Videographer who filmed execution of Palestinian receives death threats

A Palestinian videographer and human rights worker whose video of the murder of a 21-year old Palestinian by an Israeli soldier has received widespread attention has received a number of death threats, as well as gatherings outside his home of Israeli settlers threatening to harm him, and has been told by the Israeli police and military that they will not protect him or his family from the settlers.

Imad Abu Shamsiya is the deputy coordinator of Human Rights Defenders, a Hebron based group for documenting the violation and harassment carried out by soldiers and settlers in the West Bank. Several hours before the house burning in 2015, he had reported a knife attack by settlers against Palestinians youths in Tel Rumeida.

Meanwhile, in a bizarre defence, two far-right settlers have filed a complaint with Israeli police against Imad Abu Shamsiya. One is a lawyer who defends Jews suspected of vigilante attacks including the killers of the Dawabshe family. The other is founder of the state-funded anti-miscegenation movement Lehava, and has called for churches to be burned.
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