Palestine Liberation Organization, Negotiations Affairs Department, November 18, 2012
Dr. Erekat on Israeli attacks against Journalists in Gaza
Member of the PLO Executive Committee and Chief Palestinian Negotiator Dr. Saeb Erekat condemned, “in the strongest terms, the latest Israeli attacks against media outlets and journalists in the Gaza Strip by Israeli occupation forces.”
At least 6 Palestinian journalists were injured, including Khader Zahar, who lost one of his legs. Most of the radio stations broadcasting from Gaza have been forced off air by Israeli bombardments of their antennae and equipment.
“Last Thursday, the Israeli Government Spokesperson said that there is no free media in Gaza, which is an insult to the brave journalists covering the situation from there. It would now seem that some Israelis want to make sure that there is no free media in Gaza.”
Dr. Erekat added: “This is not the first time that Israel has deliberately targeted journalists or buildings used by local and international media. This latest attack, and indeed the wider Israeli aggression against our people in Gaza, has been permitted by the impunity granted to Israel by the international community.”
In conclusion, Dr. Erekat called upon the international community to “take an active role in protecting Palestinian civilians. This attack on journalists and freedom of expression reflects Israel’s disdain for international law and the little value it affords the lives of Palestinians.”