Mohammed Omer

An award-winning journalist, Mohammed Omer has been credited with reporting on the crisis in Gaza for major media outlets including the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, Al Jazeera, the New Statesman, Pacifica Radio, Electronic Intifada, and The Nation. He was raised in the Rafah refugee camp and, despite calamities faced by his family–his father was imprisoned, his teenage brother was killed, and his mother was injured in a demolition–he dedicates himself to journalism and reporting on the crisis. He is the recipient of the 2008 Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism. He is the author of Shell Shocked: On the Ground Under Israel’s Gaza Assault, a book that received testimonials from a wide range of well-known authors, including Noam Chomsky.

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