RAMALLAH, April 22 (JMCC) - Israel's military escorted journalists to the weekly protest at Nabi Saleh this week, embedding them in the same manner the US army used in Iraq, reports activis
t Abi Kopty.
Kopty also reports that among the journalists was an Israeli who in 1984 was convicted of bombing three Palestinian mayors, maiming two of them.
Embedded foreign and Israeli journalists arrived with military jeeps to Nabi Saleh village’s weekly protest, including Hagai Segal, who was a member of the “Jewish Underground”, a terrorist organization that was active in the 1980s. Two Israeli activists, who attend the weekly protests of Nabi Saleh, recognized Segal and confirmed it was him.
In 1980, Segal took part in a series of car bomb attacks against Palestinian mayors, Bassam Shakaa, the mayor of Nablus lost both of his legs and Karim Khalaf, the mayor of Ramallah, lost one of his legs and Ibrahim Tawil, mayor of Al-Bireh, who was not hit.
In 1984, Segal was convicted by Israeli court for his terrorist activity and sentenced to five years in prison, he was then granted reduction into three years, and then got released in two years (after a third cut of his term). Segal is currently a columnist in the right paper ‘Makor Rishon’ and in Maariv newspaper and website.
The presence of Segal inside the village under the army protection is in itself an inciting action, let alone the army presence. But needless to explain, that if the army has no respect to Palestinian’s lives, why would they have respect to Palestinian feelings or dignity.
The Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh holds weekly demonstrations to protest Israeli settlers' control of a local spring.