“Israel” Crimes Against Palestinian Press and the Absence of International Justice!
- 94 Defa Okundu
In the past 14 years (2006-2019), nearly 1,200 journalists around the world have been killed in the performance of their media duties and the delivery of information to the general public.
Two years and a half have passed since the assassination of the press photographer Yaser Murtaja by the Israeli occupation forces. On the eastern borders of Gaza city, Murtaja was assassinated during the great return marches while he was doing his profession among thousands of protesters demanding to end the siege, while his family didn’t receive justification about the reason for targeting him.
Yaser Murtaja was presuming that the press helmet and body armor which he was wearing could provide him safety according to international law, however, an Israeli bullet penetrated his body among thousands of protesters which led to his death.
To End Impunity
United Nations General Assembly declared that 2 November, will be the International day to end impunity for crimes against journalists, the resolution urged the Member States to implement definite measures countering the present culture of impunity.
Israel has killed more than 90 Palestinian journalists, injured and detained hundreds since it occupied Palestine, and deliberately targeted journalists directly in all activities, events, and national events.
Palestinians are particularly vulnerable to attacks and crimes that are planned and systematic which amount to war crimes without any deterrent or investigation, and their press rights are effectively lost.
Palestinian journalists are subjected to restrictions on movement, detention, and pursuit without any consideration of the international laws that provide them with protection according to the Fourth Geneva Convention and others.
"Israel" is accused of evasion and attempting to escape punishment for the crimes it commits against journalists, calling for a fair international investigation that protects journalists and restores their rights too.