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Between the Lines
Witness follows the only Israeli reporter living in the Palestinian territories.
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2008 16:09 GMT

Amira Hass interviewing Palestinians
Director: Yifat Kedar

Amira Hass is a reporter for the daily Haaretz newspaper in Israel. She is the only Israeli journalist to have lived in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, where she has doggedly reported on events from the Palestinian perspective of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. To this day she continues to live in Ramallah, the headquarters of the Palestinian Authority.

Amira is an obsessed journalist. She is a pursuer of justice, a rebel and an only child of a mother who survived the holocaust.

Filming for this documentary first started back in 1999, amid a mood of optimism in Israel that a peace settlement was close at hand. But Amira goes against the stream: she sees the peace process as actually teetering on the brink of failure, threatening an explosion of violence.

Amira gets interviewed

The film accompanies her during two years in Israel and the Palestinian territories, preparing herself for the chaos she expects ahead.

In the darkest moments of the Intifada, she sticks to her mission and stays among the Palestinians to continue her reports for her newspaper from the 'other side'.

From time to time she receives abusive letters via the internet from Israelis who accuse her of treason. At the same time, she does not hold back in criticising and confronting representatives of the Palestinian Authority with searching questions.

Daily life becomes ever more difficult and absurd. In her house in Ramallah she does not have water because Israel has cut off the water supply to territories under the Palestinian Authority. The Israeli army hinders her travelling from place to place or even to go back home. Besides staying on top of the story, Amira tries to find the time - and the way - to visit her aging mother in Jerusalem.

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