Caught on tape

Ha’aretz has an article on how B’Tselem’s decision to distribute cameras to Palestinians may end up landing several Jewish settlers in jail for a recent attack on Arab shepherds.

Three months ago, the B’Tselem human rights organization gave Muna al-Nawaja a video camera. Nawaja, 24, lives near the Israeli settlement of Sussya, in the southern West Bank. Between caring for her young son and tending the family’s sheep, she learned to use the camera, fell in love with it and now carries it with her everywhere.

But its “baptism of fire” occurred last week, on Sunday afternoon. Most Israelis were busy preparing for the Shavuot holiday. But some had a different priority: savagely beating Nawaja’s relatives. She managed to capture a few seconds of the beating – in which her 57-year-old aunt was severely injured, and two uncles, age 60 and 33 were hurt – on film. But she never dreamed that it would prove to be the main, and possibly only, evidence available to the police investigating the assault.

B’Tselem has posted video clips from the incident in question.

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