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The Documentary That Should Make Every Decent Israeli Ashamed

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No moments of reprieve in the probing documentary by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi, "5 Broken Cameras," which chronicles the struggle in the West Bank Palestinian village of Bil'in.

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Abdessalam Diab (145)
Sunday October 14, 2012, 9:44 am
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Abdessalam Diab (145)
Sunday October 14, 2012, 9:49 am
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Thanks to my friend Angelika who drew my attention to Haaretz article.By Gideon Levy | Oct.05, 2012 | 10:40 AM .

The documentary that should make every decent Israeli ashamed
No moments of reprieve in the probing documentary by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi, "5 Broken Cameras," which chronicles the struggle in the West Bank Palestinian village of Bil'in.
By Gideon Levy | Oct.05, 2012 | 10:40 AM | 14

Guy Davidi, director of 5 Broken Cameras, in Bi'lin
Gideon Levy

The soldiers arrive in the dead of night. They kick, they smash, they destroy. They break in, rudely awakening an entire house and its inhabitants, including children and babies. One officer pulls out a detailed document and declares: "This house is declared a 'closed military zone.'" He reads the order - in Hebrew and in a loud voice - to the sleep-dazed, pajama-clad family.
This young man successfully completed his officers' training course. Perhaps he even believes, deep down, that someone has to do this dirty work. And he reads out the order solely to justify why the father of the household, Emad Burnat, is forbidden to film the event on his own video camera.
There are no moments of respite or reprieve in the probing documentary by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi, "5 Broken Cameras," which was screened, among other places, at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque last weekend after collecting a number of international prizes and having been shown on Channel 8.
This documentary should make every decent Israeli ashamed of being an Israeli. It should be shown in civics classes and heritage classes. The Israelis should know, at long last, what is being done in their name every day and every night in this ostensible time of no terror. Even in a West Bank village like Bil'in, which has made nonviolence its motto.
The soldiers - the friends of our sons and the sons of our friends - break into homes in order to abduct small children, who may be suspected of throwing stones. There is no other way to describe this. They also arrest dozens of the organizers of the popular weekly protest at Bil'in. And this happens every night.
I have often been to this village, to its protests and to its funerals. Once or twice I joined the Friday demonstrations against the separation fence that was built on its land to enable Modi'in Ilit and Kiryat Sefer to rise on its olive groves. I have breathed the tear gas and the stinking "skunk" gas. I have seen the rubber bullets that wound and sometimes kill, and the violent behavior of the soldiers and the police toward the demonstrating inhabitants.
Yet nevertheless, what I saw in this film shocked me more than all those hasty visits. The apartment buildings of Modi'in Ilit are swallowing up the village, just like the wall that was built here on their land. The inhabitants decided to embark on a struggle for their property and their existence. With a mixture of naivete, determination and courage - and, now and then, some exaggerated theatricality - the residents undertake various gimmicks, with the help of a handful of Israeli and international volunteers.
This struggle has even won a partial victory: Only in its wake did the High Court of Justice order the dismantling of the wall and its relocation to a different place. Even the High Court, which usually automatically accepts the positions of the security establishment, understood that a crime was being committed here. Together with Bil'in and, to a large extent, inspired by it, more villages began to conduct a determined popular struggle every Friday - which continues to this day - against the wall, half an hour's drive from our homes.

