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#MuathEye: A clash between the occupation’s rifles and the eyes opened to its violations

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On Friday, November 15th, photojournalist Muath Amarneh left his home wearing his uniform and blue helmet to cover the demonstrations by residents of the village of Surif, near Hebron, against the Israeli confiscation of their land. By the end of the day, Amarneh himself became the subject of news and press photos. The demonstrators took him from the field to the hospital after the Israeli army inflicted a bloody injury to his left eye.

It may seem that Muath Amarneh lost one of his eyes by the heavy rubber bullet that cost many Palestinians their eyes before him. Still, in the following days, the photojournalist gained the eyes of those supporting him around the world. They posted their pictures with only one eye showing along with the hashtag #Muatheye or #Eyeoftruth.

Such violent behaviour is not new to the occupation, which pursues those capturing journalism photos, but times have changed, and the victims of these violations are no longer alone. The successive Israeli attacks on journalists and photographers in the field reveal that the military occupation system, designed in the last century, has not adapted to the new era yet. Its soldiers find it easy to shoot journalists carrying cameras in an attempt to hide the situation from the world. Still, they are committing these violations in the time of smartphones, social media, and live streaming, which suggest that this occupation is unable to adapt to the........

© Middle East Monitor