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Mazen Dana


Sean Noonan • August 18, 2003

Mazen Dana worked for 14 years as a journalist for Reuters, in Palestine and throughout the Middle East. Mazen did most of his work in his hometown of Hebron and in other cities in the occupied West Bank. While working as a journalist in Palestine Mazen was the target of Israeli violence on literally scores of occasions. Mazen was:

* Shot by Israeli soldiers firing M-16s on three occasions.

* Shot by Israeli soldiers firing plastic bullets in more than twenty incidents

* Beaten by Israelis settlers and soldiers on numerous of occasions

* Had his ankles, both legs, both hands, several ribs and skull fractured in these attacks

* Arrested over 70 times

* Detained without charge or conviction ranging from 1 day to several months

In 2001 Mazen was recognized for his unrelenting commitment to exposing the truth of Israeli occupation when the Committee to Project Journalists gave him the International Press Freedom Award.

Since May of 2003 Mazen and his longtime colleague from Hebron, Nael al-Shyoukhi, had traveled to Iraq and reported on the U.S. military occupation of that country a number of times.

On August 17th after several face-to-face verbal exchanges with U.S. troops where Dana and Shyoukhi received permission to tape the U.S. run prison camp, a tank mounted machine gunner opened fire on Dana, puncturing his torso with multiple large caliber high velocity rounds. Mazen Dana bled to death a few minutes later.

The initial U.S. army claim was that Dana was mistaken for an Iraqi holding a rocket propelled grenade launcher. However, once other journalists on the scene quickly pointed out that Dana had just talked with U.S. soldiers only moments before his death, the official Army spokesperson quickly withdrew this story and now will only say that an investigation is underway. Clearly, the killing of Mazen Dana is a message sent to all journalists covering the U.S. occupation of Iraq. Any investigation or media coverage of the cold reality of occupation is being curbed by the possibility of assassination by the U.S. army. So far, USUK occupation forces have killed 17 journalists working in Iraq.

Paul Holmes, former Reuters bureau chief in Jerusalem, recalled: "a towering, chain-smoking bear of a man with a ruddy complexion and expansive heart. The amazing thing about Mazen was he was like the king of Hebron. Every journalist in the city looked up to him and any journalist who covered the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will know and love Mazen." Mazen leaves behind his wife Suzanne, four children and the entire Dana clan of Hebron, occupied Palestine.










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