FPA ‘deplores’ violation of press privilege in Hebron attack

The Foreign Press Association says that reports of a stabbing attack near Hebron carried out by a Palestinian man posing as a photojournalist and wearing a press jacket is a “worrying development” and calls all “Palestinian media organizations to immediately verify all media credentials.”

The attacker stabbed an IDF soldier, 20, who was taken in moderate condition to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.

“We utterly deplore this violation of press privilege and call on local Palestinian media organizations to immediately verify all media credentials to ensure there are no violations,” the FPA says in the statement.

“This attack was carried out by someone posing as a local Palestinian journalist. All the same, it marks a worrying development that demands that all media operate with heightened caution in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. This incident is also clearly of grave concern to the Israeli security forces. As the FPA, we try to work closely with the IDF and the Border Police to ensure coordination is clear and that all dangers are minimized. We urge the continuation of that cooperation and coordination to avoid any attack like this happening again in the future,” it says.

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