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Al Jazeera Witness Interviews Amira Haas Part 2 of 3

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 (Between the Lines, Directed by Yifat Kedar) 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.

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 criticizing 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 traveling 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.

Hass was the recipient of the Press Freedom Hero award from the International Press Institute in 2000, the Bruno Kreisky Human Rights Award in 2002, the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize in 2003, and the inaugural award from the Anna Lindh Memorial Fund in 2004.

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http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m2479/is_1_32/ai_n6142 325

http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/8DBF9E79-F50F-4CC7-8A 51-E9EEAFC0B41E.htm

http://www.zmag.org/meastwatch/amira_hass.htm

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