February 13, 2012

Amira Hass, a prominent Israeli journalist and author, mostly known for her columns in the daily newspaper Ha'aretz, spoke about her work in covering the Occupied Territories. She discussed how and why the Israeli occupation of the West Bank became a normal political reality for most Israelis, the implications of this perception, and some possible prospects for overcoming it. The event was held on Monday February 13, 2012 at 6:00pm at the Bob Graham Center in Pugh Hall.

Amira Hass is particularly recognized for her reporting on Palestinian affairs in the West Bank and Gaza, where she has also lived for a number of years. Her reportage of events, and her voicing of opinions that run counter to both official Israeli and Palestinian positions has exposed Hass to verbal attacks, and opposition from both the Israeli and Palestinian authorities. Hass has also written books, including: Drinking the Sea at Gaza: Days and Nights in a Land under Siege (Owl Books, 2000) and Reporting from Ramallah: An Israeli Journalist in an Occupied Land (2003). Hass is the recipient of several prestigious international press awards, including the World Press Freedom Hero award from the International Press Institute and the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

Event Sponsors:

Bob Graham Center for Public Service
UF International Center
Center For Jewish Studies
Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere
UF College of Journalism and Communication
Students for Justice in Palestine
The Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica Endowment Fund

Speaker One
Amira Hass

Amira Hass is a prominent Israeli journalist and author, mostly known for her columns in the daily newspaper Ha'aretz. She is particularly recognized for her reporting on Palestinian affairs in the West Bank and Gaza, where she has also lived for a number of years. Her reportage of events, and her voicing of opinions that run counter to both official Israeli and Palestinian positions has exposed Hass to verbal attacks, and opposition from both the Israeli and Palestinian authorities.

Among her books: Drinking the Sea at Gaza: Days and Nights in a Land under Siege (Owl Books, 2000) and Reporting from Ramallah: An Israeli Journalist in an Occupied Land (Semiotext(e), 2003). Hass is the recipient of several prestigious international press awards, including the World Press Freedom Hero award from the International Press Institute and the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.