When she was just 16 years old, Palestinian Ahed Tamimi became a household name when footage of her slapping an Israeli soldier went viral. She was later arrested and jailed by occupation forces. She has since detailed her experience and the trauma that followed in her tell all book They Called Me a Lioness: A Palestinian Girl’s Fight for Freedom. MEMO speaks to co-author and Palestinian-American journalist Dena Takruri about meeting the lady she calls ‘a once in a generation voice’.
Dena Takruri is a senior presenter at AJ+ and one of the channel’s founding members. She hosts ‘Direct From with Dena Takruri’, which has been honoured with many awards, including the prestigious National Edward R. Murrow Award.
Dena has reported internationally from the occupied West Bank, the North Korean border, South Africa and in Europe covering the refugee crisis. Domestically, she’s covered presidential elections, immigration and a wide array of social justice and civil liberties.
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