The Israeli army, the New York Times and Ynet all said or suggested yesterday that the Israeli army was teargassing demonstrators, including Jawaher Abu Rahmah, 36, who was killed, because of demonstrator violence; and the outlets were all quickly discredited by people on the scene on twitter--and in this wrapup by Alex Kane. What follows are a series of tweets from yesterday's Bil'in demonstration from Israeli-Canadian journalist Lisa Goldman. Mixed in are some tweets from Alex Kane, Joseph Dana (ibnezra), Noam Sheizaf and Aarondover. (Go to Goldman's twitter feed to get a real feel for what the teargas experience was like.)
Bulleted tweets are Goldman's:
- First round of tear gas
- I fucking hate tear gas.
- @AmiKaufman I'm staying pretty far back today. Army's actng like a bunch of behemot.
- 8 year old kids gagging on year gas. What a disgrace.
- am 200 meters from the fence and still can't get away from the gas.
- Re @idfspokesperson 's tweets. Guys, don't you feel like shit when you lie like that? Seriously! Get someone to report from the scene.
Lisa Goldman: @aarondover I guess just gassing civilians - kids, old people - who are demonstrating for their civil rights, is wrong.
Wow, I hope you read that one. Here's Goldman again: Ynet reporter slurs non-violent movement. link to bit.ly
nsheizaf IFD spokesperson lies: tear gas was fired in Bil'in yesterday before protest came even close to the fence. I have seen it myself
[Here's an excerpt of the Times account by Isabel Kershner: "The Palestinians say the protests are meant to be nonviolent, but they inevitably end in clashes, with young Palestinians hurling stones and the Israeli security forces firing tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets."]
Goldman again: @alexbkane That's because NYT did not have a reporter on the scene.
ibnezra We must call this what it is: murder. The israeli army has murdered a nonviolent demonstrator in bilin