Within two weeks, at least 180 Israeli violations were committed against journalism in the occupied Palestinian territories, including 80 in the Gaza Strip, according to the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS).
The PJS said that 10 Palestinian journalists were injured and 37 media outlets destroyed during Israel’s aggression on the Gaza Strip.
“The offices of 37 media organizations were bombed during the Israeli aggression on Gaza, 26 of them were completely destroyed,” the PJS said in a statement on Saturday.
It said that around 100 other journalists sustained injuries during Israeli assaults in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, adding that the injuries ranged between shrapnel wounds, beating and gas inhalation.
On Friday, the PJS said Palestinian journalist Yousef Abu Hussein was killed in an Israeli airstrike on his home in the Gaza Strip.
“The PJS, in cooperation with international journalists, is compiling a file about Israeli crimes against journalists to be presented to the International Criminal Court,” the PJS said.
During the 11-day of Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, Israel destroyed nine multi-story buildings, including ones housing media offices, claiming they were being used as “military infrastructure”.
On May 15, Israeli air strikes levelled the al-Jalaa tower, an 11-storey building that housed the offices of Al Jazeera, Middle East Eye, and the Associated Press in the Gaza Strip.
The bombing of this tower drew criticism from international organisations, rights groups and several governments, including those of Israel’s allies.
On May 17, leading rights group Amnesty International condemned Israel’s continuing assault on Gaza, saying that the Israeli military has “displayed a shocking disregard for the lives of Palestinian civilians by carrying out a number of airstrikes targeting residential buildings in some cases killing entire families – including children – and causing wanton destruction to civilian property, in attacks that may amount to war crimes or crimes against humanity”.
At least 279 Palestinians were killed, including 69 children and 40 women, and 1,910 others injured in the recent Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.