Video: IDF filmed aiming tear gas at Al-Jazeera reporter in Bil’in

September 5, 2009
Richard Kuper

Video footage that aired Friday shows an Al-Jazeera reporter covering an anti-separation fence rally in the West Bank dodging a tear gas grenade fired by Israel Defense Forces troops.

Jacky Rowland was reporting Friday from the West Bank village of Bil’in, explaining to viewers about the separation fence and the weekly protests that take place there, when Israeli troops began firing tear gas at the protesters and then directly at her.

The footage shows Rowland, wearing a helmet, exclaiming “We’re under attack!” as a tear gas grenade flies past her.

She continues reporting, telling viewers that the Israeli soldiers are “obviously trying to take us off the air.”

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