Israeli forces arrest Palestinian man who filmed IDF troops, citing ‘incitement’

Palestinian media identifies individual as reporter for PA-run Palestine TV

Israeli soldiers confiscate machinery from a suspected gun manufacturing workshop in the village of Yatta in the southern West Bank on August 14, 2018. (Israel Defense Forces)

Israeli security forces arrested a Palestinian man early Wednesday morning in a West Bank village north of Ramallah for inciting violence against Israeli soldiers “in videos he published of them while they were operating,” an IDF spokesperson said without naming the man.

The official PA news site Wafa reported that the man was a journalist, identifying him as Ali Dar Ali, a reporter for the Palestinian Authority-run Palestine TV. The IDF spokesperson did not mention that the detained individual was a journalist.

Dar Ali livestreamed two videos on Facebook early Tuesday morning of Israeli security forces operating in the Al-Amari refugee camp near Ramallah.

According to the IDF, the home of Yousef Abu Hamid, a Palestinian who was arrested on suspicion of killing IDF soldier Ronen Lubarsky earlier this year by dropping a stone slab on his head, was mapped in al-Amari on Tuesday morning. The army typically maps homes in advance of demolishing them.

Ali Dar Ali, a reporter for the PA’s Palestine TV (Screenshot Facebook)

In the two videos Dar Ali published, he does not explicitly make calls for violence against the IDF.

The IDF spokesperson declined to identify the person who was detained, saying only that he had “systematically” posted videos of troops during operations.

Ahmad Assaf, a PA official in charge of overseeing Palestine TV, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the matter.

Israeli forces also arrested 14 other Palestinians who were suspected of involvement in terrorist activities, rock-throwing and taking part in violent riots against Israeli security forces, according to the IDF.

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