Hanani Rapoport

And Suddenly Someone Said To Me: Enough With The Adventures

My Press Cards collection of 40 years
Throughout my 40 years of work for the international media – starting as an apprentice and a production assistant, through a producer on ABC News and NBC News to the CEO position of a large media company in Israel, I was present at dozens of dramatic news events that affected the world and our lives here in Israel.Then, one day, without an advance notice, someone decided for you that it was time to stop, and sent you to pack up your belongings.
Before turning off the lights in your office, you picked up all the memories you have collected, those you have not yet forgotten, and deposited it all in a one, not too big, cardboard box.
Few still photographs and lots of journalistic credentials and Press Cards in different languages, colors, and sizes. Only according to your picture on each one of the plastic ID cards – time marks can be seen. There are no more curls and the hair is no longer black.

At home, you added to the box all your communication and electrical accessories, notebooks pens and the rain-cover and the baseball cap marked with big white letters – NEWS! All these items you gathered while traveling between continents throughout the four decades. “Things” that you have kept with you years after becoming an executive. You kept them all as if you were standing by, ready to go, waiting just for a phone call from the head office – to run to the airport and take a flight to somewhere around the globe, to another hotspot, to cover a new breaking news region…

Every person has a name and every country has its telephone and electrical outlet type and you collected it all.

You will also put aside and into the box all the passports and notebooks you kept, some of which contain telephone lists of people who once were and are no longer, in countries that were once on the maps and are no longer there today.

Suddenly I realize I am writing in the second person language. As if it’s not me who is writing this. Probably some kind of repression attempt that almost succeeded. I am the one who “hung up my shoes” after four fascinating decades. It was I who landed after countless work-related flights, usually in the dark, just to make another connection in Europe.

It was I who missed my two girls’ graduation parties in kindergarten and school because there was always something to do, more significant to do at work.

And in the closet, the folded, ironed, and starched dress shirts are placed on the shelf. For my meetings today the dress code is a T-shirt. The ties will also remain hanging alongside the suits of the CEO who once managed hundreds of employees. Today, I am in a hurry to pick up my grandchildren from kindergarten. The life of a retiree.

1982. Samir Kuntar, commander of the Palestinian terrorist cell that carried out the attack in Nahariya in which Danny Haran and his daughter were murdered in 1979, is interviewed at the Be'er Sheva prison by Geraldo Rivera and Ehud Yaari
On a shoot for ABC News 20/20 piece in 1981 about the fight of Israel against international terrorism we interviewed Samir Kuntar a Palestinian 16 years of age, who was responsible for one of the most traumatic terror attacks in Israeli history, on April 1979, a father and his daughter in Nahariya, Israel, tried for life – released in a prisoners exchange and was killed later by an air raid while in Syria commanding a Hizbullah special forces group. – Samir is in the middle between ( Left ) Ehud Yaari an Israeli TV correspondent and a leading journalist who helped us with the interview. Across from Yaari and Kuntar is Geraldo Rivera an ABC News 20/20 senior correspondent. The interview was done in the Israeli prison outside Beer-Sheba in the South of the country, This photo was taken by me during the visit to the prison.
November 1989 Prague the Velvet Revolution Wenceslas Square
December 1989 the Velvet Revolution, Prague with students demonstrating, protesting the communist ruling party, on Wenceslas Square The picture was taken with my camera by the local producer who was my translator during the work in Prague.
About the Author
A Tel-Aviv native born in 1952. Second generation journalist and media personality. An EMMY award-winning television news producer for ABC News and NBC News and formerly CEO of JCS Jerusalem Capital Studios. I am now a full-time grandfather and a storyteller from a very personal perspective. Unless otherwise noted, the photographs and video clips on this page were taken by me in the course of my work.