18 mars 2012

Attack dogs against unarmed Palestinians in Kufr Qaddoum and breaking a journalist’s camera in Al-Ma’asara

It is yet another Friday where demonstrations get brutally attacked by Israel’s military in the occupied West Bank. In today’s demonstration in Kufr Qaddoum, Israeli soldiers released military hounds to attack unarmed Palestinian protesters. One dog bit a Palestinian activist and didn’t let go of his hand for several minutes, even when the dog’s handler ordered the dog to let go. The injured Palestinian, Ahmad Shtewi, was arrested by Israeli soldiers even when he was clearly in need of immediate medical attention. Using trained dogs to attack unarmed Palestinian demonstrators, does this ring a bell? Civil Rights Movement? But it is worse here in Palestine. Here is a video of the incident from B’Tselem:

Meanwhile, the protest in Al-Maasara near Bethlehem was heavily attacked with tear gas, stun grenades, and batons. Video footage emerged of a soldier deliberately breaking a journalist’s camera. The Palestinian journalist, Musa Al-Sha’er, was trying to photograph Israeli soldiers brutalizing Palestinian activists on the ground, as Musa was taking pictures; a soldier standing next to him broke his camera using a baton and simply acted indifferent. Here is video footage of the incident:

To add more brutality to all this, three protesters were injured in today’s demonstration in Nabi Saleh. Naomi Laet, an injured Israeli activist, sustained an injury on her head due to a rubber bullet fired by the army. All three injured protesters were later moved to the hospital for treatment.

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