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Israel's attacks on journalists in Jerusalem on rise

Recent months have seen more and more attacks by Israeli forces on journalists covering events in occupied East Jerusalem.

Most recently, Israeli police arrested Givara al-Budeiri of Qatar-based news channel Al Jazeera and Palestinian activist Muna al-Kurd.

The tension began in the region at the end of April with Israeli forces’ raid on the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The tension escalated into violence in the occupied West Bank and the areas inhabited by Israeli Arabs, and soon turned into an Israeli military operation against the blockaded Gaza Strip.

Journalists who have long been closely monitoring the violent events in the region have been targeted by Israeli forces. Media workers were hit with plastic bullets, tear-gassed, and even detained.

Israeli attacks targeting Gaza for 11 days ended with a cease-fire on May 21.

A statement by Palestine's Information Ministry said journalists in Jerusalem were subjected to violence 35 times this May alone.


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