Israeli occupation forces carried out 148 violations against Palestinian journalists during the month of May, the highest number since the beginning of 2022, said the Beirut-based Journalists Support Committee (JSC).
The JSC said in a report that the violations were “an attempt to prevent Palestinian journalists from documenting Israeli assaults against Palestinians and their holy sites.”
Israeli occupation forces brandished their weapons, threw bottles and stones, used pepper spray, and hurled insults at Palestinians as they worked, the report added. They also stole camera gear and mobile phones, destroyed equipment, and even rammed vehicles.
Israeli occupation kidnapped 11 Palestinian journalists in the West Bank in May, while the custody of five others was extended without trial.
Moreover, Israeli settlers attacked media workers on duty, injuring 54 journalists last month. They also provocatively disrupted Palestinian broadcasts by waving Israeli flags, singing, and dancing to Israeli nationalist songs.
Both Israeli forces and settlers obstructed at least 61 journalists and media organizations from covering Israeli violence against Palestinians, notably in occupied Jerusalem, Jenin, and Hebron.
Israeli occupation shot dead on 11 May 2022 veteran Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, as she covered a raid on a refugee camp in the occupied West Bank for Al Jazeera.
Last Wednesday, Israeli forces killed Palestinian journalist Ghufran Warasneh while she worked at the Al-Arroub refugee camp north of Hebron.