Jerusalem: After assaulting two journalists in the West Bank, an officer of the Israel Defence Force (IDF) has been suspended from duty.
Xinhua news agency quoted a statement as saying on Saturday, “The preliminary review of the occurrences in Beit Furik revealed that the officer in charge did not conduct himself in accordance to professional expectations.”
“Following the review, the commander was suspended from operational duty,” the statement said, adding that the IDF considers the incident ‘grave and in contravention of its code of ethics and professional standards’.
It said that the review is ongoing and lessons from the incident will be learned and disseminated within the IDF.
The Foreign Press Association said on Saturday that a cameraman and photographer were harassed and beaten by IDF soldiers ‘in an unprovoked attack‘ when they were covering a protest near the West Bank city of Nablus Friday.
The association said that the IDF soldiers pointed their weapons at the two journalists, threw one to the ground, punched him in the ribs and held him pinned to the floor with a knee in the chest.
Both had to be treated in hospital and their equipment were also destroyed, causing several thousand euros of damage.
New Delhi, May 7, 2017: An author and journalist Tarek fatah reacts to his suspension of account on social networking site Facebook last month, and posted a message on Twitter saying: “As if being on the ISIS death list weren’t enough, Facebook suspends me. This calls for a book titled: White Guilt and Brown B*******.”
As if being on the ISIS death list weren't enough, @Facebook suspends me. This calls for a book titled:
Reference to ISIS by Fateh is regarding a report when he was targeted by the terrorist group during his visit to India. The news came into limelight when two of the four terror suspects were arrested by the UP Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) during the investigation.
According to an Indian Express report, cops have arrested Nazim Shamshad alias Umar, Zeeshan alias Ghazi Baba alias Muzammil, Faizan alias Mufti and Ahtesham in a joint operation of ATS spanning five states. They were caught from Mumbai, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, respectively. During the 8-day police custody, Faizan and Ahtesham had revealed the plan to attack Tarek Fatah.
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Unable to explain how Fatah has violated the terms and conditions of the website Facebook, the reasons of his account’s suspension are still dim and dubious. On receiving numerous complaints based on offensive and nasty comments against any ID, Facebook generally tends to suspend that account. But this has not prevented Fatah from his unceasing showering of contentious comments on other social media websites, including Twitter. He has been casting his opinions on most delicate issues.
Apart from being an Islamic scholar and a columnist, Fatah has also been widely known for his remarks that have reportedly generated controversies due to their divisive political stances.
Earlier, the Google account of Tarek Fatah was suspended on January 11, this year, for a brief period. However, the account was restored after about an hour. Google just like Facebook gives its users the facility to report or block someone for unwanted emails or if the addressees feel “harassed”. It is likely that if too many people report an account, Google might suspend it. It is likely that certain people may have reported Fatah’s Gmail account leading to the suspension.
In February, an organisation ‘All India Faizan-e-Madina Council’ had accused Fatah of upholding anti-Muslim sentiments on his TV show. In reaction, the 67-year old journalist had stated that he is not scared by the death threats against him. He tweeted: “A bounty on my head,” Indian Mullahs on my tail, Jihadis lusting my blood, but they don’t scare me.”
– prepared by Himanshi Goyal of Newsgram, twitter account: @himanshi1104