On 16 May 2012, media professionals organized
an activity in front of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) head
office in solidarity with Mohammed Othman, a cameraman. This activity marks the
first anniversary of the incident in which Othman was wounded by the Israeli
occupation forces near Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing in the north of the Gaza Strip.
Mohammed al-Alami, a PCHR lawyer, talked in the
activity and explained that PCHR has been following up the case of Othman with
Israeli authorities since Othman’s injury. Al-Alami noted that PCHR filed a
complaint to Israeli authorities to open a criminal investigation into the
incident, bring perpetrators before justice and compensate Othman. He said that
this case is still being followed up by PCHR Legal Unit.
Mahmoud al-Efranji, a PCHR researcher, talked
about PCHR’s role in documenting Israeli violations against Palestinian media
workers and in publishing these violations in periodical reports.
It should be noted that Othman was wounded on
15 May 2011 while covering activities held on the 63rd anniversary of the
Palestinian Nakba (the uprooting of the Palestinian people from their lands in
1948) near Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing.
Othman is still receiving medical treatment abroad.