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Gazans reporting Gaza

One Palestinian journalist is reporting about life in Gaza to readers on the other side of the border, in Israel.

Last updated: 17 Aug 2014 10:57
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Not every journalist has to travel far from home to cover the biggest news stories in the world. Sometimes, the news comes to them. Abeer Ayyoub is a Palestinian journalist from Gaza, and her job is to report on life - and death - in Gaza to readers on the other side of the border, in Israel.

It is my mission and my part to tell people in Israel what's going on in Gaza because people there are misled by what they see on their media. They know only what's going on in Israel.

Abeer Ayyoub, a journalist

Israel's media, increasingly influenced by voices from the political right, have little air time or column space for opposition to the Gaza war, which Israelis, according to polls, support in overwhelming numbers.

The Haaretz daily, which publishes Ayyoub's work, is rare among Israeli media outlets in that it gives room to the counter narrative. That is much harder to find in papers like Israel Hayom, Yediot Ahronot and the Jerusalem Post, none of which have correspondents in Gaza.

Embedding with Israeli soldiers, trailing tanks heading into the war zone, are the only legal ways, under Israeli law, for an Israeli journalist to enter Gaza.

However, the army does not take embedded journalists into the schools, hospitals and homes, levelled by Israel's air strikes and artillery. And if those journalists cannot see that side of the story, neither will their audiences.

For anyone watching the global media, it is impossible to ignore the facts; the numbers - the Palestinian civilian casualties, children dying in the hundreds.

Israel's government may be losing control of the media narrative beyond its borders, but by banning all Israelis - including journalists - from going to Gaza, it still effectively controls much of what Israelis see and read in their own media.

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