Mohammed Ballas (36), Palestinian Territories, is the Associated Press photographer in the northern West Bank town of Jenin. He graduated from An-Najah University in Nablus with a degree in political science and journalism. Soon after his graduation in 1997, Ballas joined the Palestinian newspaper Al-Ayyam as a reporter, and later began work as a photographer. Ballas began working for AP in 2002, at the height of the second Palestinian uprising, and has documented repeated violence in the region.
Palestinian Refugees Reject Bush Declaration
Leaving the Camp Will Only be to Return Home
“What Bush declared to satisfy Israel will only make us cling more to our right of return, and if that does not happen today, our children and grandchildren will accomplish it, regardless of the sacrifices they may have to offer,” stated seventy-year-old Khalid Mansour from Jenin refugee camp. The statements of Khalid Mansour (Abu Rashid) regarding Bush’s statements are representative of the opinions of all refugees not only in Jenin camp but in all the refugee communities.