The Foreign Press Association in Israel issued a statement on June 3, stating that it is "essential" for the military to take journalists' presence into account and coordinate movement whenever possible especially in dangerous situations.
"We reject any suggestion that journalists should not be present in combat areas as this negates our vital mission as witnesses to the important events of our time," the FPA statement reads.
Board member of the Foreign Press Association, Connie Mus, told ABC News that the FPA supports the protest in Gaza today and will continue to press the IDF for the findings of the Fadel Shana investigation. "It is shameful that the IDF is keeping silent," he said.
"No foreign journalist is demanding any guarantee for any fighting party here — including the IDF — to guarantee our safety," Mus said. "But certain international rules have to be taken into account. So far I don't see the IDF doing that."
Mus said that most journalists observe caution and are clearly identified as press, especially when in Gaza.
"With all the modern technology, they [the IDF] know very well who we are, what we are, and where we are," Mus said.
"The minimum we ask them is to take that into account when they start shooting around."