Houghton Mifflin has published a memoir, House of Stone, by Anthony Shadid, the celebrated foreign correspondent for the New York Times who died on a clandestine journey to Syria last month from an asthma attack apparently caused by his guides' horses.
Yesterday afternoon, Leonard Lopate of WNYC interviewed Shadid's widow Nada Bakri and his friend Rajiv Chandrasekaran, foreign editor of the Washington Post. During the interview, Lopate said that Shadid "was shot by a sniper in Ramallah" in 2002 when he was a reporter for the Boston Globe. He also said that journalists are now being targeted in a way that they have not been in years gone by.
I've noticed that other obituaries of Shadid have referred to his shooting in the same oblique, passive manner. From the New York Times:
Mr. Shadid’s work entailed great peril. In 2002, as a correspondent for The Globe, he was shot in the shoulder while reporting in Ramallah, in the West Bank.
Though he did not see his assailant, Shadid and his companion at the time both believed that an Israeli shot him. Shadid, who was an Arab-American, wrote about it in this stirring piece of reporting on the Israeli incursion into the West Bank that Paul Mutter posted here after his death. Excerpt:
It happened in the afternoon, as Said [al-Ghazali, a Palestinian journalist] and I were walking back to my hotel through an area that had been in complete control of the Israeli military for days. We both wore flak jackets, and we both had "TV" written prominently with red tape on our backs. We walked in the middle of the street to avoid suspicion. I believe the single bullet was fired by an Israeli soldier, though I never saw him. I believe he thought I was Palestinian. The slug entered my left shoulder, blasted off part of my vertebrae, then exited my right shoulder. Twelve pieces of shrapnel were left in me.
So Shadid was targeted on a racial basis, by an Israeli soldier. And possibly targeted as a journalist. Don't expect an accounting.