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Israeli Newspaper Won’t Turn Over Shooting Pictures

August 15, 1995

JERUSALEM (AP) _ An Israeli newspaper refused today to give police its film from a deadly clash between Jewish settlers and Palestinians in the West Bank.

Kheiri al-Qaissi, 22, was shot and killed Sunday in a confrontation with settlers.

Police arrested a settler Monday after newspaper photographs showed him with an M-16 automatic rifle taking direct aim as Palestinian demonstrators ransacked a settler camp on a West Bank hilltop.

Mibi Mozer, legal adviser to the Yediot Ahronot daily newspaper, said the paper would not turn over its unpublished negatives to police.

``The lives of photographers are hard enough these days,″ he told Israel radio. ``You cannot turn photographers into police sources.″

Mozer said turning over the negatives would damage the photographer’s ability to work. ``He is not a police informant,″ Mozer said. ``We will try to convince the court not to force us to do this.″

The Reuters news agency complied with a court order to turn over its film of the incident to police, chief photographer Jim Hollander said.

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