By Jamie Tarabay
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The photo department was busy editing pictures to send out. TV people were rushing around with tapes in their hands, hurrying to edit film, cut packages, answer phones and issue orders to cameramen in the field. I sat at a spare computer, logging on 24 A Crazy Occupation 24/8/05 3:05 PM Page 25 Thursday 28 September 2000 to read what had already been written and filed about the day’s events. The reports continually changed with updates on the wounded, comments from various officials and sudden spurts of violence.
Then the office rang back, calling off my expedition. Nasser Shiyoukhi, our Hebron stringer, had got to the hospital and was already filing reports from there. I volunteered to come into the office anyway; it appeared to be an unusually busy day. The newsroom was in pandemonium. Staff on the news desk were on the phones speaking with reporters in the West Bank and Gaza, who were calling in details. The photo department was busy editing pictures to send out. TV people were rushing around with tapes in their hands, hurrying to edit film, cut packages, answer phones and issue orders to cameramen in the field.
Moments later, we heard that his son was declared brain dead; shortly after, the old man himself was brought into emergency on a stretcher. He’d collapsed upon hearing the news. I hate hospitals. I hate everything about them. The smell, the squeaky sound shoes make on the mopped floors, the white coats, the stethoscopes, the smell of sick people who haven’t been out of their beds in ages. The memory of when my grandmother was dying in Beirut hits me every time I 26 A Crazy Occupation 24/8/05 3:05 PM Page 27 Thursday 28 September 2000 enter a hospital.
A Crazy Occupation: Eyewitness to the Intifada by Jamie Tarabay