Monday 7th June 2021
The Forum for Development and Human Rights Dialogue Condemns Recent Assault on Al-Jazeera Reporter
The Forum for Development and Human Rights Dialogue condemns the assualt on Al-Jazeera correspondent, “Guevara Al-Dabiri”, while she was covering protests by Palestinian activists to commemorate 1967 defeat “Al-Naksa” in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.
Israeli occupation forces violently mistreated the reporter without any reason. The incident occurred when the Israeli security forces asked the journalist for her permit card, and the reporter requested to bring it from her private car, but soon the occupation forces started beating her and directed several Kicks towards her and destroyed her press equipment, cuffed and arrested her. According the reporter, she was also subjected to more beatings during her arrest, and that the occupation forces were aware of her journalistic profession, by wearing the press jacket and that one member of the security forces knew that she was a reporter for Al-Jazeera. After legal attempts, the reporter was released after being detained for hours. Despite that, the violence used against her did not stop, as she was prevented from practicing her profession for 15 days in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.
The Forum for Human Rights and Development denounces the attacks that the correspondent was subjected to, as the crime committed against her is considered a war crime in accordance with the 1998 Rome Convention and the protocol annexed to the 1977 Geneva Convention, where the first paragraph of Article 50 affirmed the necessity of protecting journalists, especially journalists in armed conflicts.