It has been more than two years since an Israeli reporter was officially allowed into Gaza.
The Israeli government barred Israeli reporters from going in after Hamas won control of the PA.
Today, Amira wrote to friends to say that she is being kicked out of Gaza - by Hamas.
Hamas, which apparently had minders escort Hass 24-hours-a-day, told her that there were threats to her life and that she had to get out immediately.
Hass scoffed at the Hamas warnings, but has apparently been unable to change their minds.
Hass lived in Gaza for four years, from 1993 to 1997, and wrote about her time there in "Drinking the Sea at Gaza," a pioneering Israeli book about life in the Israeli-occupied Gaza Strip.
Below is her e-mail to friends:
From: "amira hass"
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2008
i was ordered to leave gaza.
The Hamas security - the branch which insisted in "escorting" me 24 hours a day for almost 3 weeks, ordered me today, (sunday) at noon, to leave immediately. The great efforts of my friends yielded only one gesture: i was allowed to extend my stay by some 20 hours, at most, and leave tomorrow (monday).
the reason, needless to say is "security". "The circumstances have changed, it is dangerous and we have recieved specific information that there is a danger to your life. specific my foot. just the same things i heard from Arafat's security back in 1995 and in 1999, only that that ancien regime had some kind of flexibility and disorder - that enabled my (other friends and acquaintances) to reverse the order.
I see no chance for this to happen now.
i am professionally frustrated and personally sad, so sad: i took farewell of some of my friends today - and almost know for sure that we would not be able to see each other for many many years. I was planning to stay till end of January - so many more things to investigate: to learn. I even toyed with the idea of writing a book...
Never mind me. I was allowed a rare visit in prison. Met my friends and was reminded again, more closely, how people, all caged in, are accomodating their life to electricity cuts and threats of imminent israeli incursions, and to the ever-more-loud discourse of istishaad (martyrdom).
UPDATE: I spoke to Amira on Monday as she was coming through Erez, becoming the first journalist allowed to cross through the terminal in nearly a month. A short time later, she was detained by Israeli authorities and questioned about her decision to defy the Israeli ban and enter Gaza. In August, Israeli authorities arrested Israeli activist Jeff Halper when he came through Erez after also taking a boat into Gaza.
"Israel implements a policy of holding the rope at both ends," Halper said at the time. "Allegedly, the state isn't occupying Gaza but it is in charge of the entrances into Gaza, such that it is actually operating in Gaza."