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Friday, July 11, 2008

Gideon Levy, "'Why did they treat me like that?'" Ha'aretz, July 7, 2008

Reprinted inTOI-Billboard, ezine of The Other Israel and Occupation Magazine via Miftah.

Home demolitions in Rafah. Bulldozers erase densely populated areas, to make room for the new "iron wall". The families lose everything.

He has already seen everything. At 24, he has already been documenting the horrors of his city, Rafah, for six years. He photographs and writes, seeking to be a voice for those who are voiceless, as he puts it. On his Web site Rafah Today ( - like that of USA Today or Israel Today, only from Rafah - he paints a picture for readers around the world of the horrors of his city, the most afflicted of all cities in the anguished Gaza Strip, in strong and shocking colors. You will see there demolished houses and crushed bodies, tanks shelling people's homes and lost children. He also writes for various publications abroad, including The Washington Report, several papers in Europe and, primarily, in Scandinavia, as well as for the Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency.

He has already seen everything, including the demolition of his own family's home and the death of his young brother who was killed by seven bullets that pierced his body. Now he has suffered a breakdown. It wasn't the destruction or the killing, but the relatively slight humiliation he experienced last week on the Allenby Bridge, when returning from a speaking tour in several European capitals, including London, where he was awarded the 2008 Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism, that broke him both mentally and physically.

Maybe it's so hard for me because I'm a person who is familiar with basic human rights.

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