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Israel missiles destroy home of Arab Daily News photographer Mohammed Asad
By Ray Hanania
The home of Palestinian photographer and journalist Mohammed Asad was destroyed by Israel this week. Asad’s home was located in Shujaiyya in the Gaza Strip.
Officials have reported that Israel has killed some 1,500 people of which more than 80 percent are civilians. More than 6,200 mostly civilians have been injured and seriously wounded. But data is not precise because emergency medical personnel are not able to get to regions targeted by Israel’s military assault. More than 60 Israeli soldiers and six Israeli civilians, including the 3 kidnapped and murdered Israeli teenagers, have been killed.
Asad has been freelancing and providing photographs to The Arab Daily News since the beginning of the year. His photographs have helped mainstream American see the true face of this conflict, which is behind downplayed and hidden by slanted, one-sided reporting by the mainstream American news media.
Many Americans have said they were shocked by the devastation by Israel on civilian areas and have not been able to see the gruesome images of the damage caused by Israel. However, images of destruction in Israel have been widely distributed and published by the pro-Israeli mainstream American news media. Asad’s photos have included dozens showing the death and destruction on Palestinians by Israel.
Asad said he was safe in an email he sent this morning that included the photo of his destroyed home.
These photos were taken by Asad following the killing of 17 civilians at a market in Gaza City on July 30. Among the dead was journalist Rami Rayyan and two ambulance paramedics who were responding to another bombing by Israel a few minutes earlier before they were killed. Click here to view that story from Mohammed Asad.
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Ray Hanania is an award winning political columnist and author. He covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).
Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com, and for TheArabDailyNews.com, and TheDailyHookah.com.
Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
His wife and son are Jewish and he performs standup comedy lampooning Arab-Jewish relations, advocating for peace based on non-violence, mutual recognition and Two-States.
His Facebook Page is Facebook.com/rghanania
Email him at: RGHanania@gmail.com
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