Young Gaza reporter wins prestigious journalism award, but probably can’t escape from the Prison of Gaza to receive it

What a nice and refreshing article here.  This young man (only 23 years old) has been reporting from his home in Gaza since the age of 17, shortly before his home was buldozed by Israeli tractors.  His name is Mohammed Omer and he has just won a prestigious journalism prize along with the unmatchable Dahr Jamail, the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Jounalism.  He writes in the NewStatesman:

One day in March 2003, I returned home to the debris of what had been my home, ravaged by Israeli bulldozers. They were making room for Israel’s Iron Wall dividing Gaza from Egypt.

Everything material was destroyed in that demolition. The massive military bulldozers inhaled our two-storey house, swallowed our books, furniture, clothes and all of the everyday objects precious to our family. Two things remained: memory and hope. Memory of the past, and hope for the future.

Most of my brothers have been injured by Israeli forces during invasions. One was killed. Our house sits near the Gaza border. Until 2005, when Israeli troops technically withdrew from Gaza, our neighbours were Israeli tanks and bulldozers. We lived under occupation, and so I went on writing, reaching international newspapers and magazines around the world. To my amazement and dismay, not even local media reported the reality. The international press gave no coverage to daily demolitions and killings in the Strip. Instead, these injustices were met with deaf ears or had blatantly false reports.

My ambition was to get the truth out, not as pro-Palestinian or anti-Israeli, but as an independent voice and witness, posing questions and challenging international understanding. I wanted to give a voice to the silenced dead and to ordinary people still struggling: students, farmers, teachers, children, patients, refugees . . .

Please check out the rest of his article here:

http://www.newstatesman.com/200805220019

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2 Responses to “Young Gaza reporter wins prestigious journalism award, but probably can’t escape from the Prison of Gaza to receive it”


  1. 1 Ghazala Khan May 23, 2008 at 6:41 am

    Interview Request

    Hello Dear and Respected,
    I hope you are fine and carrying on the great work you have been doing for the Internet surfers. I am Ghazala Khan from The Pakistani Spectator (TPS), We at TPS throw a candid look on everything happening in and for Pakistan in the world. We are trying to contribute our humble share in the webosphere. Our aim is to foster peace, progress and harmony with passion.

    We at TPS are carrying out a new series of interviews with the notable passionate bloggers, writers, and webmasters. In that regard, we would like to interview you, if you don’t mind. Please send us your approval for your interview at my email address “ghazala.khi at gmail.com”, so that I could send you the Interview questions. We would be extremely grateful.

    regards.

    Ghazala Khan
    The Pakistani Spectator
    http://www.pakspectator.com

  2. 2 theradicalmormon May 23, 2008 at 6:45 am

    Thanks, but I just gave you an interview a week ago.


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