Belal Jadallah, one of the most beloved and respected journalists in Gaza, was killed by Israeli shelling amid the ongoing Israel –Hamas war on Sunday.
Known locally as “the godfather of Palestinian journalists,” Jadallah was the founder and chairman of the Gaza Press House—an organization dedicated to training the region’s future journalists and enhancing freedom of expression. He worked closely with many, of the local journalists in Gaza, helping dozens of aspiring reporters to get started in their careers through his mentorship programs.
As reported by Reuters : “Jadallah told his sister earlier on Sunday he was heading out of Gaza City towards the south. He was killed in the Zeitoun area of Gaza City, said his sister, who added that people who found him and took him to a medical centre where he was declared dead said he had been killed by an Israeli tank shell.”
In an online eulogy to his murdered brother, Ali Jadallah said that Belal was determined to stay in Gaza City for as long as he possibly could, believing he had a “moral duty to tell the world about what he was seeing.”
Belal was one of six journalists killed by Israeli forces in Gaza over the weekend.