AFP photographer Mousa Alshaer and Ma’an News Agency photographer Luay Sababa were
detained by the IOF in Al-ma’sara village, south of Bethlehem on Friday the 23 rd of July. Alshaer said
that he went to cover the weekly Al-ma’sara demonstration, but that when he arrived the Israeli
occupation army detained him with his colleague Sababa, to prevent them from filming. Once the
march had ended, after approximately 3 hours of detention, soldiers released them.
(23. July) Reuters photographer Yousry El-Jamal and Associated Press photographer Hazem Bader
were detained by the IOF in the Bouira area near Hebron on Friday the 23 rd of July. El-Jamal said that
he and his colleague went to cover the settlers confiscation of Palestinian land in the Bouira area.
Whilst filming they were approached by Israeli occupation soldiers, one told them: “This is a closed
military zone, where photography is forbidden”, they asked: “do you have a military order confirming
this?” Instead of answering their question he detained them inside a military jeep for two hours, during
which time they were prevented from talking or making phone calls. After that, he released them,
threatened that if they returned to the area they would be arrested immediately.
15. (17. July) AP photographer Iyad Hamad, was detained while covering a peaceful march in the town
of Beit Omar on Saturday 17 July. Hamad said that the Israeli soldiers arrested him because he
protested the beating of his colleague Hazem Bader. Soldiers then took him and made him sit on the
ground for two hours under the sun. During that time, Israeli settlers in the area insulted and provoked
(26. Aug) The director of the Palestinian International Company for Press Walid Sababa, cameraman
Rae’d Khoury, and freelance television producer Fared Saleh were detained by the IOF while they
were filming at Al-Aqsa mosque. Cameraman Khoury said that they went on the afternoon of Thursday
the 26th of August to Al-Aqsa to film a children's program for the Saudi channel “Simsim” which
specialized in youth programs. Upon completion of filming the Israeli army detained them as they were
leaving the mosque and confiscated their equipment, identity and press cards. “They detained us at a
police station near Hutah gate for two hours then they released us”.
(18 Sep) The AFP Nasser Shyoukhi was detained by the IOF while covering the weekly Beit Omar
march in Hebron city on Saturday 18 September. According to Shyoukhi, he went to cover the march
and at the moment of his arrival to the area an Israeli soldier approached, handcuffed and ordered him
to sit on the ground with two international activists until the end of the march. The Israeli soldiers
blindfolded them and took them to an Israeli military camp near the settlement of "Karmi Tsur " where
they were detained for four hours, Shyoukhi was released following the intervention of the French
(21 Nov) Pal Media agency cameraman Said Khair Aldeen was detained by Israeli police in Jerusalem
on Sunday the 21st of November. Aldeen said that he went to the Buraq Wall yard at approximately
9:00AM to make a report about the Israeli authorities’ allocating a budget for the expansion of the
Buraq Wall. While filming he was approached by an Israeli police officer who confiscated his identity
card then produced an arrest warrant against him. He was taken to police headquarters near the Wall.
Khair Aldeen added: "I waited for the arrival of investigators for about three hours, after that I was
interrogated about the reason of filming and the nature of my work and the agency that I’m working
for, then I was released at 3:15PM”.
(22 Nov) Radio Isis and Radio Asra director, Ibrahim Musleh, was detained by the IOF at Container
checkpoint in West Bank on Monday the 22nd of November. Musleh said that he was travelling from
Bethlehem to Ramallah, and when he reached Container checkpoint Israeli soldiers questioned him
about his identity. After checking his ID card soldiers then asked him to get out the car. They
questioned him as to the nature of his job at Asra radio, the sources of funding for the station, and if
they supported any particular Palestinian political party. The interrogation lasted for approximately an
hour and a half, after which he was released.
(8.January)- Palestinian Public TV correspondent, Ayed Awemer, was
attacked by the IOF in Al-Nabi
Saleh village west of Ramallah city on the 8th of January at 1:30PM. Awemer said that he went to cover
a march against the confiscation of land for the expanding Halmish settlement, he was approached by a
soldier while making a live interview with the Minister of Religious Affairs, Mahmoud Habash, who
then threw a gas bomb in front of him. Awemer lost consciousness for a short period of time so he was
taken to an ambulance for treatment.
(28. Jan)- Ma’an News Agency photographer Rami Swidan, Pal Media cameraman
Shawish, Reuter’s photographer Abdel-Rahim Alqusini, and
Reuter’s cameraman Hassan Titi, were
attacked by the IOF in Burin village, south of Nablus, on Thursday the 28 th of January. Swidan said
that they. The Israeli Occupation Forces were in the area where Swidan and his colleagues were
covering the olive tree cultivation when one soldier approached him and ordered him not to film, but he
insisted on continuing coverage, they argued until the soldier hit him on his chest and tried to take the
camera from him by force. His colleagues interfered and separated him from the soldier, soldiers then
threw a tear gas grenade at them in an attempt to disperse them.
(29. Jan) Palestine Public TV correspondent Haroon Amayreh was
attacked by IOF soldiers in Bila’in
village, near Ramallah. Amayreh went to Bila’in on Friday the 29 th of January to cover the weekly
march at 11:30 am, and said that while he he was interviewing Fateh
Central Committee member Sultan
Abul-Enein in a live broadcast Israeli soldiers threw a gas bomb at them. As a result of this Amayreh
had severe difficulty in breathing and was unable to continue the interview; he was taken to an
ambulance and given the necessary treatment.
(29. Jan)- Essam Rimawi, APA image and Alhayat Aljadeda newspaper
photographer, was injured by
IOF soldiers in Al-Nabi Saleh village, west of Ramallah
city. Rimawi went to the village at 1:00PM on
the 29th of January to cover a march against land confiscation. Rimawi said that while he was
working an Israeli soldier fired a metal-rubber bullet at him wounding his left hand, he quickly went to
an ambulance to receive treatment.
(6 Feb) Chinese News Agency photographer Nidal Ishteh was attacked by the IOF in the village of
Oraq Burin, near Nablus city on the 6th of February. Ishteh said that he went to cover confrontations
between Israeli settlers and locals of Oraq Burin village after a number of settlers’ had vandalized the
water well used by the village farmers to irrigate their crops. The Israeli army was stationed in the area
while Ishteh was covering events, one soldier approached him and ordered him to stop covering, but
Ishteh insist on continuing, the soldier then shot him with rubber bullets, wounding him in his left foot
and disabling him from continuing coverage, he was treated by a nearby medical team in the area.
(8 Feb) Quds Net news website correspondent and photographer Diala Jwehan, and CNN cameraman
Kareem Khadir were attacked by the IOF on Monday the 8 th of February while covering the army’s
raid on Shua’fat refugee camp in Jerusalem. According to Jwehan she was covering the confrontations
in the camp from a distance when IOF personnel fired a concussion grenade directly at herwhich
exploded on her back. She immediately lost consciousness and was taken to Almakased hospital in
Jerusalem. Jwehan added that she suffered severe pain in her back, burning on her thigh and a large
swelling on her right hand. Kareem Khadir said he was covering events with other journalists in the
camp when the Israeli army fired concussion grenades at them in an attempt to halt media coverage.
Shrapnel from the grenade wounded him on his ankle and left hand. Khadir added that after ten
minutes soldiers began firing rubber bullets at them, one of the bullets rebounded from the wall and hit
his hand, causing a large swelling and acute pain. Al-Jazeera English photographer Samir Abu
Gharbiya, who was injured during the incident by a Palestinian youth throwing a stone, said: “when I
was in the field to cover the confrontation in the camp, I received a slight head injury from a stone
thrown by a Palestinian youth.”
(12 Feb) Palestinian Public TV correspondent and cameraman, Haron Amayreh and Fadi Jayyousi,
were attacked by the IOF while covering the weekly Bila’in march, near Ramallah on the 12th of
February. Amayreh reported that he went with his colleague to cover the anti-apartheid demonstration,
and while they were preparing their equipment the Israeli army threw a tear gas grenade at them.
Amayreh was wounded in his right leg, his feet were burned and he had difficulty breathing, Jayyousi
suffered from a severe difficulty in breathing and was taken to the ambulance to receive emergency
(19 Feb) IMEMC photographer Ghassan Bannoura was attacked by the IOF while covering the Bila’in
weekly march near Ramallah. Bannoura went to cover events on the Friday afternoon of the 19 th of
February, when he arrived an Israeli vehicle started spraying a mixture of wastewater and gas on the
journalists and they were forced to hide between a car and fence adjacent to the wall. A group of Israeli
soldiers then came and ordered them to leave the area so the journalists requested that they stop
spraying the wastewater so they could leave safely. Soldiers agreed but, Bannoura added: “when we
started to move, the army fired rubber bullets at us for no reason, one of the bullets hit my head and my
legs were also hit by shrapnel from the tear projectiles, so I lost consciousness and was transferred
directly to an ambulance for treatment”.
