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Veteran Palestinian journalist Jamil Hamad dies

Oct. 17, 2010 9:30 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 23, 2010 9:27 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Veteran Palestinian journalist Jamil Hamad died in Bethlehem on Sunday at the age of 72.

Hamad was one of Palestine's most prominent journalists. After studying journalism and law at university in Damascus, Syria, he began a career in journalism in 1965, working for local Arabic publications and the international press. In 1984, he was appointed as a correspondent for Time Magazine's Jerusalem bureau.

Born in Rafat, in what is now occupied East Jerusalem, Hamad and his family settled as refugees in Bethlehem in 1948, when the State of Israel was established. In a 2008 interview with Time Magazine, Hamad recalled "My village wasn't far from Ramla. The fighting was coming closer, and my family decided to leave. The Israeli soldiers came with trucks and took us away from our land. I was only a boy, then. The Israelis claimed it was all an empty land."

Ma'an Network general director Raed Othman expressed his sorrow at Hamad's death, which he said was a great loss to Palestinian journalism.

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