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Israeli forces detain activist over video footage of Hebron shooting

Oct. 17, 2015 1:14 P.M. (Updated: March 21, 2016 5:20 P.M.)
A file photo shows a Palestinian man arrested by Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank city Hebron. (AFP/File)
By: Killian Redden

HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Saturday detained and briefly held the media coordinator of a Palestinian activist group after it released video footage that they say contradicts the Israeli army's version of events.

A spokesperson for Youth Against Settlements told Ma'an that Israeli forces held Ahmad Amr for nearly five hours, and confiscated his filming equipment and laptop.

Youth Against Settlements earlier released video footage taken after an Israeli settler shot dead 18-year-old Fadil Qawasmi, who the claimed attempted to stab him.

The activist group said the footage showed the soldiers planting a knife on Qawasmi, although due to its low resolution it is not conclusive.

The groups spokesperson said that Israeli forces had "humiliated" their media coordinator, Amr, during his detention, and threatened to arrest him again if he filmed or published any more video footage.

They erased large amounts footage of his equipment and damaged his laptop, the group's spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces also threatened another resident of Hebron and a volunteer with Youth Against Settlements, Mufeed Sharbati, who earlier spoke with Ma'an after witnessing the shooting of Qawasami.

Israeli forces told Sharbati that they would come back later in the night and he would see "what they would do."

"We're used to that," the group's spokesperson said. "We're not afraid."

He said that Israeli forces had repeatedly targeted and "incited" against them.

An Israeli army spokesperson said she was looking into the reports.

Youth Against Settlements often documents incidents on Shuhada Street, where the attack took place. The street lies at the heart of tensions in Hebron's Old City where Israeli forces have severely restricted Palestinian access since 1994.

On Friday, Israeli forces also detained Palestinian photojournalist Bilal al-Taweel who captured a photo of a Palestinian man before he stabbed an Israeli soldier in Hebron.

Taweel's brother told Ma'an that Israeli authorities had notified him that Taweel had been taken to the Etzion detention center.

After the stabbing attack, Israeli forces reportedly detained a number of other Palestinian journalists for questioning who were later released, except for Jamil Salhab, who captured footage of the Palestinian stabbing the Israeli soldier.

Kathy P / USA
Of course... Eliminate the witnesses.... Destroy evidence... And only then.. Make up a story....
17/10/2015 15:29
Joe Fattal / USA
@ Kathy P / USA Palestinians are under the same emergency law that Egyptians were under Mubarak and now under their new dictator. They can arrest anyone under any kind of suspicion even a witness against the government. At least you can give Netanyahu credit for having
17/10/2015 16:58
Joe Fattal / USA
Cont....two heads on his shoulder. One as a dictator for the Palestinians and the other as so call a democratic leader for the Israelis.
17/10/2015 17:00
Nell / Canada
Has anyone seen the photo shopped pictures, whereby the shadow in the picture has no knife, but the alleged perpetrator has. Thank God for the elements.
17/10/2015 17:10
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