Maha Hussaini

@mahahussaini @MahaGaza

Maha Hussaini is a Palestinian multimedia journalist who covers Israel’s war on Gaza, while also facing the same daily threats to her life from ground and air attacks, restrictions on her freedom of movement, challenges by Israeli forces and authorities, and the desperate living conditions she is reporting on.

In addition to risking her life, Hussaini faces massive logistical and personal challenges to continue her reporting for Middle East Eye; she has been displaced several times since the conflict escalated in October 2023 and is now one of the many hundreds of thousands who are homeless.

She endeavours to give Palestinians a voice and bring their personal stories to light, including the struggles of a pregnant woman forced to give birth at home and a girl who had to carry her paralyzed six-year-old brother for miles to flee bombing.

“Most media only talk about the numbers, those killed or injured,” she says. “I want people to talk directly for themselves… telling their story speaks more than any piece of news.”

Her reporting about the survivors of Israeli field executions has been used as evidence of Israeli genocide in South Africa’s case before the International Court of Justice.

She began her journalism career producing and presenting reporting for Gaza-based White Media agency and Sahar TV on the 2014 Israeli military offensive “Operation Protective Edge,” which resulted in the deaths of more than 2,000 Palestinians and more than 60 Israelis and injured thousands. She has also reported on Palestinian reaction to the relocation of the US Embassy to Jerusalem/the Great March of Return in 2018 and the Gaza-Israel war of spring 2021.

She is also a human rights activist and a board trustee for the Geneva-based Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor (Euro-Med Monitor) and supervises the organization’s media platform HuMedia. She was the executive director for the London-based think-tank ImpACT International for Human Rights Policies.

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