During Israel’s November attacks on the Gaza Strip, the Real News Network reporter in the video, Yousef Al-Helou, told Ceasefire Magazine’s Alessandra Bajec:
Tuesday’s attacks killing the three journalists were a direct attempt to silence the truth, to prevent those cameramen from reporting the atrocities committed by Israel. Attacking the media is not something new to us in Gaza. We have lost numerous colleagues during the 2008-2009 war. Even in ‘quiet times’, cameramen have been killed in Israeli tanks shelling while they were filming.
These attacks are aimed at scaring journalists, for example we are now afraid to report from the border areas. But believe me, at the same time, we are even more determined to continue our mission to expose these crimes. Before being journalists, we are humans. When you see small bodies of children torn into pieces or burnt to death, we have a responsibility to report what’s happening.
Please sign petitions condemning the Newseum’s exclusion of journalists in deference to the protests of their killers. Members of Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) at George Mason University have posted one; the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee has another. Also feel free to tell the Newseum what you think of its cowardice directly.
And if you’re anywhere near Washington, DC, please consider joining a protest, again organized by SAIA members, outside the Newseum on Saturday.