Kawther Salam

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Kawther Salam is a Palestinian journalist from Hebron.[1] She has worked for Al-Ittihad, al-Hayat al-Jadida, and Al-Quds Al-Arabi.[1][2][3] The Israeli organization, Gush Shalom, published a weekly diary of her experiences in Hebron on its website.[4] She also collaborated on three films for Israeli television stations.[4] Salam reported on human rights abuses by the Israeli military, naming particular soldiers, and filing legal complaints against them;[4] she also lists Jewish settler activists alongside soldiers on her website as "terrorists."

She claims has been attacked by Israeli soldiers on several occasions and filed a lawsuit after one incident where her arm was broken.[1] Two incidents of abuse towards Salam were documented in the 2001 Human Rights Watch report, Center of the Storm: a Case Study of Human Rights Abuses in Hebron District.[3] Following death threats from Israeli military personnel, settlers, and "extreme Muslim findamentalists," she applied for and was granted political asylum in Vienna, Austria on December 5, 2002.[1] The International Press Institute (IPI) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) both intervened on her behalf in her asylum application.[1]

Salam's reports in 2000 on Israeli military corruption led to internal investigations of two Israeli officers.[1] In 2003, Salam was one of 28 writers in 13 countries to receive a Hellman/Hammett Grant from Human Rights Watch "in recognition of their courage in the face of political persecution."[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f International Press Institute. World Press Freedom Review 2002. (Vienna, Austria) p. 239.
  2. ^ Deaglan De Breadun. "Appeal to Israel over Journalist." Irish Times. 13 February 2002. p. 12.
  3. ^ a b Peter Bouckaert. Center of the Storm: A Case Study of Human Rights Abuses in Hebron District. Human Rights Watch, 2001. ISBN 1-56432-260-2 and ISBN 978-1-56432-260-9 pp. 109-110
  4. ^ a b c d Human Rights Watch. "Hellman/Hammett grants awarded to 28 writers from 13 countries." 29 July 2003.

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