For those who are home, and for those who are on the way. For those who support the historic and just return of the land of Israel to its people, forever loyal to their inheritance, and its restoration.
Monday, July 2, 2012
Benson - Where’s Reuters On Its Own Photographer’s Brutal Beating?
02 July '12..
A Ramallah protest got ugly yesterday when PA police started cracking skulls — including reporters. Maan News reports that several reporters were beaten up, had their cameras confiscated or destroyed, and that two journalists were even taken into custody.
One of the journalists beaten was Saed Hawari, a Reuters cameraman. Although the Washington Post picked up on the story, it’s strange that I haven’t seen Reuters mention the attack on their own photographer. Unless I missed something, the radio silence is a tremendous disservice — both to readers, and to Reuters itself.
Readers deserve to know the context that reporters work in. That’s a necessary degree of transparency which helps readers judge what’s happening in the world. An extreme case in point: Dutch reporters bailing out of a Gaza flotilla over untenable restrictions.
And the wire service’s Palestinian staff needs to know Reuters has their back covered. Push came to shove (literally) and stringers got radio silence. How will the news agency’s Palestinian staff look forward to the next protest?
I visited Hevron in November 2000 after the outbreak of the Rosh Hashanah War to see what could be done to assist in the face of the growing daily attacks on the community. After returning to work for the community in the summer of 2001, a bond and a love was forged that grows to this day. My wife Melody and I merited to be married at Ma'arat HaMachpela and now host visitors from throughout the world every Shabbat as well as during the week. Our goal, "Time to come Home!"