Nazeh Darwazeh, a cameraman for Associated Press Television News, was killed Saturday April 19 while filming a West Bank confrontation between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians. He was 43.
Born to a large family in Nablus, 30 miles from Jerusalem, he became politically active as a teenager, joining the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. In 1979, he went to Jordan, planning to study economics at Jordan U. but several months after his arrival, he was arrested by Jordanian intelligence because of his activism and was sentenced to 7½ years in prison.
He became disillusioned with Palestinian politics and following his imprisonment, he focused on his new career. He returned to Nablus in 1990 and was hired by Palestinian TV after it was formed in 1994. Two years ago and several months after the outbreak of renewed Israeli-Palestinian fighting, he began working for AP Television News. He was often on the front lines, filming clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians in the West Bank.
He also managed one of three family-owned photo studios in Nablus. His body was carried through the town, wrapped in Palestinian flag, to a funeral attended by 4,000 people.
He is survived by wife Naela and five children ranging in age from 4 months to 11 years old.