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MADA condemns Israeli aggression against journalists

Sept. 25, 2011 4:53 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 26, 2011 9:48 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A delegation from the Palestinian center for Development and Media Freedoms, MADA, on Sunday visited a French journalist wounded by Israeli forces.

Chris Hoby was covering a march in the village of Nabi Saleh last Friday when a soldier threw a metal grenade on the ground beside him, causing severe contusions to his right leg, a statement from MADA said.

Hoby received treatment at the scene before being transferred to a hospital.

The general director of MADA, Moussa Rimawi, said Hoby was yet another victim of Israeli aggression against journalists.

Israeli forces continue to suppress peaceful protests across the West Bank, Rimawi added, targeting journalists to prevent them from capturing Israeli military violence against unarmed protesters.

He called on the international community to protect demonstrators and journalists in the region.

The village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah, holds weekly Friday rallies to protest against Israel's confiscation of village lands.

Peaceful Palestinian rallies in the West Bank are often met with a violent response by Israeli forces.

A report published in early September by Israeli human rights group B'Tselem said that the Israeli military systematically denies Palestinians the right to protest in the West Bank.
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