(25 Feb) AP agency photographer Nasser Al-Shuokhi and Pal Media cameraman Adul Ghani Natshe
were attacked while covering a peaceful march near Karantena checkpoint in Hebron city, West Bank,
on the 25th of Februaury. Al-Shuokhi said that he went with his colleagues to cover a solidarity rally
near the Israeli barrier “Karantena” and while filming, Israeli soldiers attacked and pushed him without
reason, one of them beat him hard on the chest, he fainted immediately and was transferred to an
ambulance. His colleague, Natshe, lost consciousness when a soldier deliberately threw a gas canister
(5 March) AP photographer Mahfouz Abu Turk, Al-Quds newspaper photographer Mahmoud Alian
and AFP photographer Ahmad Gharabli were injured while covering confrontations between Israeli
Security forces and Palestinian youth in Al-Aqsa mosque on Friday the 5th of March. Abu Turk said
that he was covering clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli security forces in the courtyard of
Al-Aqsa when he was fired upon. Rubber bullets hit his right thigh, and broke both of his camera
lenses, one of which was in his pocket. He said: “Obviously they were firing at me deliberately, a
police officer tried to grab my camera, but I did allow him to do so, and I moved to cover from
elsewhere”. Alian added that his injured leg was treated at the scene. Gharabli said that he was
wounded in the head by a stone thrown by young Palestinian during the confrontations.
(5 March) EPA photographer Abdel-Hafiz Hashlamoun, Pal Media cameraman Abdul Ghani Natshe,
Quds TV correspondent Akram Natshe, and Palestinian Public TV cameraman Mohamed Hmeidat
were attacked by the IOF near the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, on Friday the 5 th of March.
Hashlamoun said that he was covering clashes near the mosque when soldiers beat him and pushed him
into a nearby wall, breaking his camera; “They tried to stop us from covering the clashes between the
Israeli forces and young people where soldiers launched sound and tear gas bombs “. Abdul Ghani
Natshe was with Akram Natshe near the Ibrahimi Mosque when a group of soldiers attacked: “they
beat us with their hands and kicked us when we fell on the ground, then they removed us from the area
along with the other journalists”. Palestine TV cameraman Mohammed Hmeidat who was also at the
scene, was beaten and kicked by soldiers before being forcibly moved from the area: “They were
deliberately insulting us and causing us harm, I still have difficulty sitting due to the effects of the
(7 March) EPA photographer Abdel-Hafiz Hashlamoun was attacked by IOF soldiers on Sunday the 7 th
of March in Biet Jala, west of Bethlehem. Hashlamoun was covering a protest march against land
confiscation in Biet Jala when he was shot in the back by a rubber bullet, causing him moderate injury.
(13 March) Al-Fajr local TV cameraman Fadi Yassin was attacked by IOF soldiers on Saturday the
13th of March while he covering a women’s demonstration by Atarah checkpoint, near Birzeit city in
the West Bank. Yassin went to the checkpoint to cover the women’s protest against settlement growth
and the blockade on Gaza. Yassin said that while he was covering events an Israeli soldier approached
him and tried to take his camera by force. Yassin managed to keep hold of his camera and “after that
the solider went away and threw a sound grenade at me directly, which hit my abdomen, causing
moderate wounds and burns, so I suffered difficulty in movement for two days.”
(13 March) Reuters agency cameraman Yussri Aljamal and Pal Media cameraman Yousif Shaheen
were attacked by the IOF on Saturday the 13 th of March while filming confrontations between Israeli
forces and Palestinian’s youths in Biet Omar, near Hebron. Aljamal said that the Israeli soldiers
attacked and beat his stomach and back without a reason, he sustained bruises all over his body.
According to Shaheen, a group of soldiers beat him severely and tried to take his camera, bruising his
right shoulder and injuring his hand severely, which had to be bandaged for 2 weeks.
(15 March) IOF police attacked Palestine TV and Pal Media cameramen, Nader Pabers and Hamza
Naaji, in Jerusalem on the 15th of March. Pabers went to the Al-Asbat Gate area in Jerusalem to film
clashes between Palestinian youths and the Israeli police. Pabers reports that he was choked by the gas
from projectiles fired at him while filming from a nearby building. Israeli police fired another grenade
at his colleague Naaji before approaching them and telling them: “If you get hurt, we are not
responsible for you.”
(17, March) AP photographer Nasser Al-Shuokhi was attacked by the IOF while covering
confrontations between Israeli forces and Palestinian youth near Tareq Bin Ziad school in Hebron on
Wednesday the 17th of March. Al-Shuokhi reports that he was photographing the confrontations at a
distance of 40 meters from the Israeli Army when one of the soldiers shot him in the back with a gas
projectile. Al-Shoukhi lost consciousness immediately and was later admitted to Al-ahli hospital in
Hebron where he remained for 3 days to receive treatment for severe burns, bruises and lesions on his
(17, March) APA and Alhayat Aljadeda photographer Issam Rimawi was injured while covering a
march near Qalandia checkpoint, north of Jerusalem on Wednesday the 17 th of March. Rimawi went to
cover the march, protesting the opening of “ruin synagogue” in the Old City in Jerusalem. Rimawi said
that he was covering the march from a distance but was hit on the right shoulder by a rubber bullet
fired by Israeli soldiers.
(19, March) Palestine TV correspondent and cameraman, Haroon Amayreh and Najib Sharoneh were
attacked on Friday the 19th of March in Bidros village near Ramallah. Amayreh said that he and his
colleague were in Bidros preparing a report when Israeli personnel approached them and proceeded to
beat and assault them severely. The soldiers then moved them to a sewage site and searched their press
material. They were released after 3 and a half hours.
(30 March) Palestine TV crew, correspondent Haroon Amayreh, cameraman Samer Habash and his
assistant Shadi Kifayah, were injured by the IOF on Thursday the 30 th of March. Amayreh and his
colleagues were covering a peaceful march in Bidros village commemorating Land Day when soldiers
began firing tear gas projectiles and rubber bullets. Amayreh’s left foot was shot and the rest of the TV
crew were asphyxiated by gas and lost consciousness. As a result, all had to receive emergency
treatment from Red Crescent paramedics present at the scene.
(6. April) A group of journalists and demonstrators were fired at by the IOF during a peaceful
demonstration in the Attatra area of Beit Lahiya, Gaza Strip, on Tuesday the 6 th of April. BBC
correspondent Shahdi Alkashif said that he went to cover a weekly march, organized by the Popular
Committee against Israeli occupation protesting the banning of entry to agricultural land in the Attatra
area, and when the demonstrators reached a restricted area, the Israeli army came and began firing
bullets at journalists and demonstrators. Alkashif added: “it was a very dangerous situation where the
journalists were stuck between soldiers and demonstrators, we were only 50 meters away from the
Israeli army, and the bullets were very close to us, but fortunately no one was hurt".
(9. April) AP photographer Mahfouz Abu Turk was attacked by Israeli Special forces in Al-Essawiya
village, Jerusalem, on Friday the 9th of April. Abu Turk said that he went to cover the clashes between
Palestinian youths and Israeli Special Forces following a raid on Al-Essawiya. While he was covering,
Abu Turk was beaten severely by Israeli Special Forces, using both their fists and batons, breaking his
camera lens and bruising his entire body, particularly his right shoulder.
(23. April) AFP photographer Abbas Moumni was attacked by IOF soldiers in Bila'in on Friday the
23rd of April. Moumni’s leg was injured by a rubber bullet while he was covering the weekly march.
However, he reports that the injury was minor.
(2. May) WAFA Agency and APA photographer Muammar Jamil Awad, 25, was attacked by the IOF
while covering a demonstration against the apartheid wall in Beit Jala. According to his brother Reuters
agency photographer Ammar Awad, who was at the scene with other journalists covering a march,
they were standing away from demonstrators when Israeli soldiers began throwing gas bombs, intent
on preventing them from covering the march. One projectile struck Muammar Awad on the head, a
Red Crescent crew at the scene provided emergency treatment and transported to the Arab Society
Hospital in Beit. Due to the severity of his injury, Awad then had to be transferred to Tshari Tsidek
hospital in West Jerusalem.
(14. May) Palestine TV correspondent Haroon Amayreh was asphyxiated by gas while covering the
weekly Bila’in demonstration on Friday the 14th of May. Amayreh was conducting an interview with
Sultan Abu Al’nen in Bili’n when the Israeli Occupation Forces fired tear gas canisters at them.
Amayreh suffered severe difficulty in breathing due to gas inhalation and lost of consciousness for a
short period, medical relief volunteers at the scene provided him with the necessary treatment.
(15. May) Al-Ayyam newspaper editor Ahmad Farraj was attacked by the IOF on his way to Ramallah,
at Hizma checkpoint on the 15th of May. According to Farraj, when the taxi reached the Hizma
checkpoint soldiers asked passengers to present their identities cards and ordered him to step out of the
vehicle. Farraj showed them his press card, at which point they forced him fro the taxi and beat him
brutally with fists and rifle butts. Farraj added: “I was bruised all over my body, especially my hands
(23. May) Pal Media cameraman Yousef Shaheen suffered gas inhalation while filming a protest
march in Beit Jala, Bethlehem, on the 23rd of May. Shaheen said that he was covering the march from a
distance when the IOF threw a gas bomb at him, the resulting breathing difficulties led him to lose
consciousness for a short period.
