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Itai Anghel

During  the last week of the second war in Lebanon Itai Anghel, a correspondent for the Channel 2, Israeli TV,  joined an IDF platoon that entered a village known to be a Hezbollah stronghold in South Lebanon. On arrival they encountered a Hizbullah ambush from one of the houses and were fired upon from the village surroundings. Five Israeli soldiers were wounded before killing three Hezbollah fighters. Two days later his report, a 25 minutes documentary, was broadcast on the Israeli TV and was immediately regarded as the most important piece of evidence from the battlefield.
 
Itai Anghel is one of the most prominent journalists in Israel. He is known for his unique fieldwork and his ability to explore as deeply as anyone can, the most explosive and dangerous spots around the globe and connect to all sides involved.


He goes to most of these places; Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Rwanda, Congo, Chechnya, Lebanon, and Gaza, by himself doing the interviews, filming and sound work. Anghel received the Sokolov Award for Journalism after reporting on the Balkan Wars in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo. He is the youngest recipient of this prestigious award.

Mr. Anghel was sent to Iraq twice; first in 2003 and later in 2006.  Working on his own he interviewed and filmed Sunnis, Shiites, Kurds and American forces.  His documentaries from the war zone gave the first idea of the deteriorating situation there. Mr. Anghel also covered the war in Afghanistan and his reports were broadcast  on TV stations in Israeli and abroad.

HIs work in Africa began in Rwanda during the massacre in 1994.  Recently he has been to the Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire).  His documentaries reported on the thousands of women that are being raped and mutilated there and the kids that are being kidnapped to fight the war. Unprecented efforts by Israelis to help the people of the Congo have included a  special rock concert  consisting of the best of Israeli artists after which Mr. Anghel founded  'Israelis for Congo'.  As part of this project, every year for one month, Anghel and a group of Israeli gynecologists go to the most remote areas of the war zone, open clinics, perform operations and teach local nurses how to do the operations themselves.

Last year Mr. Anghel made a documentary about the Sicilian Mafia in Italy.  His latest work was a docoumentary about Barack Obama's run for the presidency which was filmed in the U.S. and Kenya where Obama's grandmother lives.

While in Israel Mr. Anghel covers mainly the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and has made rare docunetaries with Israeli soldiers as well as Hamas and Fatah activists.  He was the only Israeli journalist to cover the funeral of Yasser Arafat in Ramallah.  Most of his reports and documentaries include English subtitles. He is also a senior lecturer at the Israeli Open University.


 


Lecture Topics:

 
Working Both Sides - Through his fascinating documentaries, Mr. Anghel provides an unusual witness account of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

 Israeli Journalist in Iraq and Afghanistan - Although most of the conflicts in the world involve radiacal Muslims who would not be expected to extend a warm welcome to an Israeli visitor, Itai Anghel has developed a unique method for working in these places. Anghel offers parts of his acclaimed documentaries and reveals how he works and communicates with iraqi Shiites and Sunnis, American soldiers and Taliban forces.





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