An Israeli soldier has been jailed for 10 days after he attacked prominent Palestinian activist Issa Amro as he was being interviewed by New Yorker journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright. The assault took place in Hebron in the occupied West Bank. Amro spoke after the attack.
Issa Amro: “I see that there is a huge escalation from the Israeli soldiers and the Israeli settlers toward Palestinians and Israeli human rights defenders. We now really have real life threats. I feel my life is in danger. What happened, that the soldier was wild, and he didn’t care about the presence of a prominent international journalist. They don’t care. They don’t care anymore even about the cameras, about journalists. They feel that they are backed up with their own government and backed up by their own system.”
A Twitter video of the attack posted by Wright has gone viral. Israel’s far-right National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir has expressed full support for the assailant.
This comes amid escalating violence against Palestinians, with Israeli soldiers killing another two people, including a teenager, during a raid on the Far’a refugee camp in the northern occupied West Bank Tuesday. Israel has killed at least 50 Palestinians, including 11 children, since the start of the year.