(29. May) WAFA Agency photographer Ayman Nubani was attacked by the IOF while he was covering
the weekly Oraq Bureen march, near Nablus city. Nubani said that he was standing with a group of
journalists at some distance from the Israeli army and protesters when soldiers began throwing tear gas
grenades in the direction of the journalists. He was struck by one canister injuring his left leg, and his
back was set alight after he fell on the ground scorched by projectiles. Nubani added: “My leg was
wounded and burned along with my back.”
(31. May) An Al-Jazeera TV crew, office director Walid Al-Omari, cameraman Majid Safadi, and
driver Ma’moun Othman were attacked while covering events of the Freedom Flotilla being escorted to
the Israeli port of Ashdod on Monday the 31 st of May. The Al-Jazeera Jerusalem office reported in a
faxed statement, that extremist Israelis attacked Al-Omari with the crews own lighting equipment,
beating him on the chest and head. The statement also said that as the crew entered their car, the same
individuals knocked the windows and cursed at them.
(2 June) AP photographer Arif Toufaha and WAFA News Agency Ayman Nubani were attacked by
Israeli settlers on Wednesday the 2nd of June in Asira, near Nablus city. According to Toufaha, he
went with his colleague Nubani to film clashes between settlers and residents of Asira, after the settlers
burned crops belonging to residents of the town. While filming they were attacked by the settlers
before the Israeli army intervened.
(4 June) Palestine TV cameraman Fadi Al-Jayousi was attacked and used as a human shield by the
Israeli Occupation Forces on Friday the 4th of June in Bila’in village. Al-Jayousy said that he was
attacked while standing with a group of Journalists, soldiers unsuccessfully tried to arrest them but as
he was making his escape he fell to the ground. The IOF soldiers then grabbed him and used him as
human shield against stone throwing protestors. Al-Jayousy added:”I was bruised all over my body and
had to be transferred to Sheikh Zayed hospital in Ramallah, in addition to that my camera was broken”.
(20 June) Pal Media cameraman Yousef Shaheen, ABA photographer Najeh Hashlamoun, EPA
photographer Abdel-Hafiz Hashlamoun, APA photographer Mamoun Wazwaz, AP photographer
Nasser Al-Shuokhi and AFP photographer Mousa Al-Shaér, were attacked by the IOF while covering
the weekly march against the Separation Wall on the 20 th of June in Beit Jala. Shaheen said that he
was standing with a group of journalists covering the march when a group of Israeli soldiers
approached them, cursed, and beat their legs with batons causing extensive bruising. Al-Shuokhi said:
“The Israeli soldiers have used a new method to attack us today, they tried to stop us from filming by
beating us with sticks”; Abdel-Hafiz Hashlamoun added: “The journalists were directly targeted, the
soldiers left the demonstrators and began to curse and beat us brutally with sticks, causing physical
harm to most of journalists who were present”
(10. July) AP photographer Nasser Shyoukhi was injured by gas projectiles while covering the weekly
Beit Omar march near Hebron, on Saturday the 10 th of July. Shyoukhi said that he lost consciousness
while covering events after an IOF soldier threw a gas grenade at his back. Shyoukhi added: “the
soldiers prevented my colleagues from helping me, and continued to beat me until I lost consciousness
(16. July) The IOF attacked a group of journalists on Friday the 16 th of July; they included AP
photographer Abdul Hafiz Hashlamoun, AFP photographer Mousa Alshaér, Pal Media cameraman
Samer Hamad, Maan News Agency photographer Luay Sababa and Al-Quds TV cameraman
Akram Natshe, who were covering a peaceful march in the village of Al Ma’sara near Bethlehem.
Hashlamoun said he and the other journalists went to cover the demonstration when the Israeli army
began throwing concussion grenades and gas bombs between the legs of journalists, causing them to
lose focus and choke. Hashlamoun added: "There was a group of Israeli soldiers, their mission was to
impede the journalist’s work and evacuate them from the area".
(17. July) AFP photographer Hazem Bader, Reuters Agency Abdul Rahim Al-Aqusini and AP
correspondant Abdul Hafiz Hashlamoun, were attacked by the IOF in Beit Omar on Saturday the 17 th
of July. Al-Aqusini said that he was standing with a group of photographers when an Israeli soldier
threw a concussion grenade at close range, it struck him under his left ear, causing him to lose
consciousness, the trauma perforated his left eardrum and damaged the main auditory nerve. Al-
Aqusini said: "I feel a strange sensation in my ears, hear sounds and am sometimes unable to focus".
Bader added: "it was a very bad day for journalists; we were targeted directly by the officer and
soldiers. Personally the officer threatened me then beat my legs and face with a stick, injuring my nose
and cheek and bruising my left leg, I wasn’t able to stand, it became more difficult when the officer
prevented my colleagues from helping me. The officer also struck my colleague Hashlamoun with a
concussion grenade, bruising his back".
(24. July) MENA photographer, Najeh Hashlamoun, was attacked while covering the weekly
demonstration in Beit Omar, near Hebron. Hashlamoun said that he went on the morning of Saturday
the 24th of July to cover the march and after the arrival of the demonstrators at the Israeli checkpoint;
the IOF army began throwing tear gas grenades at the crowd. Hashlamoun reports that the projectiles
were fired at close range causing him to lose consciousness for a short period when one struck his
(26. July) AFP photographer, Jaafar Ishtiyeh, and WAFA News Agency correspondent, Ayman Al-
Nubani, were attacked by settlers in Burin village near Nablus on the 26th of July. Ishtiyeh said that he
went to cover clashes between Burin residents and Israeli settlers, after the settlers had attacked the
village lands. He was standing with his colleague, Al-Nubani, covering the confrontation when a group
of settlers threw stones at them, causing bruising and lesions all over their bodies.
(31. July) AP photographer Abdul Hafiz Hashlamoun and Pal Media cameraman Amer Abdean were
attacked during their coverage of the weekly march in Beit Omar. Hashlamoun went to cover events on
Saturday the 31st of July, and while he was filming soldiers began beating him, they then proceeded to
threw gas bombs towards him, causing him to choke. Abdean said that the soldiers threw three gas
bombs between his legs from close range (approximately 20 meters) and the high concentration of gas
cased him to lose consciousness. Abdean added: “In addition to asphyxiation, my chest and arms were
injured when I collapsed so I was taken to Al-Ahli hospital in Hebron for treatment”.
(7. Aug) AP photographer Iyad Hamad and Pal Media cameraman Samer Hamad were asphyxiated
while covering the weekly Biet Omar march in the city of Hebron. The incident took place on Saturday
the 7th of August when Iyad Hamad and his colleague Samer went to cover the event during which time
the Israeli Occupation Forces tossed tear gas grenades at demonstrators and journalists at close range,
as a result they suffered severe difficulty in breathing.
(21. Aug) Freelance photographer Haitham Alkhateeb was attacked by the Israeli Occupation Army in
Bila’in village on Friday the 21st of August. Alkhateeb said that he went to cover the weekly march in
Bili’n, and that while he was photographing the arrest of an International Solidarity Movement
protester a soldier began beating his chest with a weapon he couldn’t identify, causing pain and bruises
on his chest.
(27. Aug) Freelance photographer Haitham Al-Khateeb was attacked by IOF personnel on Friday the
27th of August while covering the weekly Bila’in march. Alkhateeb said that he headed to Bili’n village
to cover events when one of the Israeli soldiers threw a tear gas grenade at his back at close range
(approximately 30 meters), inflicting wounds and pain in his back.
(24 Sep) Al-Quds Net correspondent Diala Jwehan and TV producer Fared Saleh were attacked on
Friday the 24th of September after conducting an interview in the Al-Essawiyeh area of Jerusalem.
Jwehan said that she went to the area at 8:00PM, accompanied by television producer Fared Saleh, to
interview the family of a Palestinian child who died as a result of tear gas inhalation from a grenade
thrown by the IOF. As they left the house, Jwehan and her colleague heard nearby Israeli police
speaking with each other, they overheard them say that they wanted to fire bullets and tear gas at them.
The soldiers moved their weapons’ laser sights around their bodies and then began shooting bullets in
the air and around them, causing them severe emotional trauma. Jwehan added: "In this moment we
believed that we would die, it was a very frightening situation; I can’t stand on my legs."
(25 Sep) AP photographer Nasser Shyoukhi was attacked by the IOF while covering the weekly march
in Beit Omar on Saturday the 25th of September. Shyoukhi described the incident: "I went to cover the
weekly march of Beit Omar in Hebron, after the end of the march, one of the soldiers approached me
and said: “go from here”, I told him I would leave immediately. I walked a just a few meters when two
Israeli border guards attacked me, threw me to the ground and started violently beating my entire body.
After that they handcuffed me and took me to a nearby wall of the settlement of "Karmi Tsur", which is
close to the region, there I was detained for about two hours, during that time all of the soldiers who
were standing neaby beat and insulted me. After that they released me; I was taken to Al Ahli hospital
in Hebron where doctors told me that I have two fractured ribs two and contusions all over my body.”
(22 Sep) Al-Quds Net correspondent Diala Jwehan and Palestine TV correspondent Nader Baybres
were attacked by IOF personnel on Wednesday 22 September 2010, in the Silwan area of Jerusalem.
