Magazine article New Internationalist

The Only House Left Standing the Middle East Journals of Tom Hurndall

Magazine article New Internationalist

The Only House Left Standing the Middle East Journals of Tom Hurndall

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The Only House Left Standing The Middle East Journals of Tom Hurndall with an introduction by Robert Fisk (Trolley, ISBN 978 1 904 563 51 8)

Tom Hurndall was 21 years old when he was shot in the head as he carried a Palestinian child out of the range of an Israeli army sniper.

A few months later the British student of photojournalism was dead. This collection of his photos, writings, emails and journal entries is deeply moving, not only because of the manner of his death, but because of the mix of honesty, doubt and determination they reveal. HurndalPs photos and writings have a scratchy, authentic feel - a sniff of the real, whether focusing on Palestinian homes being bulldozed or a trip to a bowling alley.

Here was a young man prepared to be a 'human shield', first in Iraq and later in Gaza, driven by the urge to 'do something'. …

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