Modal close

Dear Democracy Now! visitor,

You turn to Democracy Now! for ad-free news you can trust. Maybe you come for our daily headlines. Maybe you come for in-depth stories that expose corporate and government abuses of power. Democracy Now! brings you crucial reporting like our coverage from the front lines of the standoff at Standing Rock or news about the movements fighting for peace, racial and economic justice, immigrant rights and LGBTQ equality. We produce our daily news hour at a fraction of the budget of a commercial news operation—all without ads, government funding or corporate sponsorship. How is this possible? Only with your support. If every visitor to this site in December gave just $10 we could cover our basic operating costs for 2017. Pretty exciting, right? So, if you've been waiting to make your contribution to Democracy Now!, today is your day. It takes just a couple of minutes to make sure that Democracy Now! is there for you and everybody else in 2017.

Non-commercial news needs your support.

We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work. If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Please do your part today.


An Italian Journalist Is Killed

StoryMarch 14, 2002
Watch iconWatch Full Show

Israeli forces yesterday shot and killed Italian photo-journalist, Raffaele Ciriello yesterday in the West Bank Townof Ramallah. He was shot six times in the stomach. A French photographer and Egyptian TV correspondent were alsowounded, as Israeli tanks occupied the town and its neighboring refugee camps. Ciriello was on an assignment for theItalian newspaper Corriere della Sera. According to his colleague, journalist Amedeo Ricucci, they werefollowing Palestinian militia through the center of Ramallah when an Israeli tank appeared from around the corner andshot Ciriello six times without warning.

The unidentified French photographer was shot twice in the leg, although the source of the gunfire was unclear, whilethe Egyptian journalist escaped unharmed after Israeli soldiers fired five shots at his car. Journalists haveexperienced worsening conditions in the West Bank’s main town since the Israeli army stormed it yesterday.

Dozens of Israeli tanks patrolled the deserted streets of Ramullah throughout the day. Seven Palestinians werewounded in other incidents.

Meanwhile, Palestinian officials welcomed a U.N. Security Council resolution that for the first time endorsed theidea of a Palestinian state.

Since the beginning of March, Israel has stepped up military strikes against Palestinians. Israel TV said about20,000 Israeli soldiers are stationed in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the largest-scale Israeli military operationsince the 1982 invasion of Lebanon.


  • Ali Abunimah, co-founder and coordinator of the Electronic Intifada, a network of pro-Palestinianactivists with a history of Internet and media activism. He is also vice president of the Arab American ActionCoalition.
  • Amira Hass, correspondent in West Bank for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz and one of Israel’sleading journalists. She lives in Ramallah.

Related links:

The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.

Make a donation