Reuters Cameraman Caught Staging Photos of Rock Throwers
A Palestinian Arab cameraman for the Reuters news service has been ordered to stay in prison until trial for encouraging and directing rioters to throw rocks at Israeli vehicles. (Hat tip: LGF readers.)
On Tuesday, a Reuters cameraman was remanded to prison until trial for his part in rock-throwing attacks on security forces in Bil’in, where the separation fence is a constant target of protesters.
The cameraman, Imad Muhammad Intisar Boghnat, was arrested and charged as a result of violent riots in the Arab village of Bil’in, in the Modi’in region, on October 6, 2006. A videotape that the prosecution presented to the judge shows Boghnat encouraging and directing rioters in Bil’in to throw large chunks of rock at Israeli vehicles in such a way as to cause maximum damage. The accused is heard shouting, “Throw, throw!” and later, “Throw towards the little window!”
The judge of the Judea-area military court who issued the remand order, Major Amir Dahan, called the case “borderline” for pre-trial imprisonment, but he noted that the alternative of house arrest was not wise, as Boghnat is a resident of Bil’in.
“That village is a constant source of conflict and the respondent [Boghnat] should not again be placed in such a dilemma, lest he again, Heaven forbid, disgrace himself,” the judge wrote in his decision. In addition, Maj. Dahan emphasized that “above all, the accused must be cut off from camera work in tense and sensitive locales where disturbances take place.” Security forces must also have easy access to Boghnat, the judge said.
Suggesting a possible explanation for Boghnat’s behavior, Maj. Dahan wrote that the criminal act in question may have been perpetrated “out of the desire to mollify the villagers who know him, rather than acting as he normally does, as has been preliminarily proven, as a purely objective cameraman.”
UPDATE at 10/17/06 1:41:51 pm:
Emad Mohammad Bornat (note different spelling) is a good friend of the International Solidarity Movement and a cause célèbre of the morlocks at Nazimedia: Help Needed to release Bil’in photographer : LA IMC.