Israeli War Crimes Extend to
Journalists by Bombing Gaza Media Center
November 18, 2012
Israel 'trying to silence' the press in Gaza Published today
Smoke and debris are seen after an Israeli airstrike on the office of
Al-Aqsa TV in a building that also houses other media in Gaza City Nov.
18, 2012. (Reuters/Majdi Fathi, File)
|Cameraman Khader Zahar, who
lost his leg in airstrike Saturday (image by Belalmd12)
||Cameraman Khader Zahar, who
lost his leg in airstrike Saturday (image by Belalmd12)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) --
A Palestinian journalists rights group accused Israel on Sunday of
targeting journalists in the Gaza Strip, after Israeli warplanes bombed
two media buildings.
Mada says Israel is "trying to silence the
press in Gaza and its crimes against journalists must not go
In a statement, the group said it "strongly condemns
the renewed Israeli aggression in the Gaza Strip and the direct
targeting of a number of journalists and media institutions."
Israeli airstrikes hit two media headquarters in Gaza City, including
the building that houses Ma'an's Gaza office, early Sunday.
least six journalists were hurt in the first strike, and the Palestinian
Center for Human Rights said 10 journalists and media professionals were
hurt in the bombings.
Israel's army says the buildings are part
of "Hamas' operational communications."
Mada, which is based in
Ramallah, called for protecting journalists and to prosecute the
perpetrators of such crimes against press and freedom of expression.
"The evasion from punishment of the Israeli occupation forces ...
especially with regard to its crimes against the four journalists killed
during the aggression on Gaza in 2009, enabled such occupation forces to
commit further crimes against journalists and the media," Mada said.
An Israeli army statement said one building was targeted because it
is "an infrastructure of Hamas' operational communications, located
inside a civilian building."
"As a result, and in order to
minimize the damage to non involved persons, the (army) only targeted
the communication devices which were located on the roof of the
building, and not the operations room of Hamas that is located on one of
the floors," the statement said.
Journalists react after Sunday's
attack on a media office (Reuters)
Imad Ifranji, director of Al-Quds
TV in Gaza, told Mada that Israel fired three missiles at the TV editing
and filming department and at the 11th floor of the al-Shawa building.
Ifranji added that "shelling caused injury to all in the office of
photographers and assistants and a driver, in addition to significant
damage in the section, in addition to damages in the ambulance that
rushed to the place for the transfer of injuries, and damage to the TV
Saed Radwan, program director at Hamas-affiliated al-Aqsa
TV, reported that Israeli warplanes targeted the broadcasting section on
the 15th floor of the Shorouq tower, in the al-Rimal area of Gaza City
at 6:30 a.m.
Severe damage was caused and most of the equipment
and studios were destroyed and "one rocket penetrated the office of
Palestine Media Production actually on the 14th floor, causing damage".
The Foreign Press Association in Israel said it was concerned by the
The coalition of foreign journalists noted that
countries with media groups in the targeted buildings are members of the
UN Security Council, which has adopted resolution 1738 condemning
attacks against journalists in conflict situations.
quoted the resolution, saying "journalists, media professionals and
associated personnel engaged in dangerous professional missions in areas
of armed conflict shall be considered civilians, to be respected and
protected as such."
Meanwhile the families and relatives of
journalists have also come under attack in the days since Israel
launched an assault on Gaza that has killed over 50 people since
On Friday forces targeted the house of European
Agency photographer Ali Ibrahim, resulting in moderate injuries to his
elderly father, his sister, and her daughter.
On the same day,
Mada says, Israeli forces targeted the headquarters of Free Media in the
Sheikh Radwan area of the Gaza Strip, almost completely destroying it.
In a case that received widespread coverage Wednesday, a missile
killed Omar Mashharawi, the 11-month-old son of BBC Arabic employee
Jihad Mashharawi, when his home came under fire.
Saturday Five Palestinians Killed In Gaza By Israeli Shells
Sunday November 18, 2012 03:46 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News
Death Toll 46 Since Wednesday
According to medical sources, five people were killed, including a
woman killed in her home, and at least 19 injured in over a dozen
separate Israeli airstrikes on populated areas in Gaza on Saturday
In southern Gaza, a 30 year old woman identified as
Samhar Qidih was killed during an Israeli aerial bombardment of her
Also in southern Gaza on Saturday evening, three separate
Israeli airstrikes took place in Rafah, two of which resulted in
One of these airstrikes was a targeted
assassination attempt of Atiyeh Abu Naqira, one of the leaders of the
al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas party.
sustained extensive damage, but no one was present in the home when it
Another airstrike on a home in Rafah wounded two
women and 4 children. And a third airstrike in Rafah killed a
Palestinian man who has yet to be identified.
In central Gaza, an
Israeli air strike in Jahor al-Dik neighborhood killed two young men,
identified as Ali Bin Saed, 25, and Muhammad Aydat, and injured three
others. In addition, the Israeli military issued a statement that they
targeted the vacant residence of Izzadin Hadad, who they claim was a
senior Hamas operative, in the Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City. Seven
Palestinian civilians were wounded in that attack.
Tamer al-Hamri, died in the hospital late Saturday night from wounds
sustained in Saturday morning's bombing of Dir al-Balah in central Gaza.
Furthermore, according to journalist Safa Joudeh, an airstrike
targeting a media center in Gaza City caused
Cameraman Khader Zahar to lose one of his legs.
building known as Shwaa and Hosari tower, houses a number of media
organizations, including Al Quds radio, which is now off the air.
Other journalists injured in the airstrike have been identified as:
Darweesh Bulbul, Ibrahim Lubad, Mohamad Akhras, Hazem Daour and Ashraf
Reports from journalist Wael Ouda indicate that
Saturday night airstrikes hit the Ash-Shaty' refugee camp and Sudanya
area, and naval bombardment along the Gaza coast continued from 2 to 3
The ongoing Israeli aerial attacks on the Gaza Strip have
resulted in 46 Palestinians killed and more than 455 wounded, including
150 children and 80 women.
Even the killing of known Hamas
leaders and fighters is a direct violation of the Fourth Geneva
Convention, which requires a trial for anyone accused of involvement in
violent resistance, and condemns extrajudicial assassinations.