Yaser was shot by an Israeli sniper during yesterday’s protests Friday, April 6th. He passed away today.
Yaser Murtaja is a journalist and a dear friend who was covering the ongoing demonstrations happening east Gaza, for #TheGreatMarchofReturn. He had a severe injury in his abdomen and passed away affected by his wound! Yaser, 30 years, and a father to a lovely child, Abdulrahman, was one of the most ambitious people I’ve met. When he first graduated, he didn’t find a job, due to the high rate of unemplyment in Gaza. However, with his friend Rushdi asSarraj, they started Ain Media, which is now one of the best Broadcasting & media production companies in Gaza City. One of his recent posts on his Facebook account is the below picture, with a comment that says:
“I hope for the day when I am able to take this shot [of Gaza] while I’m up in the sky, not on the ground.
My name is Yaser Murtaja,
I’m 30 years old
I’m living in Gaza
I’ve never traveled.”
Yaser told me in one of our last meetings, that he plans to study media abroad and was waiting for the Rafah crossing to open. during February, the border opened for 2 days and he tried to leave Gaza, but returned back after seeing the sufferings Palestinians go through there.
We worked together last year to produce a short film for The Virtual Dinner Guest Project. The short film was one of our best productions and it was so amazing working with him and the team. His loss is pain over pain. Allah chose Him among thousands and thousands. What did he do to be a shaheed? His smile to everyone? His help for people he saw? His support to the little child (in yellow) after he rescued her from the Israeli occupation during the last aggression on Gaza? His help to his family after they lost their father few years ago? His kindness to animals? His respect to his wife that I’ve witnessed?