Interviewer: “How did you manage to maintain contact with the foreign journalists, and how did you convey your point of view to them?”
Isra Al-Mudallal: “Since the beginning of the aggression against the Gaza Strip, a state of emergency was declared at the border crossings, especially at the Beit Hanoun Crossing, also known as the Erez Crossing, and journalists were allowed in without any bureaucratic procedures, except for registration to guarantee their safety.
“Our problem was that [we didn’t know] who was entering the Gaza Strip. Who were they? Most of them were freelancers, and the others were from news agencies.
“Fewer journalists entered the Gaza Strip during this war than in the previous rounds, in 2008 and 2012. Therefore, the coverage by foreign journalists in the Gaza Strip was insignificant compared to their coverage within the Israeli occupation [i.e., Israel]. Moreover, the journalists who entered Gaza were fixated on the notion of peace and on the Israeli narrative.