Jwehan went to Silwan to cover the clashes that had erupted between Israeli forces and Palestinian
youths after an Israeli citizen killed a Palestinian man from the area. While covering events Israeli
soldiers threw a barrage of tear gas grenades, one of which hit Jwehan on the back, causing her to lose
consciousness. The grenade bruised her back and caused internal chemical burns as a result of the
inhalation of large quantities of gas. Baybres was standing a short distance from the Israeli army and
away from the demonstrators to cover the clashes, when one of the soldiers deliberately threw tear gas
canister at him, hitting his left leg and causing him to fall, he was left with bruising on his thigh.
(8 Oct) Palestinian Public TV correspondent Haron Amayreh and AFP photographer Abbas Almomny
were attacked by the IOF on the 8th of October. The incident took place in Bili’n, where he was
covering the weekly march against the apartheid wall. Amayreh was conducting an interview with
Fateh General Secretary member, Basil Alkhateeb, about the IOF’s burning of a large number of local
olive trees when an Israeli soldier deliberately threw a tear gas projectile at them. The grenade struck
the ground beside them and rebounded onto his back, causing bruising from the impact and breathing
difficulties from inhaling large quantities of gas. Almomny said that he also suffered the effects of the
high gas concentration.
(12 Oct) Palestinian Public TV correspondent Nader Baybers was attacked by Israeli Occupation
Forces in the Silwan area of Jerusalem on the 12 th of October. The incident took place when Baybres
went to the area to cover clashes between Israeli occupation forces and Palestinian youth at
approximately 1:30PM. Israeli soldiers deliberately fired a rubber bullet at him, hitting his leg.
(15 Oct) Palestinian Public TV correspondent Nader Baybers, Al-Quds newspaper photographer
Mahmoud E’lian and Pal Media cameraman Hamza Naaji were attacked by the IOF in the Silwan
quarter of Jerusalem on the 15th of October. Baybres went with his colleagues to cover the clashes that
broke out between Israeli Occupation Forces and Palestinian youth; when they arrived an Israeli
soldiers shot a tear gas projectile near to where he was standing, causing him to lose of consciousness
and affect his breathing due to the inhalation of large quantities of gas. Naaji was also rendered
unconscious by asphyxiation when soldiers fired another gas grenade at the journalists. Baybres added:
“My colleague E’lian was also injured when a rubber bullet struck his leg”.
(21 Oct) Al-Jazeera TV correspondent Elias Karram was attacked by an Israeli guard working at a
shopping mall in Jerusalem on Thursday the 10 th of Novemebr. Al-Jazeera reported in their statement
that Karram was sitting in a coffee shop inside the “Malha” shopping mall with Al-Jazeera cameramen
Wael Salaimeh and Murad Saed, when they were approached by a guard who proceeded to viciously
beat Karram and accuse him of targeting Israeli soldiers, he also cursed him as “despicable”.
(29 Oct) Palestine Public TV correspondent Haroon Amayreh was attacked by the IOF in Bila’in on the
29th of October. Amayreh went to cover the events of the weekly march, after arriving at the scene an
Israeli soldier threw a tear gas grenade Amayreh causing him to lose consciousness due to
(19 Nov) WAFA agency photographer Hussam Abu Alan and Palestine Public TV correspondent Fida’
Nasir were attacked by Israeli Occupation Forces in Biet Omar on the 19th of November. Abu Alan said
he went to cover the events of the weekly village march with his colleague Nasir, during which time
IOF threw gas grenades at them, despite covering the march at a considerable distance from
demonstrators, causing them both to choke.
(26 December) IOF personnel attacked Al-Quds newspaper photographer Mahmud A’lian near
Qalandia checkpoint in Ramallah on the 26th of December. A’lian reports that he was in the area to
cover a Palestinian solidarity march near Qalandia checkpoint at approximately 11:00 am. A’lian was
prevented from covering the event by an Israeli soldier who beat him, and when he demanded a reason
for the beating, four more Israeli soldiers joined the first and proceeded to beat him severely. A’lian
reports that he was detained and beaten by the soldiers for two hours before being released, by which
time the march had ended.
Summons for investigation
(15 March) Yediot Aharonot newspaper photographer Atta E’oissat photographed an incident of an
Israeli police car hitting a Palestinian youth in Jerusalem and was consequently interrogated by the
Israeli Occupation Police. Following the incident E’oissat was summoned to returned home and upon
arrival, an Israeli officer told him that they wanted to speak with him for ten minutes. E’oissat added:
“after that they took me with them to the investigation center and interrogated me about the incident,
they asked me how I took the pictures and what I was doing in the area. After that the officer asked me
if I was responsible for the pictures and I answered yes. They released me after two hours.”
(25 Oct) Quds Net correspondent Diala Jwehan was summoned for investigation by the Israeli
Intelligence Service on the evening on Monday the 25 th of October. The interrogation came as a result
of a report Jwehan had recently published on the Quds Net website concerning a PA delegation visit to
Jerusalem on the first day of Eid al-Fitr, headed by Executive Committee member of the PLO, Ahmed
Qure’. Jwehan released a statement reporting that Israeli intelligence personnel had interrogated her
and threatened to arrest her. They asked her to testify that a member of the Revolutionary Council of
Fatah, Hatem Abdel Qader, was among the delegation. The Israeli court had previously issued an order
that preventing Abdel Qader from entering the Alqsa Mosque area. Jwehan added: "I denied that Abdel
Qader has visited Al-Aqsa Mosque, I also didn’t mention that he was among the delegation in the news
article that was published in Quds Net”.
(5 December) The Israeli Intelligence service summoned A’lam Radio presenter Samer Ruweishid for
investigation in Hebron city. A unit of Israeli occupation soldiers raided Ruweished’s house on Sunday
the 5th December, and gave him a summons to appear before intelligence headquarters on Wednesday
the 8th of December. According to Ruweished, he went to the intelligence headquarters where he was
questioned on the location and nature of his work, the interview lasted only a few minutes
(29 Decemeber) Reuter’s cameraman Yusri Aljamal went with colleagues to Yatta, south of Hebron to
cover attacks by settlers on lands belonging to Palestinians on the 29 th of December. Aljamal reports
that when they had finished filming and returned to their vehicle they found that settlers had damaged
their tires in plain view of Israeli soldiers, he added that they had to wait for 9 hours before getting help
in repairing them.
(30 December) An Israeli settler in Hebron damaged the tires of a vehicle belonging to AFP
photographer Nasser Al-Shoukhi while he was covering a march against the confiscation of land
belonging to Palestinian families on the 30th of December. Al-Shoukhi said that he tried to catch the
settler before Israeli soldiers grabbed him, allowing the settler to run away.
Prevention of travel/deportation
(9. July) Alshu’la newspaper editor in chief Saher Alaqra’ was prevented from travelling to Egypt on
the 9th of July. Alaqra’ said that he was banned from travelling to Egypt, via the Rafah crossing, to
complete his master studies in media. Gaza government officials confiscated his passport and tore his
identity card, and when he asked them why they were preventing him from travelling, they replied:
"because you belong to the Dayton government and Fateh".
(9. July) Sawt Falasteen Radio correspondent Tamim Abu Muammar was prevented from travelling to
Egypt by the internal security forces of the Gazan government on the 9 th of June. Abu Muammar said
that he went to the Rafah crossing intending to travel to Egypt, and when he handed his passport to the
security guard at the crossing an official approached him and told him to go to the Internal Security
office in the passenger terminal. Abu Muammar added: "There, they told me that I was banned from
travel because of a recommendation from higher authorities and when I asked them to give me an
official document confirming the order they refused".
(7. Aug) Journalist Ra’ed Lafi was banned from travelling to Egypt via the Rafah crossing by Gazan
border officials on the 7th of August. Lafi said in a statement that when he entered the Palestinian hall
he met a journalist colleague and his wife, a police officer then came, took their passports and took
them to a passport officer who told him: “you will not be allowed to travel.” Lafi added: "After that I
sat down and waited for two hours, a policeman came and asked me to take my luggage and
accompany him outside the hall on the pretext that there was no coordination for my entry with the
Egyptian side. After that I contacted the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate, they confirmed my visa
coordination, however the crossing staff refused to contact the Palestinian coordinator in the Egyptian
hall, the police officer then came, grabbed my arms and forcibly moved me to the exit gate".
(21 Nov) The PNN website was hacked by unidentified individuals on Sunday the 21 st of November.
Updates and posts on the site consequently had to be suspended for four days. The site’s official
technical advisor Rae’d Rishmawi said that the website had been subject to several unsuccessful hack
attempts which were accompanied by several threats. Rishmawi added: "We have monitored a series of
attempts to infiltrate and disable the agency’s website but all of them failed as we have taken several
steps to protect the security of the server, but after the hacking on Sunday morning, we will have to
further increase security measures to maintain the site and prevent future attempts at penetrating it.
(14. Jan) - Aqsa TV cameraman and news producer Ammar Yasir Altilawy’s house
was raided in
Khanyounis city, Gaza, on the 14th of January. Altilawy’s reports that: “My house was raided on
Thursday evening by a military uniformed and armed individual working with the National Security
Forces - affiliated with the Ministry of Interior in Gaza -
under the pretext that he wanted the pictures of
a military operation carried out by someone before his martyrdom. He stole my laptop and left a
message that if he did not find the pictures on my laptop, he would kidnap me by force”. Altilawy
added: “after that I went to the police headquarters and reported the incident, with the testimony of a
witness; they told me that they could not do anything because the assailant works with the National
Security department and that I would have to come back to the office at later date”.
