I coffee’d today with an old colleague from the Reuters Jerusalem television days. My friend is still in the t.v. news biz but he now works with a different international network. He is faring well and is successful.
Playing catch up, as people tend to do, I sifted through names of former colleagues and he responded with updates on the where/what they’re doing these days/whether they’re still in television or not lowdown response to my queries.
When I mentioned a specific Palestinian co-worker/friend from days of yore, I was shocked to learn this person had been barred from entering Israel proper after the 2000 Ramallah lynching.
According to my coffee friend, he and an entire network of West Bank cameramen and journalists were accused of colluding to keep footage of the lynching under wraps so as not to incriminate West Bank residents who took part in the incident.
I am speechless for the moment. And of course I realize there are two sides to any story. And thank god I wasn’t here because…well let’s just leave it at that.