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 âattacks against Palestinian journalists in the Occupied territoriesâ.
Al-Malki, said âIsrael started the new year, 2019, by shooting at point blank at Palestine TV crewâ, referring to Thursdayâs 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 Councilâs responsibility to âmaintain international peace and securityâ including the âprotection of journalists, media professionals and associated personnel in armed conflictsâ.
Al-Malki also spoke of the raids on âmedia institutions in the occupied territories, including the official WAFA news agency headquarters in Ramallahâ and the fact that there are still 19 journalists being held in Israeli prison.
The Minister of Information appealed to the UNSC to âenforce the text” of UNSC resolution #2222, and to âhold Israel accountable for its actions against Palestinian journalists.â
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.