Israeli Soldiers Attack Journalists, Abduct Two, In Sheikh Jarrah

Jarrah – Israeli soldiers repeatedly attacked, Thursday, two Palestinian journalists in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, in occupied East Jerusalem, before abducting them, and assaulted many others.

The soldiers assaulted many journalists, before abducting a photojournalist, identified as Wahbi Mikeh, in addition to Zeina Halawani. The two journalists work for the Al-Kofiya Palestinian TV station.

The two abducted journalists were repeatedly attacked and dragged by the soldiers in the neighborhood.

Wahbi was bleeding after the soldiers assaulted him; his team members retrieved his camera that has his blood on it.

Palestinian Journalist Christine Rinawi said the Israeli police has decided to remand the two abducted journalists and to send them to court this coming Friday.

The attack is part of the constant Israeli violations in Sheikh Jarrah, especially amidst the Israeli plans to displace and remove the indigenous Palestinians to replace them with illegal colonialist settlers.

28 Palestinian families are living in Sheikh Jarrah; they moved there when they were forced out of their homes and lands during the Nakba of 1948, when Israel was established in the historic land of Palestine, after ethnically cleansing hundreds of towns and villages.

In the year 2020, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) stated that Israeli colonialist groups filed lawsuits with Israeli courts to displace more than 218 Palestinian families (970 persons, including at least 424 children), in occupied East Jerusalem, including 75 families Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

The Israeli Supreme Court recently postponed the deliberation of appeals filed by four families in Sheikh Jarrah, while three other families are awaiting a hearing which is said to be conducted in August of this year.

(Source / 28.05.2021)

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