Not seen in any Norwegian news outlet

Lifted from Timesofisrael.com

Palestinian youth killed in West Bank explosion

Israeli troops find teen’s body while on patrol near Hebron. Army checking whether grenade detonated in his hands

 September 22, 2015, 3:22 am 39

A view of the South Hebron Hills in the West Bank (Photo credit: Hadas Parush/Flash 90)

A view of the South Hebron Hills in the West Bank (Photo credit: Hadas Parush/Flash 90)

According to initial media reports, IDF troops arrived at a road in the South Hebron Hills to investigate reports that rocks had been placed on the motorway, blocking it.

The patrol then heard an explosion nearby and soon found the youth’s body.

Officials told Walla news they were checking whether the teenager had attempted to hurl a grenade or other explosive at the soldiers when it detonated in his hands.

Walla further reported that a large contingent of security forces was sent to the scene of the incident to help investigate and prevent any riots or disorder.

The incident came following days of unrest in and around Jerusalem’s Temple Mount which have raised tensions in the region.

Israel said Monday thousands of police would be deployed in the capital ahead of the Yom Kippur and Eid al-Adha holidays.

Authorities also said 66 people had been arrested in Jerusalem over the past week, including some detained in connection with the unrest at al-Aqsa Mosque, which saw Israeli police clash several times with rioters.

Yom Kippur begins on Tuesday night and lasts until Wednesday evening, with thousands of Jews expected to visit the Western Wall below the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City, called Haram al-Sharif or the al-Aqsa compound by Muslims.

The Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday begins on Wednesday evening and continues until Sunday.

Last week’s clashes occurred during the Jewish New Year, or Rosh Hashanah.

Police said they raided the Temple Mount to stop youths who had barricaded themselves inside the mosque from disrupting visits by Jews and tourists. They found pipe bombs and other weaponry.

Clashes broke out during the raids, with protesters throwing fireworks, stones and other objects at police, who fired stun grenades.

There were also clashes in the alleyways of the Old City outside the compound. Friday saw further unrest in the West Bank and sporadically in Jerusalem.

AFP contributed to this report.

 

But interestingly, they did  find time to report about this shameful incident (NRK.no story). (Story below also lifted from timesofisrael.com)

Commander of troops seen attacking foreign journalists removed from post

IDF says West Bank incident considered ‘grave’ and ‘in contravention of code of ethics and professional standards’; probe ongoing

 September 26, 2015, 11:50 pm 30

A still image taken from footage shot in the West Bank on September 25, 2015 apparently shows an IDF soldier hurling a camera belonging to AFP reporters to the ground. (screen capture: YouTube)

A still image taken from footage shot in the West Bank on September 25, 2015 apparently shows an IDF soldier hurling a camera belonging to AFP reporters to the ground. (screen capture: YouTube)

The commander of the Israel Defense Force troops seen assaulting two reporters from a foreign news agency on Friday in the West Bank was removed from his post, the military said late Saturday.

The IDF said earlier that it had launched a probe into the incident in which two AFP journalists were attacked by troops — an attack partly caught on camera — and that disciplinary measures would be taken.

“The preliminary review of the occurrences in Beit Furik revealed that the officer in charge did not conduct himself in accordance to professional expectations. Following the review, the commander was suspended from operational duty.,” the IDF said in a statement.

“The IDF considers the incident grave, and in contravention of its code of ethics and professional standards,” the statement read, adding that the investigation was ongoing.

According to AFP, IDF soldiers seized and destroyed equipment belonging to two of its journalists near Nablus on Friday, and a video journalist with the agency, Italian Andrea Bernardi, was thrown to the ground and jabbed in the side with a weapon. The agency said Bernardi was held down on the ground by a soldier, one knee on his chest, until he managed to show his press card. Bernardi suffered bruised ribs and a facial injury.

AFP said the soldiers pointed their weapons at Bernardi and his colleague, Palestinian photographer Abbas Momani. They also allegedly smashed a video camera and a camera for photographs and took away another camera and a mobile phone. Some of the incident is caught on the video.

At the time both journalists were wearing body armor clearly marked “Press,” AFP said.

After the AFP complaint, the army said that “from the initial investigation it appears that the force did not operate as is expected of them, and [was] in contravention of regulations.”

After the incident on Friday, Army spokesman Colonel Peter Lerner told the agency that the highest levels of command are aware of the incident, including the head of IDF troops in the West Bank.

Earlier Saturday, the Foreign Press Association condemned “in the strongest possible terms” the “deplorable” behavior of Israeli army troops who it said assaulted the two journalists.

The Foreign Press Association (FPA), which works with foreign journalists based in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, said that while it welcomed the IDF probe, “our concern is that had this not been caught on camera, nothing would be done.”