This documentary proves that, for the locals, the reality of the occupation is that there is no such thing as nonviolent struggle. For the information of those who preach nonviolence (from the Palestinians ): The Israel Defense Forces soldiers and the Border Police will ensure that it becomes violent. Just one thrown stone, despite the pleas of the demonstration organizers, will suffice; just one verbal altercation will also suffice to open the most advanced weapons arsenal in the world - to pull the pin, to release the gas, the rubber bullet and the skunk gas, and sometimes the live fire, and to cut off the impossible dream of a nonviolent struggle.
Anyone who watches this film understands that it is very difficult to face the wall, the settlement project and the soldiers - all of which scream "violence" - and remain nonviolent. Nearly impossible.
Five times Burnat's cameras were destroyed. Three times by the soldiers, once in a traffic accident opposite the separation wall, and once by the ultra-Orthodox and violent settlers - the "hilltop youth," who break into homes even when the court prohibits this. "You are not allowed to be here," says an ultra-Orthodox settler to a villager trying to get to his stolen land.
The truth is that Burnat's cameras were damaged many more times; the film depicts only those incidents in which the equipment was rendered totally unusable. The cameras' ruined parts are displayed as evidence.
But something much deeper has been broken here. A reality has been broken by broken cameras. These cameras documented a reality unfamiliar to most Israelis. They documented a slice of life, about which most Israelis prefer to be oblivious. In so doing, they have also proved that, in a place where hardly any courageous journalism remains, there are at least courageous and impressive documentaries. In a place where hardly any journalists remain, there are important documentary filmmakers like Burnat and Davidi.
After the vast majority of the local media decided not to report on the occupation any more, films like "5 Broken Cameras," Ra'anan Alexandrowicz's "The Law in These Parts," and Mir Laufer and Erez Laufer's "One Day After Peace" - all the harvest of just the past few months - are filling the role intended for the media, and excellently.
Anyone who some day wants to learn what was happening here during these cursed decades will hardly find what he is looking for in the newspaper and television archives. He will find it in the documentary movie archive, which is rescuing Israel's honor.
"5 Broken Cameras" has already been shown in many countries, at festivals and commercial screenings. Davidi and Burnat documented the routine of the occupation. The IDF and Border Police come out looking bad. Even understatement and restraint cannot but describe them except as storm troopers.
Burnat's voice, which accompanies the film, is one of the most restrained voices you have heard concerning the occupation, without rabble-rousing and without hatred. This is how they look in reality. Go see this film and form your own impressions.
There have been other films about Bil'in and while this one is relatively small scale, it is extremely personal. Burnat's wife, who wants to keep him away from the camera and danger, and his young son, who has grown up in this reality, star in it along with the leaders of the struggle. There is only one person killed here: Bassem Abu-Rahma, a charming young man, loved by the children, who called him the Elephant - the needless victim of an alleged murder by a soldier in April 2009.
However, it is the non-deadly routine depicted in the movie that is so appalling. The camera breakers in it are breakers of the rule of law and of democracy. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has boasted to the world about how enlightened Israel is, apparently has not seen this film. Otherwise, he would not be able to talk about enlightenment.
Anyone who behaves this way in his dark backyard cannot boast about what happens in his enlightened show window, with all that high tech and democracy. Anyone who knows what is happening in Bil'in and the other villages understands that a state that behaves in this way cannot be considered democratic or enlightened. Someone has to make Netanyahu watch this film, just so he will understand. .
This week I drove to Bil'in with one of the two directors, Guy Davidi (Burnat was away on another trip overseas ). Davidi once lived in the village for several months, but prior to our trip hadn't visited for over a year.
Ostensibly, nothing had changed. A Palestinian village drowsing in the afternoon. However, one thing was different: A large hill planted with olive trees has been liberated. In the place where the security fence had been, there is now only a dirt track. The barrier was removed and the hill was returned to its owners. The olive trees are dying after years of neglect, and the soil is scarred by all the earthworks carried out there. But still, some of the territory has been liberated.
The security fence has been replaced by a high concrete wall, but this has been moved several hundred meters to the west. Behind it, cranes continue to build Kiryat Sefer (aka Dvir ). In the liberated territory, they are already building a tiny playground for the village children. Only remnants of the burned tires and dozens of IDF gas-canister shells lying on the ground from the ongoing weekly demonstrations here testify that the struggle has not ended. It has not been completely successful. But if there were any justice, it would have been.

ParsifalAWAY S (99)
Sunday October 14, 2012, 10:16 am

Thanks Sir !
The long awaited, highly awarded documentation, apparently ALREADY available - Bil'in, West Banks... the world has forgotten this truncated section of Palestine

So far I've only seen the trailer....

As Haarez said - 'The Documentary That Should Make Every Decent Israeli Ashamed'

But Zionists ?

Without a heart they can not feel what we, the 99% of mankind, called Goyims (hu-man cattle) are capable to experience, so me thinks - with all the necessary respect, Sir Abdessalam - the caption is utterly misleading.

Thank you anyway, will check, where to watch entire docu

ParsifalAWAY S (99)
Sunday October 14, 2012, 10:24 am

It is related Sir as Israel is involved, please promote to prevent the Z' sphere's desired Armageddon:

Erdoğan Wants War With Syria

Kit B (276)
Sunday October 14, 2012, 10:39 am

I will try to find the documentary online, but suspect if it is still in the theaters, it may take time to find it available.

While reading this I kept thinking about the struggle, for some it still continues, for integration within the United States (for both racial and sexual integration). For political purposes, it is to the advantage of those in power to label as the enemy - the other, to paint them with a brush filled with intolerance and sketched with the grey and white of charcoal. It's become the practice and now accepted that all Palestinian people are "different" and desire not peace but violence.

