Tazpit’s photographer attacked, camera broken, during a violent event near Sussya
Last week, on January 6th, Six Israeli shepherds from Sussya were violently attacked by Arabs as their flocks were grazing. The shepherds were attacked with metal poles and rocks by a group of some 20 Arabs who were accompanied by anarchists from Germany. The incident appears to be a planned provocation. One of Tazpit’s photographers, Avidan, was on site at the time. He told Tazpit News Agency that the attackers began plowing the grazing grounds, and when they were asked to stop they physically attacked the shepherds.
Three of the shepherds were moderately wounded; one suffered a concussion; another had his jaw and several teeth broken. They were evacuated by MDA to a Jerusalem hospital. Only days later they were released from the hospital. IDF forces arrived on the scene and arrested several of the attackers.
The shepherds are attacked on a regular basis and carry with them cameras to document these assaults. During this incident they were able to film the attack, but the camera was broken during the violent event. The materials were obtainable and we were approached by the police to share with them the documentation for legal use. The police are using the footage in the prosecution of the attackers.
This event demonstrates again the necessity of our cameras and their presence at every possible site. The cameras literally help fight terrorism.
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