In the statement, the association said the assault caused several thousand dollars worth of damage.

“Units of the IDF too frequently act with impunity and apparently outside of their orders in direct contradiction with the ideal of high morals Israel’s military says it adheres to. The Foreign Press Association has raised its concerns with the IDF on multiple occasions but seen no discernible change in behavior,” the FPA said.

“It is time for the IDF command to act, to show it respects the freedom of the press and that it has control over the behavior of soldiers on the ground,” it added.

 

The two journalists had been covering clashes between Palestinians and soldiers when some troops took them aside, swore at them in English and told them to stop recording events, AFP said.

Friday’s clashes between Palestinians and troops at Beit Furik came after the funeral of Ahmed Khatatbeh, 26, who died of his wounds after being shot by soldiers near Nablus in the northern West Bank. The army said he and another man had thrown a firebomb at a vehicle on a road to the settlement of Itamar.

Why is it that the Norwegian press is so very reluctant to report violence instigated by Palestinians, while they run on their little feet to publish every wrongdoing by Israel. By the way, also in that respect they are highly selective, in as much as they have omitted the fact that the commander in question has been dismissed and is being investigated.

 

9 comments for “Not seen in any Norwegian news outlet

  1. Eric R.
    September 27, 2015 at 6:17 am

    McG:

    A general question – not directly related to this post, but to your blog in general:

    Given the anti-Semitism in Norway, do you have any idea how much (what percentage) of Norway’s small Jewish community has left the country in the past 15 years?

    And would you know the same for Sweden and Denmark?

  2. September 27, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Honestly, I haven’t got a clue. Not very many I think. But Israelis who have married Norwegians tend to feel enough is enough and pull up camp and return home. Some young Norwegian move to bigger European cities for work, but I dont think they are driven by any other concerns than the majority population and simply look for a better opportunity for work, studies. But perhaps some of the Norwegian jews who have left Norway for another major European city, do feel that they have just as much of rich heritage to delve into in their foreign destinations and therefore feel that they can experience more of their international Jewishness? This is of course only wild guessing… I anyway encourage anybody so inclined to make aliyah. Not a straight path to effortless living, but people really appreciate the effort, courage and idealism that comes with making this giant leap of faith. You should come over…

  3. Herbie
    September 27, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    I thought this held some promise http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=15764

  4. motti
    September 28, 2015 at 1:40 am

    According to report that I read, the number of assaults against Jews in Europe since Hebdo etc has fallen. Of course the Muslims still complain of Islamophobia, while thousands of them continue to pour into Europe. The vast majority are economic migrants.

    Britain is blessed with a new socialist , actually he is a renowned Marxist as the new Labour Party leader named Jeremy Corbin. He was totally backed by the unions. At the recent conference, he is wildly popular with the etxreme left especially the Stop the War movement. The unions went against him though when it came to ridding the UK of of its nuclear facilities. Guess why? Because it is one of the largest employers in defence and thousands could be thrown out of work

    I have said that if the Labour Party is ever elected with this Israel/Zionist hating Marxist moron, the lights will be switched off!!!

  5. Eric R.
    September 28, 2015 at 2:55 am

    Herb,

    As you know, we (Motti and I vs. you) seem to have a running dispute over breaking diplomatic relations with Norway (or other anti-Semitic nations). So that we end the bickering once and for all, could you address the following questions…

    May I ask when you deem it appropriate for Israel to:

    (a) Break diplomatic relations?

    (b) Recall an Ambassador?

    (c) Declare an envoy to Israel persona non grata?

    (d) Expel NGO workers?

    (e) Expel journalists (non-Israeli)?

    For example, when the EU announces (as it will soon) the labeling law for J & S (note they have no similar laws for Northern Cyprus, Tibet or Western Sahara), does that merit at least step (a)?

    If a European nation bans brit mila (as Sweden might do), does it merit a retaliatory step?

    If a nation bans import of kosher meat (several ban its production in Europe, but Switzerland came close to banning even the import of it), what type of retaliation does that merit?

    Thanks.

  6. Eric R.
    September 28, 2015 at 2:57 am

    McG:

    One other question — do you know whatever happened to the co-blogger that quit this site after the Brevik massacre?

  7. Eric R.
    September 28, 2015 at 9:18 am

    McG:

    This merits its own thread…

    Nordic Nazis of Norway (like that alliteration?) strike again.

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4704689,00.html

  8. September 28, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    Not a clue… I must admit… that when work piles up and adjusting to Israeli life zaps my energies, I dearly wish I had somebody to share blogging with…

  9. Herbie
    September 29, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Eric those are fair Q’s but they are too fact intensive for a blog in my view. Here is my view: it does not serve Israel well to isolate itself by breaking relations, The other categories you mention are much more likely candidates for implementation in my view.

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