When in fact, the Israeli government is following the path of violence, and intrusion of peaceful people by supporting ever more growing settlements on Palestinian lands. Those building the settlements are not seeking co-existence, we all read far too much about this to consider them any thing but violent intruders, using the guise of victim-hood.

The majority of citizens of Israel do need to see this film, as described above. I don't accept that the whole of the population of Israel, is seeking their own destruction, nor the destruction of the Palestinian people. Often they are like the rest of us, caught in the propaganda spread by the government to incite fear and distrust,. Which in turn allows for the justification of a government to act for the sole purpose of furthering it's own goals, even should that be in direct conflict with needs or desires of the people. Governments do not exist in a vacuum, they are the reflection of the leaders. When leaders a seeking self aggrandizement, then the country falters. Israel and Palestine need leaders with the ability to look to toward the future, to seek a peace that will only come from compromise, and that will take time, probably at this point , a couple of generations.

Thank you Abdessalam for sharing this poignant, well written article.

Sue Matheson (79)
Sunday October 14, 2012, 11:40 am

Angelika R (143)
Sunday October 14, 2012, 11:57 am
here you are everyone who missed it back in summer:
5 broken cameras
This is a clip of it and was aired on Amy's DemocracyNow! show

Angelika R (143)
Sunday October 14, 2012, 12:00 pm
that was part 1, here is part 2

Angelika R (143)
Sunday October 14, 2012, 12:05 pm
Please pay attention to the closing words the Israeli co director, Guy Davidi has..

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Sunday October 14, 2012, 12:05 pm
Very heartbreaking! We need to remember we are all connected, what happens to our brother/sister reflects back to us. Bullies at work doing devils work. Thanks Abdessalam for your comment, well stated!

Angelika R (143)
Sunday October 14, 2012, 12:14 pm
Parsifal, thx for the link, we hear it all over the radio waves..situation getting tighter by the hours. See also my post and read in full here:
And new troubling reports coming in from Iran - IF there's any truth in this.,7340,L-4292013,00.html, also on Spiegel online in German

MmAway M (505)
Sunday October 14, 2012, 2:18 pm
Thank you for posting and thanks to Henriette for the forward!

Michela M (3964)
Sunday October 14, 2012, 3:06 pm
Thank you!! noted........

Sheryl G (363)
Sunday October 14, 2012, 3:10 pm
Thank you for promoting this again, someone had placed it on before from the Democracy Now. Too soon to give you another star.

We must remember, that an injustice done to one is an injustice done to all. We are all connected, we are all One.

Alexander Werner (53)
Sunday October 14, 2012, 4:58 pm
Islamists know how to promote their agenda. Billin campaigners are well paid individuals, that was documented as well, though not in this youtube-PR movie.

Decent Israelis won't be ashamed because of these two guys, because Israel has a freedom of speech.

An interesting observation: none of the people noting this article did not note the article about Taleban shooting a 14-girl in the head because she was standing for her rights to go to school.

Abdessalam, what should decent Israelis, Egyptians, Americans or Canadians be ashamed off more?


Alexander Werner (53)
Sunday October 14, 2012, 5:00 pm
For those, who honestly did not know:

Girl, 14, Who Fought for Right to Education Is Shot By Taliban


Jelica R (144)
Sunday October 14, 2012, 6:53 pm
Bob, I've signed 3 or 4 petitions for Malala Yousufzai. Two weeks ago, she was shoot in the head and neck by masked Taliban gunmen, for promoting girls' education. As I understand, she is still fighting for her life. Since you are familiar with this (but not with the girl's name, apparently - Malala Yousufzai!), I won't comment more, except that I am sorry I didn't saved the links to petitions (one is open on Amnesty).

I came to this post from another disturbing post; this one about young Canadian girl Amanda Todd, 15 yrs, who committed suicide 5 days ago after she was harassed by bullies for 2 years. A month ago, Amanda posted her heartbreaking story on You Tube; My story: Struggling, bullying, suicide, self harm. Here is the petition you can sign: Demand Justice! Arrest Amanda Todd's Internet Bully/Stalker; and join an active discussion on a story Cher posted today.

Although it seems that Pakistan and Canada are very different, both girls were victims of psychopathic cowards who should be ostracized from society in order to protect those who can not or do not know how to defend themselves. And in both countries, the public has raised its voice in condemnation of the violence to which many are exposed and sadly, Amanda and Malala represent only the tip of iceberg.

Why am I usurping Abdessalam's post to tell you about this, Bob? Because both girls were victims of bullies. And because I suspect that you have much more similarities with bullies than you have compassion for the innocent victims.