Altilawy continued: “I went back to the police station with my father on Saturday to follow the case.
The officer on duty was one of the assailant’s brothers so I asked him about my complaint as it was the
third day after the attack and he was still armed and free. I told him that I needed urgent help as I am
afraid that he will kidnap me, but the officer told me that he did not do anything, and ordered me to
leave. I began to tell him that I would take matters into my own hands and deal with the people
concerned myself; but before I finished the sentence he told one of the soldiers: “hit him”, so they beat
me with sticks and kicked me. There were about ten soldiers, and when my father (50 years old) tried
to stop them, they also started to beat him.
After that they took me to a room where they placed me against a wall and raised my hands, an officer
came and began beating and slapping me, he then ordered the soldiers to put me in a cell. They
confiscated my belongings, including my mobile. After an hour, someone from the police interfered
and tried to convince me to apologize to the officer and beg him to release me, but I refused because I
didn’t do anything wrong, after that they released me with a pledge”. Altilawy concluded “this is the
fifth day after the attack on me and my home and the police haven’t done anything, on the contrary,
when the officer heard that the story had begun to spread he called one of my relatives and threatened
to arrest and persecute me”.
(7 March) Alhayat Aljadeda newspaper correspondent Nofouth Al-Bakri’s house was raided on the 7th
of March by a group of men claiming affiliation to the Interior Ministry of the Gaza Strip. In her
statement, Al-Bakri said that she was sitting in her home at about 2:00 pm when she heard a loud
banging on the front door, when she opened it she was surprised to find a group of men in civilian
clothes. One of them told her that they were from the Interior Ministry Security Service and wanted to
search the house. She told them that she would not let them enter without a search warrant, but they
insisted and forcibly entered the house. During the search, they told her: "we’ve caught you on the
spot” - in reference to the papers they found in her house before leaving, she replied: “it’s a normal
thing to have working papers, because I’m a journalist”. Al-Bakri continued: "The next day I received
a call from Huda Naim, the Legislative Council member for the reform and change syndicate affiliated
with Hamas, she assured me that she had contacted all the security services, none of whom claimed
responsibility for authorising the search of my house."
(9 March) Freelance journalist Mustafa Sabri’s house was raided by the PPSS in Qalqilya city, in the
West Bank, on Wednesday the 9th of March. Sabri said that he was supposed to be interviewed by Al-
Quds TV correspondent Musa’b Al-Khasib, about the Journalist’s Syndicate and its role in defending
journalists, however Palestinian Security Forces raided his house and prevented the interview from
taking place. Sabri reported that after Al-Quds TV correspondent Al-Khasib and Pal Media cameraman
Ashraf Abu Shawish entered his home, a unit of more than 20 military and civilian vehicles surrounded
his home, approximately ten members of the security services then entered the house. The security
personnel told Sabri that the interview was prohibited, confiscated the camera recording and Musa'b
and Abu Shawish mobile phones. Both journalists were then taken to the region headquarters in
Al-Khasib said: "When we reached the headquarters, they asked us what we were doing in
Sabri’s house, we told them that we intended to interview him about the Journalist’s Syndicate, then
the officer told me that I must obtain permission from the Preventive Security Services before filming,
I told him that was not a legal requirement and we are always filming without permission. He replied
that Qalqilya is a special case and all interviews must be pre agreed by the PA. Al-Khasib added: "I
told him ok, now I’m asking you to give me permission to make an interview with Mustafa Sabri; he
replied that at the current time he would not be able to do so.”
(25. April) Alhayat Aljadeda correspondent Nufouth Al-Bakri’s house was raided by a group of
civilians claiming to work with the Information Ministry of the government in the Gaza Strip, on the
25th of April. They instructed her to get a ‘Press Office’ license for her home or else stop sending news
to the daily Alhayat Aljadedah newspaper based in AlBireh city near Ramallah in the West Bank. Al-
Bakri informed the unidentified individuals that she is working from home because the newspaper
office is closed, and this is her own home and not a press office. One of the men in the group said that
the raid was authorised by the Information Ministry, however, Al-Bakri added: “I called an official
from the Information Ministry, but he denied that he had sent anyone to my home as he was in vacation
a week ago.”
(17. July) The Watan TV headquarters in Ramallah were raided by members of the Palestinian Security
Forces on the 17th of July. Watan General director Muammar Orabi said that armed individuals in
civilian clothes, who identified themselves as security and intelligence members, raided Watan
headquarters after they had broadcast images of a march lead by the Hizb Al-Tahrir political party.
They demanded the arrest of the journalists who covered the march of Hizb Al-Tahrir; they also
wanted to confiscate the tape that they had recorded. Orabi added: "After a verbal argument and some
calls they have retreated and evacuated the building".
(3. Aug) The Nablus TV headquarters were raided and its media workers attacked by personnel of the
Ministry and Customs Brigade on the 3rd of August. Station director, Mahmoud Barham said that the
director of the Communications Section at the PA Ministry in Nablus, the Director of the
Customs Brigade and his assistant came to the television’s headquarters demanding an end to broadcast
and closure of the station. They came without a formal warrant to do so, so when Nablus TV staff
ignored their demands they called for police back up. They also attacked a number of staff members
who were attempting to film the raid, they then confiscated the cameras and deleted the images.
Barham said: "According to Palestinian law, the ministry must first consult the Court before dealing
with any alleged cases of any violations committed by television stations”, he added that Nablus TV
has corrected 99% of its legal conditions during the last period.
(22 Sep) Alhayat Aljadedah correspondent Nufouth Al-Bakri’s house was raided by unknown persons
in Khanyounis, south Gaza, on the 22nd of September. Al-Bakri said that government police called her
and told her that they found her house door open, she returned home and found the door broken and
most of her media equipment stolen, including her fax machine, phone, agenda and some press
papers. Al-Bakri added: “the reason for the raid wasn’t robbery, because the things missing are only
used for my work as a journalist, there were a lot of valuable things in my house but they were left
(21 December) The Palestinian Intelligence Service raided the headquarters of the Pal Media agency in
Hebron city in the West Bank on the 21st of December. Two employees were arrested and their
computers and mobile phones were confiscated.
Closures and blockades
(12 Oct) The Palestinian Journalist’s Syndicate headquarters in the Gaza strip were forcibly closed by
the Internal Security Service on the 12th of October. An administrative member of the syndicate, Yousif
Alostaz, said that a group identified as members of the Gazan Internal Security Service came to the
syndicate headquarters and informed journalists that the headquarters were closed until further notice.
He added that they were not presented with a warrant or court order from the General Attorney, the
Security Service personnel also said that the board members should expect a court summons soon. The
following day, Alostaz said: “the government issued a statement saying that that ‘there is no intention
to close the headquarters’. We are doing our work in the syndicate headquarters as usual”.
Prevention of media coverage
(9 June) Quds TV and Pal Media cameramen, Ahmad Al-Bikawi and Ahmad Al-Kilani, were
prevented from filming by Palestinian police forces in Jenin city on the 9th of June. According to Al-
Bikawi, he and his colleague were compiling a report on the local government elections in Jenin when
Palestinian police personnel approached and prevented them from filming. Al-Bikawi and Al-Kilani
had been arguing with the police for an hour and a half when they were informed that all filming is
prohibited without permission from the governor of Jenin. Al-Bikawi then went to the governor to
discuss the reasons for obtaining permission for filming particularly as he is a known journalist in the
area and had made many interviews with them in the past. Al-Bikawi highlighted the fact that there is
no law requiring journalists to obtain permission before filming, in response the Governor told him that
new security measures are being introduced to protect the country and citizens and insisted that all
coverage must be cleared by him prior to filming. Al-Bikawi added: “After an hour of argument the
meeting ended with no results, where we forced to adhere to his order.”
(13. July) AFP photographer Mohammed Al-Baba was prevented from covering a march for Hizb Al-
Tahrir in the Alnasse/Maqqousi Tower area of Gaza on the 13 th of July. Al-Baba said that while he was
filming a group belonging to the Criminal Investigation police unit attacked him and confiscated his
personal belongings and equipment, including his camera, laptop and mobile, before taking him to the
police station in Alshate’ area. After detaining him for an hour they asked him to sign a pledge that he
would not publish any pictures of the event, in accordance with an official banning media converge of
(15 Sep) A video-conference between Palestinian journalists in the Gaza Strip and the President of the
International Federation of Journalists, Jim Boumelha, and his delegation was prevented on Wednesday
the 15th of September by the security agency of the de facto government of Gaza. A member of the
Secretariat of the Palestinian journalists syndicate in Gaza, Tahsen Astal, said that they had invited 227
journalists from Gaza to attend the conference and had booked a venue hall in Al-Azhar University.
Soon after, government officials called the university and ordered them to cancel the meeting. Astal
added: "The government media office in Gaza issued a statement justifying the cancellation of the
meeting stating that we hadn’t gotten permission for holding it, and claimed that it was a secret
meeting. However this is not true, we are simply not used to obtaining permits to hold meetings,
whether from the old or from the current authorities".
