Candid reporting

If you want to correctly interpret the news, stop assuming that the mainstream media know it all; pay attention instead to voices speaking quietly over in the corner. Read, for example, people like Amira Hass, a Jewish reporter who covers the West Bank and Gaza for Ha’aretz, a Jerusalem newspaper. The story of how she became the Palestinian correspondent for Ha’aretz is described in her book Drinking the Sea at Gaza: Days and Nights in a Land under Siege, which records her three years as a journalist living in Gaza from 1993 to 1996.

“I became the paper’s correspondent in the [Gaza] Strip, covering the last few months of direct Israeli occupation and the transfer of authority. I decided to make my home in Gaza, at first moving from one friend’s house to another’s until I rented an apartment in Gaza City.” This is an unusual step for a Jewish woman.

 

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