Israel is the only “state” of occupation that has a culture of piracy, plunder, robbery, theft, murder, assassinations … and a deep lack of respect for neighboring nations and countries. Whatever the israelis do, the world defends their crimes and make up excuses and justifications to defend even their most disgusting base crimes.
Today Wednesday, February 29 2012 at 2 AM, with frost and temperatures under zero, the israeli military forces carried out an incursion into Ramallah, the headquarters of the Palestinian Authority and its leadership and proceeded to carry away, to loot and plunder the property of a number of Palestinian TV stations, among them Watan, private TV channel and al-Quds educational TV in Ramallah and Al Bireh, they detained and terrorised employee Abdul Rahman Thaher, correspondent Hamza Salaymeh, graphics expert Ibrahim Milhim and broadcaster Ahmad Zaki.
The IDF criminals emptied the offices of Watan and al-Quds educational TV, plundered all computers, financial files, all the transmitter equipments and then proceeded to close the canals. This was not the first raid on the same stations. In 2002 the IDF raided these same stations and stole the transmitters. On Wednesday, 20 August 2008, the IDF soldiers, israeli police, personnel from the so-called Civil Administration and employees of the Israeli Ministry of Communications, wilfully destroyed and ransacked the premises and of Wan FM Radio, BBC Radio, Freedom Radio Al-Huriyyah and Al-Majed TV in Hebron, which are commercial media enterprises in Hebron owned by private persons.
The IDF plundering incursion was approved by minister of war Ehud Barak, (אהוד ברק) Brigadier General Avi Mizrahi, (אבי מזרחי) the so-called “central command” (meaning that he is the responsible commander for the war crimes of the occupation in the West Bank and Jerusalem region), General Motti Almoz (תא”ל מוטי אלמוז) head of the so-called “civil administration” in Beit El (the colonial branch of the IDF) and current minister of communication, Moshe Kahlon (משה כחלון) of Likud.
Abdel Nasser Al-Najjar, President of the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS) in Ramallah denounced the raid on the two stations as an “Israeli crime against the Palestinian media.” He said that Israel’s goal was “to prevent the truth from reaching the world through the Palestinian media”. Al-Najjar and other journalists were joined by Palestinian Prime minister when they held a demonstration before the looted offices of Watan TV today morning.
On Wednesday Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas strongly condemned the pre-dawn IDF raid on the two TV stations in Ramallah calling it “a flagrant assault on freedom of expression and media.” It must be noted that the Palestinian Authority police and military forces did not interrupt the plundering mission of the IDF. They were all absent from Ramallah, nowhere to be found. This shows the real power of the PA, its police and troops in Ramallah, and where the true loyalties of the PA are.
Dr. Mustafa Barghouti condemned the raids in a statement. He said: “This act is not only a violation of human rights and humanitarian law but also a breach of the agreements that forbid the Israeli military forces from entering or carrying out operations in Area A”. He added “we will campaign worldwide to repel the Israeli aggression”.
According to Palestinian sources, the IDF troops had informed the Palestinian authority, the so-called “DCL coordination office” before they perpetrated their plundering operation. According to sources, the PA military commander in Ramallah gave an order to his troops to clear the way for the IDF to not interfere in any way with this plundering raid!
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