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Amro, badly beaten during first arrest, rearrested by IDF for filming soldier beating Jewish activist

Peace activist Issa Amro’s house also ransacked by Israeli security forces

Image: Middle East Monitor (used under Creative Commons licence)

Yesterday, Skwawkbox reported that Palestinian peace activist Issa Amro had been released by Israeli forces, two days after he was arrested for filming an Israeli soldier beating a Jewish Israeli activist in Hebron in occupied Palestine – and another soldier warning Amro that ‘you people are done’ because right-wing extremist Ben Gvir is taking over Israel’s security forces under Benjamin Netanyahu. The assaulted activist suffered a broken jaw and other injuries.

Despite his release, his many friends both Arab and Jewish remained worried for Amro’s safety – the arrest came after the Israeli military had made Amro’s home the centre of a ‘Closed Military Zone’ (CMZ), he and his family are frequently harassed and he had been badly beaten during the period of arrest.

And today Amro has been re-arrested, as well as having the military ransack his home and intimidate his family:

The wreckage after Israeli military ransacked Issa Amro’s home

Issa Amro is a UN- and EU-recognised peace activist known for his commitment to non-violent resistance. Israeli troops and settlers are engaged in a seemingly non-stop campaign of violence and intimidate in Amro’s home village of Tel Rumeida and the rest of Hebron. This week there are reports that a Palestinian man was shot dead at close range and his body taken by the military for resisting a soldier who was beating him:

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Unsurprisingly, the UK media are ignoring the state abuse toward Amro and the daily reality of life for Palestinians rarely receives a mention and never without assiduous ‘both-sidesing’ of events.

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