(4. Aug) The transmission device of Radio Mazaj FM was confiscated by personnel of the
Communication and Information Technology Ministry and Customs Brigade in Ramallah on the 4th of
August. The program manager of Radio Mazaj FM, Ahmed Farraj, said that approximately five
employees of the Customs Brigade and Ministry of Information and Technology entered radio
headquarters and claimed they had orders to confiscate the station’s transmitter, they did not however
present any legal documentation or a court order. The device was returned to the station two days later.
(4. Jan)- Freelance journalist Mustafa Sabri was arrested by the
Palestinian Preventive Security Services
in Qalqilia city in the West Bank on the 4th of January. Sabri’s wife said that individuals affiliated with
the PPSS came to their house and requested that Sabri accompany them to their headquarters. She
asked them to give Sabri time to eat, because he had been fasting, but they refused.
(16 Feb) Former Aqsa TV correspondent Tariq Abu Zeid was sentenced to a year and a half
imprisonment by the military court in Nablus city (West Bank). His father Abdul Razik Abu Zeid said
that he was supposed to visit his son in jail on Saturday (13 th of February), but was denied access, he
said: “My son was arrested on the 8th of November 2009 because he was working with Aqsa TV, then
the Supreme Court of Justice issued a decision to release him on the 12th of January 2010. But no one
has responded to the court’s decision, although we have sent the court’s decision in an official letter to
the General Attorney and the Prime Minister”. Abu Zeid’s lawyer, Bassam Karajeh, said that the
military court decision was illegal for two reasons: firstly, because Abu Zeid is a civilian, and
according to the Palestinian law it isn’t permissible for a military court to try any civilian person
regardless of the indictment; secondly, because the Supreme Court of Justice issued a decision to
release him, therefore his continued imprisonment is illegal. Karajeh added: “there has not been any
indictment against Abu Zeid and the rumour of his involvement in an illegal money and information
transfer is not true, and if it was true, it is the civil court’s responsibility.”
(10. April) AL-Najah Press Office correspondent Samid Dwikat was arrested by the PPSS at the Al-
Mokataá headquarters in Nablus on the 11th of April. Samid’s wife, Shurouq Mohammed Mas'oud
Dwikat, said that members PPSS came to their house and summoned Dwikat for an interview at their
headquarters in Nablus. On arrival at the headquarters he was arrested without charge or knowing the
accusations against him. Dwikat was released on Sunday the 2 nd of May.
(6. May) Al-Aqsa Radio correspondent Samer Ruweished was arrested by the Palestinian Intelligence
Services in Hebron on the evening of the 6th of May. Hani Rwished, Samer’s brother, said that a group
from the Intelligence services came to their house at 11:00 pm and arrested Samer, and confiscated his
computer and mobile. Hani added: “we went to visit him two days later but they didn’t allow us to do
see him, however after the intervention of a number of people, they allowed us to give him some
(2. Aug) Al-Najah Press Office director and Al-Najah University lecturer, Dr. Farid Abu Duhair, was
arrested in Nablus on the 2 nd of August by Palestinian Intelligence Services personnel. Dr. Abu
Duhair’s wife said that armed individuals in civilian clothes belonging to the Palestinian intelligence
service came to their home at approximately 11:00 pm on Monday and ordered her husband to
accompany them to the intelligence headquarters in Nablus; when he asked the reason, they told him
that the intelligence director wanted to meet with him for an hour, however he was held in custody
until the 10th of August.
(7. Aug) Columnist Dr. Issam Shawer was arrested in Qalqilya on Saturday the 7 th of August by the
PPSS. Shawer said that members of the security services came to his brother’s pharmacy at 11:00 pm
and took him to his house and proceeded to search the house for two hours, confiscating his children’s
computer, some CDs and personal papers; they then took him by force to his clinic which they search
for an hour and half. Shawer added: “After that they took me to their headquarters in Qalqilya and
detained me for 2 weeks, I was released on the 23 rd of August; they didn’t give me any reason for my
(1 Sep) Al-Quds TV correspondent Mamdouh Hamamrah was arrested by the Palestinian Intelligence
Service in Bethlehem on the 1st of September. His father said that members of the Palestinian
Intelligence Service came to their house at 11:30 pm and “took him saying that they wanted to
interrogate him for an hour, but he didn’t come back home”. Hamamrah’s father added: “Next morning
I went to their headquarters to ask about him, so they told me that he was detained.” Hamamrah was
released on the 4th of September. After his release Hamamrah stated that he was not charged during his
arrest, and the interrogation concerned his work with Al-Quds TV.
(18 Sep) Al-Quds TV correspondent Mamdouh Hamamrah was summoned then detained by the
Palestinian Intelligence Service in Bethlehem on Saturday the 18 th of September. Hamamrah’s father
said that his son had received a summons for investigation by members of the Palestinian intelligence
service, and when he presented himself they arrested him immediately. Hamamrah was held in custody
until the 4th of October without any formal indictment.
(30 September) Al-Quds TV correspondent Abdullah Adawi was summoned for investigation by the
Palestinian Intelligence Service in Bethlehem on Thursday the 30 th of September. According to Adawi,
members of the intelligence service came to his house in the village of Husan, near Bethlehem, at 6:00
pm of Saturday the 25th of September, and presented him with a summons to appear at the headquarters
at 10:00 am on Thursday. When he presented himself at the headquarters, officials questioned him
about his work and articles for two hours before releasing him.
(8 Oct) Al-Quds TV crew Akram Natshe, Abed Alghani Natshe, Ma’moun Finshe, and Pal Media
cameraman Ahmad Nubani were detained by members of Palestinian Police on Friday the 8 th of
October. Akram Natshe said that he went with his colleagues to the Alribat Mosque in Hebron on
Friday afternoon to cover the funeral of the martyr Ma’moun Natshe. He states that while they were
preparing for a live broadcast a police car approached them and the officer ordered them to stop
filming and accompany him to the police station. The officer did not present a formal order prohibiting
filming or an arrest warrant. Natshe added: "When we went to the police station they took our cellular
phones and press cards, after about an hour one of the officials came and told us that the police have no
problems with us, but that the intelligence service wanted us. After that they took us to the intelligence
headquarters in the city. When we arrived they took us to a room and took our identity cards, after
about an hour they apologized and released us."
(30 Oct) Columnist Ala’ Rimawi was arrested by the PPSS in Ramallah on the 30 th of October. His
wife said that Rimawi called her in the afternoon and told her that the Preventive Security Service
wanted to arrest him then quickly hung up the phone. Rimawi’s wife added that the previous week her
husband was a guest speaker for an Al-Quds TV program documenting the historical development of
the “Jihad Islami” Movement in Palestine, but she did not know if that was a reason for his arrest.
(15 Nov) Radio Bethlehem 2000 director George Kanawati was arrested by the Palestinian Intelligence
Service in Beit Sahour near Bethlehem on the 15 th of November. Kanawati said that two officers from
the intelligence service came to the Radio station and took him to intelligence headquarters. The
intelligence services held Kanawati in custody until the 19 th of November and also halted radio
broadcasting for 4 hours. Kanawati added: “The first day I was interrogated they asked me how I knew
that there were audio recordings of officials from the Fateh movement talking about serious differences
between President Mahmoud Abbas and Fateh Central Committee member Mohammed Dahlan. But on
the other days they just interrogated me a little”.
(27 Nov) Freelance journalist Sami Ala'si was summoned then arrested by the Palestinian Intelligence
Service in Nablus city on the 27th of November. Alasi’s wife said that the intelligence service was
asking about her husband intermittently throughout the period of his detention by the Israeli
Occupation Authorities. When her husband was released from the Israeli prison, he called the
intelligence service and they told him to come to their headquarters on the 27 th of November. He
presented himself as requested and was detained in a room for four hours without questioning, he was
then released and told to return the next day. Alasi’s wife added: "When he went to the headquarters
the next day he was arrested and did not return to the house that evening, so I went to Junaid prison to
ask about him, and they told me that they had arrested him."
(8 December) Palestinian Intelligence Services arrested Radio A’lam presenter Samer Ruweished in
Hebron on the 8th of December. According to his family, intelligence service personnel came to
Ruweished’s family home in military and civilian cars at approximately 8:30 pm, attending officers
asked for the whereabouts of Ruweished and were informed that he was in his apartment near his place
of work, they then began searching the house. When Ruweished’s brother requested to see the search
warrant, the intelligence servicemen refused and stated ‘no, we do what we want’. They continued to
search the house and confiscated some of Ruweished’s collectables. Following the search, the officers
then went to Ruweished’s apartment and arrested him. His sister reported that her brother is still being
detained on the charge of incitement, and that the family knows no more details about his incarceration
(22 December) Quds TV cameraman Akram Natshe and their Hebron and Bethlehem correspondent
Mamdouh Hamamreh, were arrested without warrant by the Palestinian Intelligence Service following
a raid on the Pal Media headquarters in Hebron, on the 21st of December. Officers at the scene stated
that they had obtained an arrest warrant from the General Attorney, but at no point during their arrest
or detention did they produce it. Hamamreh said that their interrogation concerned a program
broadcasted on Quds TV showing interviews with the mothers of detainees on hunger strike in the
prisons of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. Hamamreh informed the security service that the
program had been broadcast from the Lebanese capital Beirut, and that they were not involved in its
coordination. They were released the following afternoon.
