Press: Forgive Us Our Press Passes

Should Israeli police masquerade as reporters?

Journalists who cover the world's hot spots traditionally enjoy a measure of immunity shared only by diplomats and representatives of the International Red Cross. Recognized as impartial observers by most combatants, reporters often venture into battle zones with hand-lettered signs attached to their cars identifying them as PRESS or TV. If their delicate neutrality is compromised in any way, the system breaks down and the danger increases. This, unfortunately, is what is happening in the Israeli-occupied territories of the West Bank and Gaza.

During the 16 months since the Palestinian uprising erupted in the occupied territories, international news organizations have suspected...

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