Footage showing Israeli soldiers disrupting a Palestinian journalist’s broadcast on Israeli policies has emerged, drawing criticism from the Israeli Defense Forces.
The video depicts three Israeli soldiers interrupting a Palestinian reporter’s live broadcast by making hand gestures behind her back, calling her “Allahu Akbar” and a “liar” for reporting on “Israel's racist policy of collective punishment," referring to Israel’s plan to demolish the home of a Palestinian man shot dead after stabbing an IDF soldier in the neck, the Times of Israel reports.
An IDF spokesperson denounced the footage as “unbecoming of IDF soldiers.”
“In light of this incident, the rules of conduct regarding media outlets have been reviewed. The IDF will continue to allow freedom of the press in the West Bank,” the spokesperson said.
The incident is not an isolated action among IDF soldiers. The mockery is part of a disturbing trend among Israeli soldiers of harassing media reporting the truth about Israel’s shameful policies.
In September, Agence France–Presse journalists were attacked by Israeli soldiers covering the clashes between Palestinians and the IDF. Journalist Andrea Bernardi was held down with a knee dug into his chest until he showed his press card. Bernardi suffered bruised ribs and an eye injury. The soldiers also purportedly smashed their video camera and took another video camera and cell phone. The commanding officer was removed from his position, but no further action was taken.
Rowdy and downright abusive instances like these demonstrates how difficult it is for journalists to inform the public about Israel’s actions that deserve condemnation without fear of retaliation. Israel boasts freedom of the press, yet these acts show the censorship and limitations journalists endure.