(24 December) The PPSS arrested journalist Mamdouh Hamamreh and Pal Media cameraman Abdul
Ghane Natshe in Bethlehem on Friday the 24th December, following a report on the Christmas
celebrations in Manger Square. The PPSS summoned Natshe after he had completed the report and
requested the videotape. Natshe said: “We weren interrogated about the reasons for our work with the
Quds TV, I said that they are a customer of the agency I am employed by, the interrogator advised me
not to work with Quds TV, and asked me if I had deleted any section of the tape, he ordered that
Hamamreh stay away from the Nativity Church and told him that he is not desirable in the region”.
(14 June) Quds TV correspondent Mus’ab Al-Khatib “Al-Khseeb” and Pal Media cameraman Hazem
Al-Baledi were detained by the PPSS on Monday 14 June in Tulkarm city. Al-Khatib said that he went
with Al-Baledi to interview the Palestinian Legislative Council member from Hamas, Fathi Qraawi,
about the possibility of reconciliations between Fateh and Hamas, and when they left his
office, members belonging to the security services forced them to accompany them to their
headquarters in Tulkarem. Al-Khatib added: "When we went there, they interrogated us about the
content of the interview, they uploaded the entire interview, examined all of our paper and then
(11. July) The dean of the Media Faculty at Aqsa University, Dr. Ahmad Hamad, and Greek director
Bindles Baba Byblos were detained after filming a wedding in Beit Hanoun, Gaza Strip, on the 11 th of
July. Hamad said that he went with Byblos to Beit Hanoun to film a wedding as part of a documentary
film about the life of citizens in Gaza. Hamad added: "We finished filming and left the wedding at
around 11:00 pm but we were surprised to find police waiting for us. They asked us about the tape
Byblos had filmed, and when I asked them why, they said: “because you have filmed without
permission and conducted an interview with the father of the groom. After an argument they took us to
a police station in Beit Hanoun, searched the car and watched the tape, the Superintendent Detective
said “the tape is normal and does not have anything that harms the government”, but another person
interfered and said that the groom’s fathers holds the government the responsible for the poverty,
unemployment and hunger in Gaza.” After many calls they released us after an hour and a half of
(5 December) Police of the Hamas government in Gaza detained an Al-Jazeera English crew, news
producer Sami Ziyara, correspondent Nicole Jonson, cameraman Maher Abu Quta, and cameraman’s
assistant Rami Masóud. The incident took place on the 5 th of December while the crew were covering a
protest against the closure of the Sharek Youth Forum by the Internal Security Service in Gaza. Ziyara
said in a statement that while they were covering the event, police approached them and took them to
the station, they were questioned about their work and their cameras were confiscated. The journalists
were released after an hour and a half of interrogation.
(13. July) AFP photographer Mohammed Al-Baba was prevented from covering a march for Hizb Al-
Tahrir in the Alnasse/Maqqousi Tower area of Gaza on the 13th of July. Al-Baba said that while he was
filming a group belonging to the Criminal Investigation police unit attacked him and confiscated his
personal belongings and equipment, including his camera, laptop and mobile, before taking him to the
police station in Alshate’ area. After detaining him for an hour they asked him to sign a pledge that he
would not publish any pictures of event in accordance with an official banning media converge of the
(25 Oct) Al-Quds TV correspondent Mamdouh Hamamrah’s imprisonment was extended until 23
November 2010. Hamamrah was charged in a formal indictment that include the following charges:
Publishing a picture depicting a Palestinian Authority President.
Publishing rumours that reduce the prestige of the state.
Libel and slander against the President.
Publishing material that encourages antagonism and hatred.
On the 11th of October MADA’s legal unit lawyer Sana Aranki filed a complaint with the General
Attorney; she also met with him and explained the excesses and the circumstances surrounding
Hamamrah’s arrest; the General Attorney however rejected the complaint, stating that the final decision
would be left to the court. Hamamrah was arrested on 19th September by the Palestinian Intelligence
Service, in that time the court extended Hamamrah’s arrest several times and refused to release him on
(11 Nov) Reuter’s photographers Bassam Massoud, Ahmed Zakut, Ibrahim Abu Mustafa, and Al
Arabiya TV cameraman Mohammed Aljehjouh were detained by the Internal Security Forces of the de
facto government in Gaza on the 11th of November. Photographer Bassam Massoud said that he went
on Thursday morning, accompanied by his colleagues, to the office of Fatah lawmaker Ashraf Jomaa in
Rafah to make a film about the life of Fatah leader Abu Jihad’s on the sixth anniversary of President
Yasser Arafat’s death. At about 10:00 am a group of Internal Security Forces raided Jomaa’s Office,
cut the electricity and detained everyone in the office. Security personnel then told the journalists that
they would have to hand over the recordings if they wanted to be released. They refused and were
consequently apprehended to the Internal Security headquarters in the region of Tal Al-Sultan.
Massoud added: "they have confiscated the cameras and tapes and threatened to break them, they also
attacked us verbally, and after about an hour they released us”.
(11 Feb) Unknown persons fired at the home of freelance journalist Mustafa Sabri on Thursday the 11th
of February in Qalqilia. Sabri’s wife Leila Doud said that she heard gunfire outside her house at
midnight where she was with her children; she called the Palestinian Security Forces who found that 2
bullets had penetrated the house fence. It is worth noting that the Preventive Security Service arrested
Sabri on 4 January 2009.
(21, March) A group of journalists were assaulted in Khan Younis city, Gaza strip, by security forces
belong to the Interior Ministry of Hamas on Sunday the 21 st of March. Journalists were in the area to
cover the visit of the secretary-general of the United Nations, Ban Ki- Moon. Safa agency
correspondent Ayman Salameh said that the security men assaulted and cursed the journalists using
obscene language and began shooting in the air, security vehicles then intercepted the journalists’ cars
and prevented them from entering the area to cover Moon’s visit. Salameh continued: “the journalists
were upset because the Interior Ministry announced that all journalists who wanted to cover the visit
had to apply to the Ministry for approval, and if accepted would obtain a written permit from the
Interior Ministry. But after following these long procedures to get permits we couldn’t cover the event,
we were humiliated and insulted".
(29 March) A group of journalists were assaulted by Palestinian National Security forces in Bethlehem
while they were covering a protest march against the Israeli Occupation Forces’ arrest of Fatah Central
Committee member Abbas Zaki and several Palestinian youths on Monday the 29th of March. AP
photographer Iyad Hamad said that he was covering the demonstration with other journalists when
Security personnel ordered them to stop reporting and leave the area, when they refused, they then
began pushing and cursing the journalists. Ma’an Agency photographer Louy Sababa said: “The
Security men tried to keep us away and prevent us from covering events, but we did not respond to
their demands, so they cursed us and treated us badly".
(4. Aug) Al-Jazeera Net correspondent Ahmad Fayyad was attacked by members of the Special Police
Service unit of the de facto government in Gaza. The incident took place on the 4 th of August when
Fayyad went to cover the concert of Jordanian band “Tuyor Al Janeh”. When he arrived he noticed that
the overcrowding at the gate of the event was causing resentment among citizens. He began filming the
crowd when a member of the special police shouted at him, summoning him over and asked to see the
photos, another policeman approached and began screaming violently and requesting another look at
the pictures. Fayyad gave him the camera but the policeman began to beat his neck and insult him in
front of his three children who started to cry. Fayyad added: "After that I went to Nasser Hospital in the
city of Khan Younis, they told me that I had bruises and redness on my neck and upper jaw, so I went
to the police chief’s office in Gaza and told him what had happened, he apologized and promised to
open an investigation into the incident and hold those responsible accountable."
(10. Aug) Sawt Alsha’b Radio media officer and vice chairman, Tho Alfikar Swergo, and presenter
Muhammad Ba’losha were attacked by police officers employed by the Hamas government while
covering a sit-in protest against the blackouts in Gaza on the 10th of August. Swergo said that he was
with group of journalists in the courtyard of the “Unknown Soldier” in Gaza covering events live on
Sawt Alsha’b Radio, when police officers approached and attacked him and presenter Ba’losha with
rifle butts. The attack left Swergo with a broken rib and Ba’losha with bruises and contusions all over
(25. Aug) Watan TV crew Khalid Milhim and Aysar Barghouthi were attacked by Palestinian Security
personnel on Saturday the 25 th of August in Ramallah. The incident took place while the crew were
covering a protest march against the cancellation of a conference, organized by a group of Palestinian
factions and civil society organizations, promoting direct negotiations between the PNA and Israeli
government. Watan TV said in their statement that the security services beat the two journalists Milhim
and Barghouthi, and confiscated their camera recording. Al-Hayat Aljadedeh correspondent Mulki
Suliman, who was also present, said that when the demonstrators reached the center of Ramallah city
they were confronted by a group dressed in civilian clothing holding pictures of President Mahmoud
Abbas. While Suliman was filming he was approached by an individual who told him it was prohibited
to take pictures, they were arguing when the unidentified person then called upon his companions. The
group took Suliman’s camera by force and deleted all of his photos and videos, they then assigned a
guard to watch him until the end of the march. Suliman added: “The guard told me to leave the area,
otherwise they would beat and imprison me. The important thing for me as a journalist is that I saw
different television channels filming freely without harassment, so why did they harass me and stop me
from covering the march?”
