First up, the case of Mohammed Omer. This Palestinian journalist writes for the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, and was going home to Gaza last week after accepting the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism (which he shared with Dahr Jamail). He was strip-searched at gun-point and physically abused by Israeli security officials at the Allenby Border crossing as he tried to enter the West Bank from Jordan. You can read details about his experience here. You can sign a petition protesting Israel's treatment of journalists here. Omer is presently hospitalized in Gaza with cracked ribs and other injuries.
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