Palestinians are campaigning in support of a journalist who lost his eye after being shot by Israeli forces. Muath Amarneh was hit in the eye, apparently with a rubber bullet fired by Israeli forces last week. The doctors, however, could not remove a shrapnel from his head due to high risk to his life. Muath underwent a critical surgery when doctors successfully removed the remaining of the journalist’s left eye.
Israel’s border police said it did not target Amarneh at the protest near the city of Hebron and said it had used “nonlethal” means to disperse the crowd.
Thousands of social media users took part in a campaign to support Palestinian freelance journalist Muath Amarneh, who lost his eye after being wounded while covering a protest in the occupied West Bank last week. They used the hashtags #MuathEye #EyeofTruth #عين_معاذ.
Social media users from a variety of backgrounds – including teachers, students and youth organisations from dozens of countries across the world, ranging from the US to Malaysia, joined the online movement.
Journalists from across the Arab world launched the campaign of solidarity after Amarneh was hit in the eye, apparently with a rubber bullet fired by Israeli forces who had arrived to quell the demonstrations last Friday in Surif.
The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate said it has documented almost 600 Israeli violations against Palestinian journalists this year.
“Palestinian journalists were subjected to Israeli bullets, which have led to the injury of 60 of them seriously,” it said in a statement.