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Date posted: March 15, 2002
By Dr. Hanan Ashrawi

On March 13th at 7am, Ali Qa'dan was getting ready for another day in his eventful and demanding work as a senior producer for ABC.

At 44, he was at the height of his distinguished career as the first Palestinian to achieve such standards of professionalism and recognition.

At 44, Ali suffered a massive heart-attack that left him lifeless while engaging in the mundane task of a morning shave.

At 44, Ali is no longer with us, and his son Nadeem (13) and daughter Lina (11) are left fatherless.

At 44, Ali left a vacuum in the lives of all those who have known him, worked with him and loved him.

The night before, Ali had spent a whole night in a hotel in Ramallah besieged by Israeli tanks and troops, dodging bullets and fighting a fate of violent death.

Professional to the end, Ali among his many colleagues covering the massive Israeli incursion into Ramallah, insisted on continuing the coverage despite the Israeli shells and bullets that were raining down on them.

The next night, Ali had hoped to get some sleep in order to face yet another day of Israeli brutality and violence. He found eternal rest instead.

Rest in peace, Ali.

We will miss you, your boundless energy, your engaging smile, your contagious laughter, your warm friendship and your love of life.

We will miss your sense of irony and humor, your total immersion in your profession and yet the time you made for us as friends and members of the larger Palestinian family.

Your departure was sudden, unexpected and tragic. You left before your time, but you have made a difference in our lives and time.

Rest in peace, Ali, the peace you could never enjoy in your life as a son of the tormented land of Palestine.

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