Summons for investigation
(25. April) Freelance journalist Mustafa Sabri was called for investigation by the PPSS in Qalqilya city
in the West Bank on Wednesday the 26th of April. Sabri said that members belonging to the Preventive
Security Services came to his house in military and civilian cars and summoned him to their
headquarters for an interview the following day. Sabri appeared at the headquarters the next day and
was interrogated about his professional work and the upcoming municipality elections. Sabri Added: "I
have been treated well, but I stayed there from 9:30 am to 2:30 p.m.”
(22 June) The Palestinian Network for Press and Media director and Milad Agency correspondent,
Naser Abu Alfoul, was summoned for investigation by the Internal Security Services in Gaza.
Abu Alfoul was summoned to the Internal Security headquarters in Abu Khadra, Gaza, on Thursday
the 17th of June where he arrived as requested, however the interrogation was postponed until Tuesday
the 22nd of June. He was detained from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm. Abu Alfoul Added: “I was interrogated
about my work and the news and reports I had written; they also confiscated my two computers and my
identity and press cards. They released me after signing a pledge to reappear at the headquarters on the
24th of June, when I arrived that day I was asked many provocative questions, this continued until 3:00
pm. They blamed me for informing institutions that defend freedom of expression that call for their
investigation. They released me but ordered to return again on Wednesday the 30 th of June.” He
returned to the headquarters on Wednesday, where he was detained from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm
without investigation but was told to return again the next day.
(22 June) Quds TV programme coordinator, Nawaf Al-Amer, was summoned to appear before the
Palestinian Intelligence Service offices in Nablus on Monday the 22 nd of June. Al-Amer’s wife said
that a unit from the Palestinian Intelligence Service came to their house in Kufur Kalel village at
midnight and ordered him to accompany them to the intelligence headquarters in Nablus immediately.
When he arrived he was tied up and detained until 3:00 am, during his release officers told him to
return later that morning. Al-Amer arrived at 8:00 am and was detained until 2:00 pm. During his
release officers ordered him to appear at the headquarters the following day, which he did, and again he
was released and told to return, this continued for the next 6 days. Al-Amer said: “I was detained and
left alone without food, they didn’t investigate me until the last day I was summoned when they
interrogated me about Quds TV and the nature of my work."
(21. July) Siyasat Magazine chief Atef Abu Seif was summoned for investigation by the Internal
Security unit of the de facto government in Gaza on the 21 st of July. Abu Seif said that he went to the
headquarters in the Jabalya area at 10:00 am after receiving the summons. Upon arrival at the center he
was blindfolded and taken to a cell. Security personnel then ordered him to stand in a queue with
other people that he did not know. During that time one of the security officers beat a detainee and
asked Abu Seif why he was laughing, he replied: “I do not laugh at people who are being beaten”; the
security officer then proceeded to beat Abu Seif. He was returned to the cell and detained until 9:00
pm, upon release officials ordered him to return the next morning. Abu Seif said: "The next day I
was detained from 8:00 am until 11:00 am, I was blindfolded but no one interrogated me, I was
released and told to come back to the offices on the 26 th of July." On Monday Abu Seif was
blindfolded and detained for approximately one hour, then ordered to sign a paper declaring that he
will “not breach security”, after which he was released.
(25. July) WAFA News Agency correspondent Hussam Al-Mughani was summoned to appear before
the Internal Security Forces in Gaza on the 25 th of July. WAFA reported in a statement that Al-Mughani
was summoned for investigation and when he arrived was detained for six hours during which time he
was subjected to verbal abuse. He was released and told to return to the headquarters the next day. Al-
Mughani could not be contacted by MADA’s legal adviser following this incident, but was informed
that officials had confiscated both his computer and cell phone.
(2 Oct) Radio A’lam presenter Samer Al-Roueshed was summoned for investigation by the PPSS in
Bethlehem on the 2nd of October. Al-Rouashed said that a members of PPSS summoned him to appear
at their headquarters at 10:00 am the following day, where he was interrogated until 3:00 pm.
Alrouashed said: “they questioned me about my previous arrests by the Palestinian Intelligence
Service, about my old work with Al-Aqsa Radio, why I left my job there, and about my current job.
They told me to expect another call summoning me for further investigation”.
(4 Nov) Alhaqeqa Aldawliyeh newspaper correspondent Qais Abu Samra was summoned by the
Palestinian Intelligence service in Qalqilya on the 4 th of Novemeber. Samra says he was interrogated
from 9:30 until 11:30 am about the nature of his work as a journalist before being released. Security
personnel also told Abu Samra that he should stop reporting for the newspaper or alter the tone of its
(9 Nov) Alhaqeqa Aldawliyeh newspaper correspondent Qais Abu Samra was summoned by the
Palestinian Intelligence service in Qalqilya on Tuesday the 9 th of November. Abu Samra said that he
was interrogated about the nature of his professional work and how he collects information and news.
(29 Nov) Columnist and Palestine Public TV correspondent Fouád Jaradeh was summoned by the
Gazan Internal Security Service on the 28th of November. Jaradeh said that he received a call from the
internal security services summoning him to appear at their headquarters at 9:00 am the following day.
He arrived on time but was left to wait for three hours before starting his interrogation, when he was
questioned about the nature of his work and the articles he had written. They accused him of
corruption, saying that other political parties were telling him what to write, but he denied this
accusation. After two-hours of interrogation he was released but told return the next week with his
computer and mobile phone.
(29 Nov) Quds TV’s West Bank programme coordinator, Nawaf Al-Amer, was summoned for
interrogation by the Palestinian Intelligence Service in Nablus. Al-Amer was summoned by phone and
went to intelligence headquarters at 11:00 am on Monday the 29 th of November. After presenting
himself at the offices he was interrogated for an hour and half about the nature of his work with Quds
TV, why he choose to work with them, and how he selected staff. He was released and told to return to
their headquarters the next day. Al-Amer added: "I went the next day at about 4:00 pm, this time I was
interrogated about the channel’s policies, and the investigator threatened to close the channel and
punish me if it continues in its policy of criticizing the Palestinian Authority. I told him that I am just
an employee and it isn’t reasonable to punish me for something I am not responsible for, and that if I
did something wrong there are appropriate legal procedures to follow. I was released at 7:00 pm.”
(30 Nov) Quds TV correspondent Samer Khwereh was summoned by the Palestinian Intelligence
Service in Nablus. Khwereh said that he was summoned by phone at 2:00 pm on Monday the 29 th of
November, and told to come to their headquarters immediately, however Khwereh was busy working
in Jenin and unable to go. He went to the intelligence headquarters the next day and was detained from
8:00 am until 7:00 pm; Khwereh stated: "I was interrogated from 11:30 am until 2:00 pm about the
nature of my work and the station’s policies. The interrogator told me that he will follow me and other
employees at Quds TV until they change their policy."
(29 December) Palestine Public TV correspondent Fouád Jaradeh was summoned for interrogation by
the Internal Security Service of the Al-Ansar area, Gaza Strip, on the 8th of December. Jaradeh went to
the Internal Security headquarters at 9:00 am and was questioned until 4:00 pm while blindfolded. He
was released at 5:00 pm. Jaradeh had been summoned previously by the Security Service on the 29 th of
November where he denied accusations of reporting according to the direction of other political parties.
(14 December) Quds TV program coordinator Nawaf Al-Amer was summoned for investigation on the
14th of December by the Preventive Security Service in Nablus. He appeared as requested at their
headquarters at 9:00 am and was detained until 1:15 am the next morning. Al-Amer reported that
during this period of detention he was interrogated for two hours on his work, social status and the
reason for his arrest by the Israeli Occupation Forces in 1989. He was then presented with a summons
to appear before the Preventative Security Service on the 25 th of December. Upon presenting himself at
the headquarters, the service officers changed the summons request to a daily review; he was then
detained from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm every day from the 25 th - 29th of December without interrogation.
(4 Nov) Milad news agency and Palestinian Network for Media correspondent Nasr Abu Alfoul was
threatened via telephone by someone claiming to work for the Internal Security Forces in Gaza. Abu
Alfoul told MADA’s Legal Unit Consultant in Gaza, Karem Nashwan, that he had received three
anonymous telephone calls in the week - the last one on the 4th of November. In the first two calls he
was told to stop working in media and writing articles, in the third call, the caller told Abu Alfoul that
he must stop writing articles and added that “the internal security can harm and follow you wherever
(10 Nov) Writer and journalist Asma’ Al-Goul was subjected to a death threat by an unknown person
on the 10th of November in Gaza. Al-Goul said that she had received a death threat against her and her
son in a letter posted through her blog, the letter also contained obscene language. Al-Ghoul added: "I
went to the police station on Saturday the 13 th of November and filed a complaint. It is not the first
time I have been threatened, but this time my son's name was included in the threat." The individual
has yet to be identified.