The Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists’ Association strongly condemns the exclusion of Mahmoud al-Kumi and Hussam Salama, two al-Aqsa TV cameramen targeted by Israeli armed forces in Gaza City, from its annual event marking journalists killed in action. The exclusion by the Washington, DC-based museum follows pro-Israeli pressure and is an indictment of the institution’s integrity. The two journalists were killed in November after their car was shelled shortly after they had filmed casualties at a nearby hospital. The Committee to Protect Journalists asked Israeli authorities about its targeting of the two but failed to get an explanation why they were not afforded civilian protections extended to reporters.
Reviews for The Girl Who Fell to Earth:
“Daring, witty, and brimming with the unexpected, Sophia Al-Maria’s riveting memoir is as much about America as it is [about] the Arab world. Chronicling a coming-of-age between Washington State, Doha, and Cairo, this bracing first book startles and illuminates.”
—Yasmine El Rashidi, author of The Battle for Egypt
“Riveting … From an intimate vantage point, Al-Maria sees and translates challenges that the Bedouin, who lived for ages in the desert navigating by the stars, now face in the era of big cities and washers and dryers. What makes Al-Maria’s story unique is not only its rare insider’s glimpse of modern Bedouin life, but the outsider’s sensibility that magnifies her exquisite observational gifts. Frank, funny and dauntless.”
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“… wry, eloquent … her commentary gets it exactly right.”