Jelica R (144)
Sunday October 14, 2012, 7:39 pm
Abdessalam, "5 broken cameras" had a promotion in the USA and some European countries last summer. Peasant Diva submitted an interview with authors from DemocracyNow, (5 Broken Cameras: Home Videos Evolve Into Stirring Film on Palestinian Resistance to Israeli Wall) - there I've first heard of it. I'll make sure to watch it later again, for now I've loved the well-written article by Gideon Levy.

Thank you for posting.

ParsifalAWAY S (99)
Sunday October 14, 2012, 8:31 pm

thanks Angelika, quoting an excellent source: GR

I'm just curious, how Erdogan will get rid from the evil he created in the country of the Turks.

He himself seems to be an intruder, alien in this, otherwise peaceful Turkish country ...

As for Israel, they will never get an other country as calm and peaceful as Syria IS, but help to destabilize the entire ME.


Past Member (0)
Monday October 15, 2012, 3:03 am
Thank you Abdelsallam for this article. Now please bear with me whilst I publish the Buddhist point of view on war in any form.

To Buddhists, war is akusala -- unskillful, evil. Yet Buddhists sometimes fight in wars. Is war always wrong? Is there such a thing as a "just war" theory in Buddhism?

Buddhist scholars say there is no justification for war in Buddhist teaching. Yet Buddhism has not always separated itself from war.

Buddhism challenges us to look beyond a simple right/wrong dichotomy. In Buddhism, an act that sows the seeds of harmful karma is regrettable even if it unavoidable. Sometimes Buddhists fight to defend their nations, home and family. This is not "wrong." Yet even in these circumstances, to harbor hate for one's enemies is still a poison. And any act of war that sows the seeds of future harmful karma is still akusala.

Buddhist morality is based on principles, not rules. Our principles are those expressed in the Precepts and the Four Immeasurables -- loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity. Our principles also are kindness, gentleness, mercy and tolerance. Even the most extreme circumstances do not erase those principles or make it "righteous" or "good" to violate them.

Yet neither is it "good" or "righteous" to stand aside while innocent people are slaughtered. And the late Ven. Dr. K Sri Dhammananda, a Theravadin monks and scholar, said, "The Buddha did not teach His followers to surrender to any form of evil power be it a human or supernatural being."

In "What Buddhist Believe," the Venerable Dhammananda wrote,

"Buddhists should not be the aggressors even in protecting their religion or anything else. They must try their best to avoid any kind of violent act. Sometimes they may be forced to go to war by others who do not respect the concept of the brotherhood of humans - HUMANITY - as taught by the Buddha. They may be called upon to defend their country from external aggression, and as long as they have not renounced the worldly life, they are duty-bound to join in the struggle for peace and freedom. Under these circumstances, they cannot be blamed for becoming soldiers or being involved in defence. However, if everyone were to follow the advice of the Buddha, there would be no reason for war to take place in this world. It is the duty of every cultured person to find all possible ways and means to settle disputes in a peaceful manner, without declaring war to kill his or her fellow human beings."

P A (117)
Monday October 15, 2012, 3:48 am
Thank you so much for this Abdessalam - green star - and green star to Jelica R for so elegantly demolishing Bob's holey argument - he seems to feel that if one brave individual (Malala Yousufzai , for example) is wretchedly murdered then it is the fault of all those of the same race, same religion and even different countries. Sounds like racism or sectarianism to me.

God bless Gideon Levy for his most excellent article - measured, factual, reasoned - and yet it moves the hearts of any human being who reads it. (This sadly does seem to exclude extremists).

I agreed with every word in Gideon Levy's article - when will people see that you can't do right when all your actions are wrong?!! To steal other's land is WRONG! To invade their homes on the pretext of arresting children THOUGHT to be stone throwers is surely against some part of the Geneva Convention or Human Rights? It offends all natural morals, that's for sure! How can they live with themselves?!


Abdessalam Diab (145)
Monday October 15, 2012, 5:57 am
Thanks to all who noted and commented on this post.Green stars for all of these who understand and support the rights of the Palestinians in Bilin.

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Monday October 15, 2012, 6:10 am
Bob A. is back. He has dedicated his life to attack what he calls "Islamists ". Although I am sure that he doesn't even understand what this word means,yet here is a copy and paste from my facebook page :

1 - Abdessalam Diab shared Amnesty International Canada's photo.
The bravest Pakistani school girl of them all!

