Janna Jihad

10-year-old Palestinian journalist covers violence in the West Bank

Janna Jihad (Facebook)

Janna Jihad Ayyad, a 10-year-old Palestinian girl, has been producing news coverage of protests, checkpoint showdowns, and violence against Palestinian children — all using video shot with her mother’s iPhone. Born into a family of activists in the village of Nabi Saleh along the occupied West Bank, Janna began participating in demonstrations against the Israeli occupation from a young age. When she was seven, she started making videos so she could share what she was seeing. “I talk about what is happening,” explains Janna, who narrates her videos in both Arabic and English. “I see an occupation, soldiers, cannons and police. They do a lot of things to make us go from our land.”

After Janna’s cousin Mustafa Tamimi and her uncle Rushdie Tamimi were killed — by a gas cannister and a fatal shot to the kidney, respectively — Janna expanded her scope, traveling to shoot videos in Jerusalem, Hebron, Nablus, and Jordan. “My camera is my gun,” Janna says. “The camera is stronger than the gun … I can send my message to small people, and they can send it to others.” Janna’s mother, Nawal, says she is proud of her daughter but afraid about repercussions from the Israeli military. In the future, Janna wants to work for CNN or FOX News because, she says, “They do not talk about Palestine, and I want to make reports on Palestine.”

Janna’s page on Facebook includes several of her videos. To date, her page has attracted more than 100,000 followers.

Read the full story at Independent Online.

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