By Harriet Rowan on July 19, 2014

NBC News, which faced criticism within its own newsroom and from the public for removing reporter Ayman Mohyeldin from Gaza, has reversed its decision. The network announced on Friday evening that Mohyeldin will be returning to Gaza to report on the current ground invasion by the Israeli military. Mohyeldin is an Egyptian-American who has been reporting on the Middle East for more than ten years. He is best known for his reporting from Gaza for Al Jazeera English during the 2008 bombardment.

Mohyeldin’s social media streams went quiet on Wednesday afternoon, just a few hours after he witnessed the killing of four young Palestinian boys. The children, cousins ranging in age from 9 to 11, were killed by two Israeli airstrikes that hit a beach in Gaza. Mohyeldin posted live updates from the scene, including heartbreaking footage of the mother of one of the children reacting to the news.

4 Palestinian kids killed in a single Israeli airstrike. Minutes before they were killed by our hotel, I was kicking a ball with them #gaza

— Ayman Mohyeldin (@AymanM) July 16, 2014

On Friday NBC News put out a statement regarding Mohyeldin's reinstatement.

Ayman Mohyeldin has done extraordinary reporting throughout the escalation of the conflict in Gaza, filing 25+ reports over the past 17 days, including his invaluable and well-documented contribution to the story on the deaths of the four Palestinian children on Wednesday. As with any news team in conflict zones, deployments are constantly reassessed. We've carefully considered our deployment decisions and we will be sending Ayman back to Gaza over the weekend. We look forward to his contributions in the coming days.

Mohyeldin's conspicuous silence after weeks of live updates and nightly reports from the region drew questions, especially after Richard Engel reported on the killing of the four children instead of Mohyeldin, who had witnessed the incident.

Glenn Greenwald at The Intercept reported on Thursday that Mohyeldin was ordered to leave Gaza by NBC executives, and that the decision by NBC executives had angered some NBC staffers.

Greenwald reports that, in private, NBC executives cited security concerns as their reason for removing Mohyeldin. NBC News has since sent preeminent foreign correspondent Richard Engel into Gaza, along with a producer who, according to Greenwald, does not speak Arabic and has never been to Gaza before.

After news of his removal from Gaza, NBC News viewers and fellow reporters took to Twitter to ask NBC to #LetAymanReport.

Some observers speculated that the NBC executives' decision was partially based on a tweet and Facebook post later removed by Mohyeldin, which could be perceived as critical of a U.S. State Department statement regarding the killing of the four boys.

Tweet from Ayman Mohyeldin, subsequently removedMohyeldin tweet

Mohyeldin will be returning to Gaza over the weekend to continue reporting on the conflict.

Thanks for all the support. Im returning to #Gaza to report. Proud of NBC's continued commitment to cover the #Palestinian side of the story

— Ayman Mohyeldin (@AymanM) July 18, 2014

As of Saturday 336 people have been killed in Gaza, more than 2,300 have been injured, and five Israelis have been killed.

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By Wendell Berry

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more 
of everything ready made. Be afraid 
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery 
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card 
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something 
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know. 
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord. 
Love the world. Work for nothing. 
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it. 
Denounce the government and embrace 
the flag. Hope to live in that free 
republic for which it stands. 
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man 
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers. 
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.


Say that the leaves are harvested 
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus 
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion—put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come. 
Expect the end of the world. Laugh. 
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts. 
So long as women do not go cheap 
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy 
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep 
of a woman near to giving birth? 
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie easy in the shade. Rest your head 
in her lap. Swear allegiance 
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos 
can predict the motions of your mind, 
lose it. Leave it as a sign 
to mark the false trail, the way 
you didn’t go. Be like the fox 
who makes more tracks than necessary, 
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

Wendell Berry is a poet, farmer, and environmentalist in Kentucky. This poem, first published in 1973, is reprinted by permission of the author and appears in his “New Collected Poems” (Counterpoint).

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