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30 June 2008

Israelis Assault Award Winning Journalist

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Photos like this have made Mohammed Omer unpoplar with Israel's security services

From the
Inter Press Service:

Mohammed Omer, joint winner of the 2008 Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism, was strip-searched at gunpoint, assaulted and abused by Israeli security officials at the Allenby border crossing between Jordan and the West Bank on Thursday as he tried to return home to Gaza.

Accompanied by Dutch diplomats, Omer passed through the Jordanian side of the border without incident. However, after arrival on the Israeli side, trouble began. He informed a female soldier that he was returning home to Gaza. He was repeatedly asked where Gaza was, and told that he had neither a permit nor any coordination to cross. His luggage was again searched, and security then proceeded to go through every document and paper he had on him, taking down the names and numbers of the European parliamentary officials he had met.

The security men also demanded he show all the money he had on him, and particular attention was paid to the British pounds he was carrying. His Gellhorn prize money had been awarded in British pounds but he was not carrying the entire sum on him bodily, something the investigators refused to believe. After being unable to produce the prize money, he was ordered to strip naked. Every cavity of his body was searched as one of the investigators pinned him down on the floor, placing his boot on Omer’s neck. Omer began vomiting, and fainted.

When he came round his eyelids were being forcibly opened and his eardrums probed by an Israeli military doctor, who was also armed. He was then dragged along the floor by his feet by the Shin Bet officials, with his head repeatedly banging on the floor, to a Palestinian ambulance which had been called.
Looks like Jimmy Carter was right when he likened the administration of the occupied territories to South Africa's apartheid.

(cross posted at Liberal Avenger) (via appletree)

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6 Comments:

Anonymous R J Adams said...

It's a known fact that abused children will frequently react later in life by themselves becoming abusers.
Strangely, it also appears to happen to nations.

Heil, mein Fuhrer!

9:23 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why, that dirty little, anti- semitic, arab.... he should shut his cake hole

Yeah, of COURSE I'm being sarcastic.. the Israelis are a law unto themselves.

9:50 pm  
Anonymous Tazmanian said...

Perhaps now we can all see the Zionazis for what they really are. Damn them all to hell or somewhere equally horrible.
Seriously though, Does anyone relly give a flying f*ck about Palestinians?

8:29 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seriously though, Does anyone relly give a flying f*ck about Palestinians?

Pardon?

Meaning?

9:05 pm  
Blogger Wisewebwoman said...

I get sick when I hear of these fresh assaults on human dignity. Israel and the USA are so entwined, there is no outcry anywhere and how can the US criticise anyway with its own bucket of war crimes and abuses?
The U.N. is shackled. Some days seem without hope.
XO
WWW

3:37 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fair and balanced ? Never. All Palestine is perfect, eh?

This place is so one sided..always!

6:18 pm  

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