Days of Palestine

ICSPR: arrest of Palestinian journalist Abu Arafa continues policy of blocking Palestinian image

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Days of Palestine – Gaza

The International Commission to Support Palestinian Rights (ICSPR) denounced the arrest of the Palestinian journalist Amer Abu Arafa by the Israeli occupation forces, after raiding his home in Deir Samet, south of Hebron, at dawn today, Tuesday.

Dr. Salah Abdel-Aty, head of the Commission, said that the daily actions of the occupation against journalists are repression of all kinds of freedoms and a flagrant attack on the press in Palestine.

Abdel-Aty added that the arrest of Abu Arafa is not the first targeting of journalists in the history of the occupation, but rather an extension of a continuous series of Israeli crimes, such as Shireen Abu Akleh, Yasser Murtaja, Ahmed Abu Hussein, and Amer Amarneh, who lost his eye. The targeting of the occupation came before years.

He pointed out that the number of journalists imprisoned in the occupation’s prisons has risen to 17, noting that all of this comes within the occupation’s attempts to silence the voice, obscure the truth and prevent the free voice and word that journalists convey to the world.

The head of the commission called for the need for international intervention to ensure the protection of journalists in accordance with the rules of international humanitarian law, to press for the urgent release of prisoners, and to hold the occupation accountable for crimes against civilians in general and journalists in particular.