Given the recent injury of a journalist in Palestine, the Minister of Information, Riyad al-Malki, put pressure on the president of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to apply resolution #2222 for â€śattacks against Palestinian journalists in the Occupied territoriesâ€ť.
Al-Malki, said â€śIsrael started the new year, 2019, by shooting at point blank at Palestine TV crewâ€ť, referring to Thursdayâ€™s incident, in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, which resulted in a Palestine TV correspondent, Bakr Abdul Haq, being shot by Israeli forces, in the leg, with a rubber-coated steel bullet, reported WAFA News Agency.
The UNSC resolution #2222, adopted in 2015, affirms the Security Councilâ€™s responsibility to â€śmaintain international peace and securityâ€ť including the â€śprotection of journalists, media professionals and associated personnel in armed conflictsâ€ť.
Al-Malki also spoke of the raids on â€śmedia institutions in the occupied territories, including the official WAFA news agency headquarters in Ramallahâ€ť and the fact that there are still 19 journalists being held in Israeli prison.
The Minister of Information appealed to the UNSC to â€śenforce the text” of UNSC resolution #2222, and to â€śhold Israel accountable for its actions against Palestinian journalists.â€ť
2018 was a very dangerous year for journalists, with 2 deaths, including Yasser Murtaja and Ahmad Abu Hussein, while covering the Great March of Return in Gaza. 278 others are said to have been wounded, according to a study conducted by WAFA.
According to the WAFA study, the 278 journalists were injured with rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas inhalation, by physical assault by Israeli forces, among others, throughout Palestine.