JERUSALEM -Two more media advocay groups condemned the shooting of a
cameraman for Hamas TV, who lay wounded on the ground when he came under more
fire during a clash with Israeli troops.
The incident, captured by TV cameras, took place Thursday, during heavy
fighting between Hamas militants and Israeli forces in central Gaza. The
cameraman, Imad Ghanem, had to have both legs amputated as a result of his
Israeli army spokeswoman Maj. Avital Leibowitch, has said it was not clear
who shot Ghanem, a cameraman for the Hamas-allied Al Aqsa TV, though she did not
deny it could have been Israeli troops. There are no plans to investigate, she
Leibowitch said the cameraman was a legitimate target because he was with the
Hamas gunmen firing at Israeli forces, was separated from other journalists
covering the clash, and could have been carrying a weapon.
On Friday, the Brussels-based International Federation of Journalists
condemned the shooting and called for an investigation.
Two more media advocacy groups, the Committee to Protect Journalists and
Reporters Without Borders, also issued protests.
"The Israeli military's repeated attacks on media and journalists during
military operations are unacceptable and constitute violations of international
humanitarian law," said Reporters Without Borders. The group demanded an
investigation into why soldiers continued firing toward Ghanem after he had been
The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists also called for an
"We are horrified by the Israeli forces apparent targeting of cameraman Imad
Ghanem," the group's executive director, Joel Simon, said. "He was carrying out
legitimate journalistic duties when he was seriously wounded. Deliberate
targeting of journalists cannot be justified. We call on the Israeli army to
investigate this incident fully and make its findings public."