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Euro-Med Monitor Condemns Israel’s Arrest Of Journalist Guevara Al-Budairi


The
Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor condemned the
Israeli police’s arrest of Palestinian journalist Guevara
Al-Budairi, al-Jazeera correspondent in the Palestinian
territory, calling for her immediate release.

In a
press release, Euro-Med Monitor deplored the violent
behaviour of the Israeli police towards the journalist
during her coverage of confrontations in the Sheikh Jarrah
neighbourhood in occupied East Jerusalem and the destruction
of a camera used by the al-Jazeera crew.

Al-Budairi
was covering the demonstrations of solidarity with the
Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood on the 54th anniversary of the
Naksa day, in which Israel occupied the West Bank, East
Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip, Golan and
Sinai.

Eyewitnesses told a Euro-Med Monitor field team
that journalist al-Budairi was detained in an Israeli police
station on Salah El-Din Street in Jerusalem, after being
handcuffed and violently pushed.

They added that the
police asked the reporter for her identity card, and that
she told them that it was in the car and tried to go to get
it, but they did not allow her to go and quickly handcuffed
and took her to the police car.

Euro-Med Monitor is
concerned over the systematic Israeli targeting of media
crews in the Palestinian territory, especially after the
recent destruction of residential buildings in Gaza, some of
which housed dozens of media offices, including the al-Jalaa
residential tower that included the al-Jazeera’s main
headquarters in the Gaza Strip on May 15.

Three days
ago, the Israeli police had released two Palestine
journalists from Jerusalem, Wahbi Makiya and Zina Halawani.
The release was conditioned with serving house arrest for
five days, deportation from the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood
for a month, and paying a fine of about 600
dollars.

Journalist Zeina Al-Halawani and her
colleague Wahbi Makiya were detained on May 28 while
covering the events of Sheikh Jarrah. During their arrest,
they were beaten and left to suffer various
bruises.

At the time, the attack by the Israeli police
caused head bleeding of the journalist Wahbi Makiya and
other injuries to his colleague Zeina Al-Halawani and broke
their camera.

On May 21, the Israeli judiciary
extended the administrative detention of the Al-Ghad TV
cameraman, Hazem Nasser, for 11 days. The journalist was
arrested on May 12 after passing an Israeli checkpoint at
the entrance of Tulkarm in the West Bank after his return
from covering clashes between the Israeli army and
Palestinian youths.

The Euro-Mediterranean Human
Rights Monitor said that the Israeli authorities’ targeting
of Palestinian journalists while performing their work is a
systematic policy and shameful behaviour amidst the absence
of international accountability measures to deter these
violations. According to Reporters Without Borders, the
Israeli authorities detained at least 13 Palestinian
journalists, most of whom serve administrative
detention.

Euro-Med Monitor called on the Israeli
authorities to immediately release the journalist Al-Budairi
and all the detained journalists. Euro-Med also called on
the Israeli government to stop attacking Palestinian
journalists and obstructing their work.

The human
rights group warned that the continuation of such violations
against journalists is a continuous violation of fundamental
rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political
Rights. Administrative detention is also a significant
violation under the Fourth Geneva Convention, which gave
journalists the right to cover armed conflicts. They
considered them civilians who must not be attacked or
targeted as long as they are not participating in the
hostilities.

Euro-Med Monitor warned that the Israeli
authorities would be subject to legal accountability before
the United Nations and its bodies if they continued their
aggressive policy towards journalists. The Appeals Chamber
of the International Criminal Court recognized that
journalists who carry out missions in war zones serve the
public interest in drawing the attention of the
international community to the scandals and facts of armed
conflicts, which requires the international community to
protect and secure them and to impose international
sanctions on violators of their safety.

The
Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor stressed that
journalists in the Palestinian territories are only
performing their work and should not be treated by the
Israeli authorities as perpetrators. And finally, Euro-Med
Monitor calls for serious action by the United Nations
relevant international organizations to stop Israel’s
violations.

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