Soldiers harass B’Tselem photographers, 2007-2010

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February 2010

 

Film credit: Volunteers of B’Tselem’s camera distribution project

 

Since B’Tselem’s camera distribution project was launched in 2007, Israeli security services ¬– ignoring the absence of any relevant prohibition – have often prevented B’Tselem staff and the project’s volunteers from filming events in the Occupied Territories. In some cases, cameras have been confiscated and force employed against the photographers. B’Tselem has appealed repeatedly to the authorities on this matter and was informed that filming is legal, even during operational activity. Filming is prohibited only if intended to obtain classified information or if it interferes with military activity. Nevertheless, B’Tselem staff and volunteers filming human rights violations are still being harassed.