Today, on the first ever International Day of the Girl, we want to highlight Malala Yousafzai, also known as “the girl on the schoolbus”. She was brutally targeted by the Tehreek-e-Taliban as s...See More
2 - Abdessalam Diab shared a link
October 11

Raise YOUR hand for girls' education! - The Petition Site
October 11th is the Day of the Girl, and its time we stood up for all girls' right to an education. (3863 signatures on petition)

This was also my comment on the story posted by Beatrice which he mentioned here :
Terrorism and extremism will not stop girls from going to schools.Education is not only a necessity for girls but a must for Muslim girls in particular. Those terrorists who pretend to be Muslims are certainly not Muslims. They failed to understand the reality of Islam. The first word of Quran received by prophet Mohammed was the word "READ".
This is a petition I signed September 23." Please sign
Don't Let Girls in Malawi and India Miss Out on an Education!

That said,I hope he will be smart for once and stick to the subject of this thread.

Angelika R (143)
Monday October 15, 2012, 6:32 am
For anyone who wishes to send get well wishes to Malala Y. pls go here:

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Monday October 15, 2012, 7:31 am
Thank you Angelika for the link. I wished her to get well soon and my message to her was " "The person who shot you is not a real Muslim.If he were,he would have known that the first word in the Quran received by prophet Mohammed was the word "READ"

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Monday October 15, 2012, 7:42 am
Bob A. wrote " Decent Israelis won't be ashamed because of these two guys, because Israel has a freedom of speech."
Who told you that Israelis won't be ashamed? Are you saying that Israelis are not smart or decent enough to feel ashamed of what their government is committing against Palestinians daily? Why don't you write to the writer to tell him that if you really believe it ?
Freedom of speech has nothing to do with feeling ashamed.One can enjoy freedom of speech and still feel sorry,happy,sad and ashamed.If you yourself don't feel that way then as I advised you several times before. You may need to see a psychiatric.

Alexander Werner (53)
Monday October 15, 2012, 1:32 pm
I have a Jewish firend, whose son went to Israeli Army to defend his people from Arab terrorists of all stripes. He is risking his life to make sure that Israelis - Arab and Jewish alike - can go to discos, go to pizza shops and supermarkets without being blown up by Islamist suicide bombers earning their paradise for cheap.

Abdessalam, before saying anything about ways Israel treats Palestinian Arabs, say something about the ways Arab countries treat Palestinian Arabs: ethnic cleansing in Quwait, Ethnic cleansing in Iraq, mass stripping citizenship form tens of thousands of Palestinian Arabs in Jordan - the country where 60% of population are Palestinian Arabs!

Arab states did nothing to resolve the question of Palestinian Arabs, and a lot of things to make it worse. Look who is talking about shame!

Jelica R (144)
Monday October 15, 2012, 2:59 pm
I heard that Malala Yousafzai was getting better and she was stable enough to be transfered to a hospital in Great Britain today. :-)

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday October 16, 2012, 4:34 am
Yes Jelica, as stated on the website mentioned above for the get well card.

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Tuesday October 16, 2012, 8:51 am
Bob A.
I knew you will come back again with this.repeated comment.I know you will come back again talking about the tiny Israel and the more than 20 Arab countries and why they don't take Palestinians to live in Arab countries ........etc. The same old record that belongs to the old gramophones not to modern media players. For this reason I am sending you an Article about the WALL of apartheid published in the Israeli HAARETZ newspaper July 9,2004. Read if you can read.
ICJ: West Bank fence is illegal, Israel must tear it down
Ruling says security needs do not justify barrier; says completed fence could become 'tantamount to annexation' of Palestinian lands.
By Aluf Benn and Agencies | Jul.09, 2004 | 12:00 AM

