Abdullah Murtaja, “Journalist” Killed During Operation Protective Edge. Not So Much

One of those killed during Operation Protective Edge was one Abdullah Mortaja, described commonly as a journalist.

For instance, here is what UNESCO said about his death:

Director-General deplores the killing of Palestinian journalist Abdullah Murtaja

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today denounced the killing of Palestinian journalist Abdullah Murtaja, who died on 25 August.

“I condemn the killing of Abdullah Murtaja,” the Director-General said. “Journalists must be able to carry out their work in safe conditions and their civilian status needs to be respected at all times. Society needs to be kept informed of events, never more so than when living in the shadow of conflict.”

Abdullah Murtaja, who reported for the Aqsa satellite channel, was reportedly hit during the shelling of the al-Shujaiyya neighbourhood of Gaza city.

The Director-General’s statements on the killing of media professionals are issued in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States at the Organization’s General Conference of 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.” These statements are posted on a dedicated webpage, UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists.

Likewise, the Doha Centre for Media Freedom lamented his demise.

Doha Centre for Media Freedom is saddened to hear of the death of another journalist in Gaza, and has repeated calls for the Israeli authorities to put an end to the targeting of the media and uphold the values of press freedom.

Abdullah Mortaja, a freelance journalist who had previously worked for the Hamas-affiliated Al Aqsa TV, was among 10 Palestinians killed by Israeli fire since midnight on Sunday, according to reports.

His death brings the number of Palestinian media workers to lose their lives during the recent violence to 17.   Numerous other journalists have been wounded in attacks, while others homes have been targeted and Israeli attacks have also targeted the premises of media organisations.

In recent weeks, Israeli authorities have continued to crack down on members of the press operating in Gaza and the West Bank.

Doha Centre for Media Freedom has been working with its sister organisation based in Gaza, the Gaza Centre for Media Freedom to document the violations committed against journalists in recent weeks and months, and has also compiled a list of the journalists who have lost their lives in Gaza as a result of the violence.

And the media and others commonly referred to him as a journalist.

Now video has emerged of Mortaja apparently on assignment, reporting live from Gaza (hat tip: ZioYahud on Twitter).


That’s a hell of a microphone.

Yeah, you get my point. And he’s just the tip of the iceberg.

But you already knew that.

Update: I already contacted UNECO to ask for their response. I recommend you do too.



Update: See also Elder of Ziyon.


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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