10 years on, AP photographer remembers Pulitzer moment


JERUSALEM (AP) — Ten years ago today, AP photographer Oded Balilty captured the powerful image of a Jewish settler woman defying Israeli soldiers as they forcibly removed her from a West Bank settlement.

Balilty won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography, becoming the first and thus far only Israeli to be awarded the coveted honor. He is the most recent AP photographer to win the prize with a single image.

“It is a stunning single image that captures the chaos and emotion of that evacuation,” Kathleen Carroll, executive editor of The Associated Press, said in 2007 when the prize was announced.

Balilty is still based in the Holy Land, where he has shot numerous prize-winning images that capture the drama of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“Ten years after I shot that photo nothing much has changed, there are still many conflicts in the Middle East,” he said. “I was hoping that the future would bring change, but we should never give up the hope for better times for everyone in the region.”

Here is Balilty’s iconic photograph.

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