Israeli Forces Assault Palestinian Cameraman, Seize Filming Gear near Jenin Checkpoint

JENIN, November 4, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Wednesday afternoon physically assaulted a Palestinian cameraman and confiscated his filming equipment near al-Jalama military checkpoint, north of Jenin.

WAFA reported on Muhammad Badarneh, who works as a reporter with Palestine TV station, as saying that while he and his colleague, Sakhr Zawatiya, who works as a cameraman, were about one kilometer far from al-Jalama checkpoint getting ready to film a report, Israeli forces assaulted them.

Badarneh and his colleague were working on a report documenting current situation of agriculture in the northern West Bank district of Jenin and conditions of Palestinian workers following the closure of the checkpoint.

Israeli soldiers reportedly assaulted Zawatiya using the butts of their riffles, shouted obscenities at him, and detained the crew for over half an hour.

They also seized two video tapes and the camera stand before threatening the crew to beat them up if they approach the checkpoint.

Badarneh noted that they have filed a complaint to the Palestinian military liaison and Joint Operations Room.