The International Court of Justice ruled Friday in The Hague that the separation fence being built by Israel in the West Bank was in breach of international law, and called on Israel to tear it down and compensate Palestinians harmed by its construction.
"Israel is under an obligation to terminate its breaches of international law; it is under an obligation to cease forthwith the works of construction of the wall being built in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in and around East Jerusalem, to dismantle forthwith the structure therein situated," said the ruling, read by the court president, Judge Shi Jiuyong of China.
The court's non-binding advisory on the legality of the fence called on the United Nations Security Council to consider "further action" to stop the construction of the barrier.
"The court is of the view that the United Nations, and especially the General Assembly and the Security Council, should consider what further action is required to bring to an end the illegal situation resulting from the construction of the wall," said the court president.
He also urged the UN to "redouble its efforts" to end the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, which it said posed a threat to international peace.
In the ruling, the court said that Israel's security needs did not merit the construction of the barrier, stating that it "cannot be justified by military exigencies or by the requirements of national security or public order.
At the Palestinians' request, the UN General Assembly asked the World Court last December for its opinion on the legality of the barrier.
In the ruling, the court said that the barrier could become tantamount to annexation of Palestinian land if it is completed and that it impeded the Palestinian's right to self-rule.
"The Court considers that the construction of the wall and its associate regime creates a 'fait accompli' on the ground that could well become permanent, in which case, and notwithstanding the formal characterization by Israel, it would be tantamount to de facto annexation," the court said.
"That construction, along with measures previously taken, thus severely impeded the exercise by the Palestinian people of its right to self-determination."
Shi said the court had the right to give a non-binding advisory opinion requested by the UN General Assembly, despite Israel's claim to the contrary. "The Court cannot accept the view... that it has no jurisdiction because of the 'political' character of the question posed..." he said. "The court accordingly has jurisdiction to give the advisory opinion."
The court also said all countries "are under an obligation not to recognize the illegal situation resulting from the construction of the wall and not to render aid or assistance in maintaining the situation created by such construction."
The only dissenting voice was that of the American justice on the panel, Thomas Buergenthal. He was supported, however, by the Dutch judge, Pieter Kooijmans, in his rejection of the call for all countries to act against the project. The other 13 judges ruled in favor of this call.
The court questioned the route of the fence, saying that it would encompass 80 percent of the settlers in the West Bank, while cutting off more than 230,000 Palestinians from their surrounding areas.
The court said that in building the fence, Israel had violated international humanitarian law by infringing on Palestinians' freedom of movement and freedom to seek employment, education and health.
It also stated that Israel violated international treaties it had signed which deal with these topics: "The construction of such a wall accordingly constitutes breaches by Israel of its various obligations under the applicable international humanitarian law and human rights instruments."
The ruling includes a lengthy analysis of the legal situation and of the history of the Israeli occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Parts of the fence constructed within the Green Line are not included in the court's decision.


Angelika R (143)
Tuesday October 16, 2012, 11:34 am
Thx Abdessalam for providing us all with these details, some of them new to me so far. Interesting-and sad- to see where exactly the major business interests obviously lie,-what other reasons could the Netherlands have had. However, this will likely not impress our friend Bob I guess. Just as it never impressed Israeli govt.

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Wednesday October 17, 2012, 7:18 am
Hi Abdessalam

I wanted to post another comment on your post The Documentary That Should Make Every Decent Israeli Ashamed but for some reason it failed. It is about a ship sailing to Gaza.

Right now, a ship from Sweden is on it's way to Gaza! The ship, Estelle, is somewhere in Greek archipelago. There is a naval map on the site, Estelle is hiding her position because Israeli government has been playing it's standard game of bulling. Anyway, here it is:

They have a petition and updates which can be followed here: Home » For the media » Press releases.

It is good that efforts to break the siege have not halted after that terrible massacre in 2010. Every now and then, somebody tries to enter Gaza. Americans are the loudest, but here are groups from Ireland, Norway, Maleysia, Germany, GB... at least 2 atempts a year!

Down with all walls! Especially, tear down walls in human hearts and heads.


Abdessalam Diab (145)
Wednesday October 17, 2012, 7:20 am
Thanks jelican
Let us not only tear the wall but also end the siege.

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Wednesday October 17, 2012, 7:21 am
Sorry for the typing mistake. I meant Jelica

Barbara W (342)
Wednesday October 17, 2012, 2:07 pm
Important related info: Rabbinical Support for the End of Unconditional Military Aid to


The Jewish-Muslim Community Building Initiative

Kit B (276)
Wednesday October 17, 2012, 8:43 pm

Please tell me that Bob didn't just begin with I have a Jewish line should be...and they came up to the farmers house. Very tired line, Bob. Could maybe consider some new material? No one cares, Bob.

Thanks Angelika for sharing the link, now I can and will watch the movie. I have signed all of the petitions for Malala Yousufzai and seen the video by her friend that was shot at the same time. These men that shot the girls are indicative of those few who are outcasts by their own society.

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Thursday October 18, 2012, 6:23 am
Did you read these news. United press international reported this :

