Which version is true? The NRK? Who does a copy and paste job from Reuters? Or… the IDF? Just to get the records straight, the Reuters has been forced to withdraw and apologize for doctored pictures, wrong information, and several other faux-pas all over the world, while the NRK has been felled more times than any other Norwegian news outlet by the Norwegian Press Complaints Commission… Below is the NTB/NRK version of the latest scuffle between the IDF and EU “diplomats”, a fairly one sided story and with no image of furious feather spitting French “diplomat”, which provides and easy compare and contrast with the version presented in Israeli media. lifted from NRK.no (bad google translate)
Soldiers Attack EU diplomats Armed Israeli soldiers attacked EU diplomats who had medication and emergency equipment stocked in several trucks. Israeli soldiers attacked EU diplomats Israeli soldiers attacked European diplomats and confiscated a truck with tents and emergency aid which diplomats tried to give to the Palestinians whose homes had been demolished this week. by Journalist Farid Ighoubah Published 20/09/2013 , at. Updated 9/20/2013 7:49 p.m. , at. 8:49 p.m. A reporter from Reuters witnessed Israeli soldiers threw shock grenades at a group of diplomats , aid workers and local residents in the occupied West Bank Friday. Then a French diplomat pulled out of the cab of a truck before soldiers drove the truck away . – They forced me to the ground without regard to my diplomatic immunity, saying the French diplomat Marion Castaing . – This is how International Law is respected here , she added , covered in dust. The village of Khirbet al- Makhula was home to some 120 Palestinians . The Israeli army demolished the temporary dwellings there Monday after Israel’s Supreme Court declared that they had no building permit. The residents have refused to leave the place and point out that the families have lived there for generations with their flocks . An Israeli military spokeswoman said the Palestinians and foreign activists had forcefully resisted orders to leave, and that the soldiers were just trying to uphold the court’s decision. – Reports that foreign diplomats have abused their immunity is reviewed and , if necessary, will be reported to the relevant authorities , she continued . Israeli soldiers prevented Tuesday the Red Cross to deliver aid to Palestinians same place . Diplomats from France , UK, Spain, Ireland, Australia and EU political office was met on Friday with more supplies. Once they were arrived , they were met by about twelve Israeli soldiers who refused to unload the truck.
EU diplomats say IDF manhandled them in West Bank, violated humanitarian lawBy JPOST.COM STAFF, REUTERS09/20/2013 19:07
IDF stops Palestinians from rebuilding razed West Bank village of Khirbet Al-Makhul, demolished earlier this week.
IDF soldiers detain Palestinian in Jordan Valley, September 20, 2013Photo: REUTERS
IDF soldiers clashed with Palestinians and foreign activists attempting to raise a makeshift tent encampment near Hamdat in the northern Jordan Valley in the West Bank on Friday. The IDF called the incident a “disturbance of the peace,” and a provocation,” while European diplomats said they were “manhandled” and illegally prevented from delivering humanitarian aid to Palestinians by the IDF. Homes in the Palestinian Beduin community of Khirbet Al-Makhul were originally demolished earlier this week after the High Court of Justice ruled that they did not have proper building permits. The IDF prevented activists from putting up new tents on Friday and confiscated equipment used to raise the makeshift settlement. The IDF spokesman’s office said that security forces encountered rock throwing and used riot dispersal methods in handling the incident. Three Palestinians were arrested and the area was declared a closed military zone. A Reuters reporter saw soldiers throw sound grenades at a group of diplomats, aid workers and locals, and yank a French diplomat out of the truck before driving away with its contents. “They dragged me out of the truck and forced me to the ground with no regard for my diplomatic immunity,” French diplomat Marion Castaing said. “This is how international law is being respected here,” she said, covered with dust. The IDF stated that “reports that foreign diplomats abused their diplomatic privileges are currently being reviewed, and if required, complaints will be filed with the relevant authorities.” Locals said Khirbet Al-Makhul was home to about 120 people. The army demolished their ramshackle houses, stables and a kindergarten on Monday after the High Court ruling. Despite losing their property, the inhabitants have refused to leave the land, where, they say, their families have lived for generations along with their flocks of sheep. A spokesman at the British Consulate General in Jerusalem said London was “seriously concerned” by the Makhul demolitions and by the subsequent refusal to let villagers receive aid. IDF soldiers stopped the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delivering emergency aid on Tuesday and on Wednesday. IRCS staff managed to put up some tents but the army forced them to take the shelters down. Diplomats from France, Britain, Spain, Ireland, Australia and the European Union’s political office, turned up on Friday with more supplies. As soon as they arrived, about a dozen IDF jeeps converged on them, and soldiers told them not to unload their truck. “It’s shocking and outrageous. We will report these actions to our governments,” said one EU diplomat, who declined to be named because he did not have authorization to talk to the media. “(Our presence here) is a clear matter of international humanitarian law. By the Geneva Convention, an occupying power needs to see to the needs of people under occupation. These people aren’t being protected,” he said. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement that Makhul was the third Beduin community to be demolished by the Israelis in the West Bank and adjacent Jerusalem municipality since August. Palestinians have accused the Israeli authorities of progressively taking their historical grazing lands, either earmarking it for military use or handing it over to the Israelis whose settlements dot the West Bank. Israelis and Palestinians resumed direct peace talks last month after a three-year hiatus. Palestinian officials have expressed serious doubts about the prospects of a breakthrough. “What the Israelis are doing is not helpful to the negotiations. Under any circumstances, talks or not, they’re obligated to respect international law,” the unnamed EU diplomat said.
I must say I delighted to note that on this occasion, the Israeli MFA were unimpressed by European complaints, but gave them a warning to not continue their dangerous games, and might even declare the French “diplomat” a persona non grata. Finally somebody with balls of steel. Come to think of it, more likely a woman.
Israel shot back at the EU Sunday for what it called a one-sided condemnation of the IDF following an incident that saw the Israeli military seize a truck being delivered to Palestinians during a scuffle that involved foreign activists and at least one European diplomat.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry released a statement saying a demand from the European Union for answers over the incident a day earlier ”ignores the European diplomats’ blunt violation of the law, their disregard of a ruling of the Israeli court and their unnecessary provocation under the alleged pretext of humanitarian aid,” adding that “the European diplomats and their governments owe an explanation to [sic] this blatant violation of diplomatic codes of conduct.”
The communique followed comments by the spokespersons for EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton and Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva, who said “the EU deplores the confiscation of humanitarian assistance carried out by Israeli security forces yesterday in Khirbet al-Makhul. EU representatives have already contacted the Israeli authorities to demand an explanation and expressed their concern at the incident.”
Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ilana Stein said Jerusalem rejected the “one-sided announcement.”
According to the IDF, the altercation took place in Khirbet al-Makhul in the West Bank, when Palestinians at the scene began hurling stones and beating the Israeli security forces that arrived in the area. Soldiers used crowd-control measures to break up the melee and three Palestinians were arrested.
Among those at the scene was French diplomat Marion Fesneau-Castaing, who, according to a Reuters report, was pulled out of a truck by soldiers, who then drove away with its contents. A video from the scene showed Fesneau-Castaing lying on the ground, and then pushing an IDF soldier after being helped up.
The EU said the truck was filled with emergency aid for the Palestinians, whose homes had recently been demolished by court order after it was determined they were sitting on an IDF training ground. The Israeli military said the truck was filled with building materials to construct new illegal homes.
Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Paul Hirschson said a formal complaint might be filed with the French over the diplomat’s involvement. “If she did participate, then a formal complaint will be filed — because that is not the way diplomats behave,” he said.
The French Embassy declined to comment to The Associated Press.
Yoel Goldman and Joshua Davidovich contributed to this report.
Although the Brits behave in an equally unprofessional and disgraceful manner under the bumbling leadership of Cameron/Hague, I still think the Simpsons writer Ken Keeler hit the nail fairly accurately on its head when he coined the famous term about les French; Cheese-eating surrender monkeys!
Send the wench back to diplomat school (or primary school) to learn about graceful behavior. And she can take the Norwegian journalist along for some badly needed updating on checking all the facts. It simply wont wash this time to make derogatory remarks about that shitty little country.
Maybe we should have Israeli diplomats drive in to towns and squares where the Roma people have been forcefully banished by the French, the Brits, the Norwegians, the Austrians, etc, and start to distribute so called humanitarian aid?