Brigades apologize to photojournalist

The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade admits it attacked a Palestinian photographer employed by AFP and the PA’s daily paper, Al-Ayam. Last April, Jamal Arouri’s arms were broken by three masked men; at the time, nobody claimed responsibility or offered a reason why Arouri was targeted. The photographer agreed not to press charges after receiving a written apology from his attackers, but the Jerusalem Post reports that Yasser Arafat personally intervened to mediate the dispute, possibly because Arouri’s attackers are also wanted by Israel. We haven’t noticed any coverage of this from AFP or anywhere else.