The Palestinian Government’s Ministry of Information condemned the arrest of the Palestinian journalist Givara al Budeiri, who works for the Qatari radio station Al Jazeera, on Saturday during a demonstration against the displacement of Palestinians from the Sheikh Kharra neighborhood in East Jerusalem.
In particular, the Palestinian government has denounced the “violent behavior” of the Israeli police during the demonstration marking the 54th anniversary of the Naksa, the 1967 occupation of the West Bank including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip by Israeli troops, according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA.
The Palestinian Ministry of Information has called on the Security Council to implement resolution 2222 to ensure the protection of journalists and to hold those responsible for these actions accountable.
Israeli police have given assurances that Al Budeiri attacked the security forces when they tried to break up the protest and that the woman refused to provide identification. Police have also reported that neighborhood residents threw stones and firecrackers at the agents.
The published videos of the incident show that the woman was wearing a vest marked “Press” and there is no evidence of aggression against the officers.
The possible displacement of several Palestinian families from Sheikh Kharra has escalated tensions in the region and led to the recent Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip.
The military escalation erupted on May 10 after Hamas fired multiple projectiles, the day after Israeli agents stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest place for Muslims, injuring hundreds of believers in the middle of Ramadan.
The fighting, which lasted 11 days, resulted in the deaths of more than 250 people in Gaza and 12 in Israel, including one Indian woman and two Filipino men, according to the Hamas-controlled Gaza authorities.