Henry Norr (1946-), a veteran journalist for the San Francisco Chronicle, was fired in 2003 after he took part in an anti-war demonstration. Norr, who reported on technology, not on the war, had participated in the demonstration on his own time. He contested his firing and ended up winning a substantial out-of-court settlement from the Chronicle. Norr had also been active on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He suspects that his activities regarding Palestine, rather than his participation in the demonstration, were the underlying cause of his firing.
In July 2002, Norr wrote about an Intel factory constructed illegally on Palestinian land from which Israel had ejected the Palestinian owners. In a radio interview with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now after his firing, Norr described the Chronicleís reaction to the story, which had received a great deal of criticism from the Israeli lobby:
ďÖI was told this was an inappropriate topic and I wasnít supposed to write such things anymore.Ē
Norr went on to discuss a vacation-time trip during which he and his wife participated in nonviolent protest activities in the West Bank. When he returned to work, he described his trip to colleagues:
ďI put together a little lunchtime presentation and slideshow, a little discussion of what I had seen and observed and heard. And apparently management didnít like that very much. Apparently there was somebody who attended that presentation Ö [who] reported to management that I made anti-Semitic remarks and so on, which is really a big joke. I mean, Iím Jewish by background and I donít think Iím the least bit anti-Semitic. However, Iím deeply opposed to the policy of the Israeli government.Ē
Less than a year later Norr was out.
Norr has spent a total of six months in Palestine since 2002: two weeks in Gaza under the auspices of the ISM in May, 2002; 5 weeks, mainly in Jayyous, with ISM in 2003; two months in the Holy Land Trustís 2005 Palestine Summer Encounter program, mainly in Beit Sahour and Bethlehem, volunteering with the International Middle East Media Center imemc.org; and May-July 2006 with ISM and the Tel Rumeida Project www.telrumeidaproject.org in Hebron/Al-Khalil. His current political projects include membership in the core group of a Bay Area group Act Against Torture www.actagainsttorture.org and on the Local Station Board and Program Council of radio station KPFA. Henry is also active in support work for the immigrant workers fired by the Woodfin Suites hotel in Emeryville, CA
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