Protester's death sparks new clashes
Donald Macintyre writes political sketches for The Independent, having been Jerusalem correspondent since 2004, covering Israel and the Occupied Territories, as well as travelling for the paper to Iraq, Turkey, Jordan, Libya and Egypt. As Political Editor and then Chief Political Commentator, he previously covered the John Major and early Tony Blair era. He has written for the Daily Express, Sunday Times, Times and Sunday Telegraph, and Sunday Correspondent. He is the author of Mandelson and the Making of New Labour (2000).
Monday 12 December 2011
Three people were injured and six arrested yesterday in clashes
between protesters and Israeli troops after the funeral of a
Palestinian demonstrator killed on Friday.
Mustafa Tamimi, 28, was fatally wounded as he threw stones at an armoured military jeep during a protest by residents of the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. A soldier opened the back of the jeep to shoot a tear gas canister at Mr Tamimi in what appeared to be a breach of military regulations prohibiting such direct fire.
The death, now being investigated by military police, came during a weekly protest against the expropriation of villagers' land and a local spring by Jewish settlers.
Haim Schwartzenburg, an Israeli activist who photographed the incident, said: "From what I saw, there is no chance that the soldier had not seen him. After he was hit, the jeep took off without stopping."
The military declined to comment last night on a derogatory tweet – condemned by protest organisers – from its Central Command spokesman Major Peter Lerner asking: "What was Mustafa thinking, running after a moving jeep while throwing stones #fail?" The "#fail" tag is used to denote severe stupidity.
The military said it used "riot dispersal means" to contain "violent and illegal riots" in the West Bank, adding that it "cannot comment on regulations regarding their usage".
Sally Farmiloe dead: Howards' Way actress, and former mistress of Jeffrey Archer, dies aged 60
Russell Brand accuses FOX News anchor Sean Hannity of terrorism after aggressive Israel-Gaza debate
Pope Francis issues top 10 tips for happiness – including don’t try to convert other people
Sabina Altynbekova, the girl branded 'too good looking' for volleyball, says social media obsession with her is a 'bit much'
Justin Bieber posts Instagram photo of Orlando Bloom crying after Ibiza fight 'over Miranda Kerr'
- 1 Russell Brand accuses FOX News anchor Sean Hannity of terrorism after aggressive Israel-Gaza debate
- 2 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 3 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 4 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire
- 5 'Hello mum, this is going to be hard for you to read ...'
- < Previous
- Next >
£35000 - £40000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: .Mid Level V...
£40000 - £45000 per annum + Competitive Benefits: Progressive Recruitment: Dig...
£40000 - £50000 per annum + Car, Medical, Fuel + More!: Progressive Recruitmen...
£50000 - £60000 per annum + benefits: Progressive Recruitment: An absolutely o...