:Israel counted calories to limit Gaza food
Published: Oct. 18, 2012 at 3:00 AM
JERUSALEM, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- The Israeli military blockading the Gaza Strip calculated the smallest number of calories Gazans needed to avoid malnutrition, a declassified document said.
The figure worked out to a daily average of 2,279 calories a person, which could be supplied by 4 pounds of food, or 2,575.5 tons of food for Gaza's entire 1.7 million population, said the January 2008 "Food Consumption in the Gaza Strip -- Red Lines" document, ordered released by Israel's Supreme Court.
The Israeli Defense Ministry, which fought for 3 1/2 years to keep the Red Lines document classified, had argued to the court Israel had a right "to adopt a policy of 'economic warfare'" against Gaza's Hamas Sunni Islamic leadership.
Israel imposed the blockade and embargo on Gaza in September 2007, citing an intensification of rocket attacks on Israel three month after Hamas began governing Gaza. Israel and the United States classify Iranian-backed Hamas as a terrorist organization.
But in any case, the ministry's Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories told the court, the Red Lines document of PowerPoint slides was merely an internal draft that was never implemented, so there was no legal justification to disclose it.
The court rejected the argument, siding with Israeli human rights group Gisha, which filed a lawsuit against the military to force the document's release. Gisha and Palestinian officials had argued Israel's practices during a strict 2007-2010 food embargo closely mirrored the document's recommendations.
Those recommendations included how many truckloads of food were to be allowed in, how many calves Gazans would receive for slaughter -- 300 a week -- and what types of food would be banned, such as chocolate and olive oil, Gisha said.
The Red Lines document calculates the minimum number of calories needed by every age and gender group in Gaza, then uses this to determine the quantity of basic foods that must be allowed into the Strip each day, and how many trucks that would require.
If Israel were supplying all Gaza's food, the 2,575.5 tons for Gaza would require 170.4 truckloads a day, five days a week, the document said.
But the document's authors deducted 68.6 truckloads to account for vegetables, fruit, milk and meat Gaza produced locally -- and deducted 13 truckloads to adjust for the "culture and experience" of Gazans' food consumption.
Other counterbalancing calculations led COGAT to conclude Gaza needed 106 truckloads a day, five days a week, the document said.
Robert Turner, Gaza Strip operations director for the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz: "If this reflects an authentic policy intended to cap food imports, this Red Lines approach is contrary to humanitarian principles. If it is intended to prevent a humanitarian crisis by setting a minimum threshold, it has failed."
A COGAT official told Haaretz, "The quantification wasn't done in order to arrive at a minimum threshold or restrict the quantities, but the opposite -- to ensure that there was no shortage."
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak had no immediate comment. Nor did Ehud Olmert, who was prime minister at the time.
Under international pressure, Israel ended the restrictions on food in June 2010.
Israel continues to ban commercial exports and imports of products such as cement that Israel says could be used for military purposes. The movement of people in and out of Gaza is also restricted.

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Jelica R (144)
Thursday October 18, 2012, 3:41 pm
I am shocked by this cruel calculation, Abdessalam, but not surprised. Besides making money on misery they created, Israeli government has condemned Gaza to slow death from starvation. Sure, Gazans do produce some food on a soil depleted from overproduction, poisoned by war and using watter contaminated from sewage (both watter and sewage pipes are damaged and any maintenance or replacement materials are on banned material list). Also, there are severe shortages in electricity, fertilizers, medicine materials, and everything else.

I did a little calculation myself; Israeli government allows only 1,418 kCal of food supply daily per person, or about 2.5 pounds of food from recommended 4. If a person needs 30 kCal/day per kilo to maintain a basal metabolism (only internal organs' function), average Gazan weight's 47 kilos, according to Israeli government, and can't do anything except laying to preserve energy for hearth, lungs, brain, etc. The WHO says that a person which takes bellow 2,400 kCal/day is malnourished. If this is not sadistic...

Thus, Estelle must be stopped. Mavi Marmara had to be stopped and 20 peace activists killed. Nobody and nothing must not enter Gaza unless Israeli government OKs it. Hope and human spirit are hard to kill and every trace of international support nourish Palestinians' spirit. Even if Estelle never gets to Gaza, a big part of her mission is accomplished.

Currently, Estelle is expected to arrive in Al Arish, Egypt. Follow Estelle's journey | Ship to Gaza Sweden

There is a petition: Petition to end the blockade of Gaza

Jelica R (144)
Thursday October 18, 2012, 3:48 pm
Ship to Gaza Press releases

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Saturday October 20, 2012, 7:45 am
Petition signed.A total of 6489 signatures so far.I call on all friends to sign and spread the word.Thanks Jelica.

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Saturday October 20, 2012, 7:49 am
Estelle is being attacked
DATUM: 2012-10-20
According to Dror Feiler, spokesperson for Ship to Gaza Sweden, Estelle was attacked at 10.15 AM CET. Five or six military vessels surrounded Estelle. Soldiers wearing masks are now trying to board the ship. The attack took place on international waters: N31 26 E33 45

Jelica R (144)
Saturday October 20, 2012, 5:47 pm
Estelle was escorted to Ashdod, Israel. Passengers were arrested and now are under custody of Immigration office. Makes me wonder where are Israeli borders exactly. Position N31 26 E33 45 is about 40 naval miles from Gaza, far from Israeli territorial waters or Palestinian territorial waters, to be accurate it was in Egyptian waters.

