What’s It Like To Be A Jewish Israeli Living In Ramallah?
Born in Jerusalem to Holocaust survivors, Amira Hass is the only Jewish Israeli journalist to have lived in the Palestinian territories for an extended period of time. Hass moved to Gaza in 1993 and to Ramallah in 1997. A self-identified leftist, Hass referred to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories as “apartheid” beginning in the early 2000s. “The Palestinians, as a people, are divided into subgroups, something which is reminiscent also of South Africa under apartheid rule,” she was quoted saying in 2005. Hass has earned numerous awards for her work, including the Sokolow Prize, the International Press Institute’s World Press Freedom Hero award, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Women’s Media Foundation, the Reporters Without Borders Prize for Press Freedom, the Bruno Kreisky Human Rights Award and the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. She is also the occupied territories correspondent for Haaretz and has authored books including Drinking the Sea at Gaza: Days and Nights in a Land Under Siege and Reporting From Ramallah: An Israeli Journalist in an Occupied Land. Ahead of several appearances around the Midwest, Hass joins Worldview to discuss her life’s work.