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Veteran Palestinian journalist killed by Israel as journalist toll surpasses 50

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Bilal Jadallah, Palestinian journalist and the director of Press House-Palestine, was killed by an Israeli airstrike that hit his car in Gaza on Sunday.

The Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate said it believes Jadallah may have been deliberately targeted by Israeli forces.

Jadallah’s last post on Facebook was a tribute to his Press House-Palestine colleague, Mohamed Al Jaja, who was killed on November 5 with his wife and two daughters.

As of Monday, at least 50 Palestinian journalists and media workers were confirmed dead in the ongoing Israel’s genocidal war on Gaza.

November 18, saw five journalists killed, the second-deadliest day since 7 October, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

“Bilal Jadallah helped CPJ document a deadly pattern of journalist killings by Israel Defense Forces and it appears that he fell victim to the same pattern on Sunday,” said CPJ Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator Sherif Mansour.

“His killing leaves a gaping hole in the media landscape in Gaza, where journalists are in severe peril as they cover the war that has claimed the lives of dozens of their colleagues.”

Jadallah was the director of Press House-Palestine, a nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom, provides legal protection for media workers and helps support and train Palestinian journalists.

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