A Palestinian activist said, on Tuesday, that Israeli soldiers have threatened to kill him if he continues to document Israeli army and settler acts against Palestinians in occupied Hebron.
Aref Jaber, an activist with Human Rights Defenders in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, said that soldiers stopped him as he came out of his house in Jaber neighborhood, in the occupied section of Hebron known as H2, and threatened to kill him should he continue to document violations against Palestinians in that part of the city.
Jaber was held and interrogated for several hours, on Saturday, for filming Israeli soldiers shooting and killing 37-year-old Rami Sabarneh, married with three children, while he was doing road work for the Hebron Municipality near the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba.
Israeli lawmakers are working on passing a new law that makes filming Israeli soldiers in action a crime punishable with a long prison term.
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Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.