How Reporting From Israel Changed My Worldview Forever

I’ve wanted to be a journalist for as long as I can remember. Journalism always seemed like such important work, challenging peoples’ biases, bringing hard truths to the public in order to keep them honest and informed.

Ever since I spent two weeks in Egypt as a teenager – this was in January 2001, less than a year before 9/11 – I’ve dreamt of being a freelance reporter in the Middle East. I was fascinated by terrorism, by the idea that someone believed in something so much they’d give their life for it. Every journalist wants to cover the big stories, and I thought the Middle East was the biggest story on Earth.

  • Alain

    It is good to see that he at least was more open-minded and less agenda-driven than the other “journalists”, but I found he remained somewhat naive. Also I disagree with his statement that “the public appetite” for news on the “Israel-Palestinian conflict” is unending. It has nothing to do with the public appetite; it has everything to do with agenda-driven “journalism”.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    This article is a big reason why the Israeli authorities should question and possibly revoke the credentials of reporters who repeatedly fail to tell the whole pertinent truth.