Jerusalem (AP) — Israeli border guards hire veteran correspondents on the Al Jazeera satellite channel when dozens of Palestinian families were interviewed from a conflict area in Jerusalem, where Jewish settlers were scheduled to evict. Forced detention.
Jivala Budeiri was released late Saturday, but hours after border police detained her in the Sheikh Jarrah district, she wore body armor labeled “Press.” Al Jazeera said police also destroyed the channel’s cameraman’s belongings.
Budeiri broke his arm and is under surveillance at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem on Sunday, said Walid O’Malley, Jerusalem bureau chief in Al Jazeera.
O’Malley said Budeiri had been reporting regularly from Sheikh Jarrah.
On Saturday, she was interviewing a Palestinian sit-in on the scene. O’Malley said the Israeli border guard requested her ID and she offered to call the driver to get the ID from the car. According to O’Malley, the army refused to retrieve it and instead began pushing her out loud. He said he told her not to touch her. At some point, police handcuffed her and pushed her into a police car at the border.
According to O’Malley, Budeiri is accredited by the Israeli government news agency.
Israeli police did not respond to requests for comment.
Mostefa Sugu, acting secretary general of Al Jazeera, accused police of action. “Systematic targeting of our journalists is a complete violation of all international treaties,” he said.
“They are attacking East Jerusalem journalists because they don’t want them to keep up with what’s happening inside Sheikh Jara,” O’Malley said.
After several Islamic extremist groups fired several rockets at Jerusalem on May 10, Sheikh Jara’s tensions fueled weeks of anxiety, triggered a war between Israel and Hamas, and Palestinian rights in the sanctuary. Established a position as an advocate.
The war, which killed 254 in Gaza and 12 in Israel, ended on May 21. A total of more than 4,000 rockets were launched at Israel by Gaza militants, who bombed hundreds of Gaza targets.
With the intervention of the Israeli Attorney General, the most imminent eviction of Jerusalem has been put on hold, but the settlers’ campaign continues.
Rights groups are concerned that evacuation may take place in the coming months amid diminishing international interest, which could be a new source of bloodshed. Israeli watchdog Ir Amim, who has taken a closer look at various court cases, estimates that at least 150 households in the two regions are on the verge of eviction.
Souag accused Israel of trying to silence journalists in a systematic way. He said Budeiri’s detention occurred after Israel destroyed the Gaza skyscrapers that housed the Al Jazeera district office during the war on May 15. The tower also had a Gaza branch of the Associated Press.
Israel claims that Hamas military intelligence was operating from the building. AP states that there are no signs of Hamas being present in the building. Seeking an independent investigation.