Saturday, August 24, 2002

This article in Haaretz looks at the circumstances surrounding the death of Italian photojournalist Raffaele Ciriello and the IDF's response. The only foreign journalist to have been killed in Israel, Ciriello was shot in Ramallah during Operation Defensive Shield.

Cirello went for a walk with 2 colleagues near Ramallah's central Manara Square where "armed Palestinians" were walking around. Upon seeing an Israeli tank (in proximity to the "armed Palestinians"), they tried to take cover. Cirello then stepped out to take pictures of the tank, but he was not wearing a flak jacket or "Press" identification and was shot - apparently from the IDF tank.

Various journalists and Italian officials are upset with the IDF's standoffishness - which does not seem unreasonable, in view of the Haaretz article. But from some of the remarks it sounds like journalists expect to just be able to show up in a war zone and have everyone watch out for them. Some are demanding to speak to the soldiers who were in the area at the time.

Interestingly, Ciriello's website (entitled "Postcards from Hell") seems to have no material on his work in the West Bank. Nor does it have the photo of Cirelllo linking arms with Arafat that appeared in Haaretz.

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