I was looking for Estelle on Live Ships Map last night at 4AM local time and the quadrant where Estelle was, according to tweets, was not available, so I think that IDF has blocked all electronic devices in that area. This map shows that Estelle is now in Israeli port Ashdod. The Ship to Gaza Sweden site was unavailable this morning when I tried to check in. Now the site is available, stating that they are under attack, recommending following through Facebook and Twitter #estelle.

According to twitter#estelle, IDS did use violence, including tasers. Passengers might still be on the board, and contact with the ambassadors was denied.

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. (0)
Monday October 22, 2012, 3:01 pm
Thanks for this important post Abdessalam. Palestinians have been living in open air concentration camps for a long time now-being denied enough food and medicine. Anyone with a heart feels shame

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Tuesday October 30, 2012, 1:42 am
Great article! Great article! Thank you, Gideon! Thank you for saying what every Israeli should know.
Thank you, Abdessalam, for posting.

I unfortunately cannot promote this post or thank Angie for her alert on it via C2 messaging, because I cannot send out ANY messages, including those I would have sent to my friends about my own posts!
I get a little window that says 'javascript void' or 'javascript 0' & I don't know how to fix that.

Can't send Abdessalam a green star for this post - already sent one to thank him for welcoming me back to C2.

Thank you, Jelica, for giving me credit for my post on 'Five Broken Cameras,' where I posted Democracy Now's coverage of the documentary, which is an interview with the filmmakers that includes clips from the film. In fact, Democracy Now! devoted 2 programs to the film, on successive days, but I posted just Part I.

I have actually seen 'Five Broken Cameras' - it was shown on a French TV channel recently. You can still watch it online on the French Channel 5 (France 5) site, but it's in French.

I, too, like all decent people, am appalled by the outrageous attack on the 14-yr-old Pakistani girl, Malala Yousafzai, by criminal fundamentalists, that has left her with terrible head wounds.
I saw an Italian woman journalist who has her own show on Italian TV {'alle Falde del Kilimangiaro' (At the Foot of Kilimanjaro)}, tell Malala's story, & have her voice break twice in the telling, so overwhelmed with emotion at this atrocity was she. She scolded herself for failing to keep her composure, because her objective was to honor & celebrate this 'bambina straodinaria' (extraordinary teen) & 'the great lady' that Malala is. ( )
Thanks to this Italian journalist, Licia Colo, I found out that Malala had become widely known (before the attack) as a campaigner for girls' education in Pakistan as a result of a diary she wrote for the BBC in Urdu under a pseudonym, "about life under the Taliban, when they banned all girls from attending school. Her writings were non-political, but clearly reflected her desire for female education. They mostly talked about her school, studies, life at home and friends. Malala's diaries were published for 10 weeks. The diaries stopped when Malala and her family left the Swat valley before the launch of a military operation in May 2009. That was end of her association with the BBC.

After the Pakistani army regained control of Swat, Malala was able to return to Mingora later in 2009. Her father decided to disclose her real name when he nominated her for an international peace prize.

Malala began appearing on Pakistani TV news channels under her real identity, named as the girl behind the BBC Urdu blog. She was awarded a national peace prize by the Pakistani government, nominated for an international award and made several public appearances as a campaigner for girls' rights to education. Her fame spread far beyond Pakistan, as she stared in a documentary filmed by the The New York Times. ..." There are a few excerpts translated into English on the BBC site.

Her wonderful, supportive father, Ziauddin Yousafzai said his daughter would "rise again" to pursue her dreams 26 Oct 2012 .
18 hours ago - 29 October 2012 - BBC: "Doctors at the Birmingham hospital have said Malala is still weak but could make a good recovery": that is the caption on a photo of Malala, looking quite alert & normal, except for a black eye, that, in fact, is light green; it's the photo that illustrates the latest article on her.

Gillian M (218)
Monday November 26, 2012, 2:48 pm
a news extract

nearly sixty years after the painful experiences of loss and flight they recount, they still wait for their stories to be told.

In one, a Jewish woman from Alexandria describes her youth in Egypt:

After the [1948] war broke out, my mother was arrested in her ninth month of pregnancy, and they wanted to slaughter her; they threatened her with bayonets and abused her…. One evening a mob came to kill our family with sticks and anything they could lay their hands on, because they heard we were Jews. The gatekeeper swore to them that we were Italian, and so they only cursed us, surrounding my parents, my brothers, and myself, only a small baby. The next day my parents ran away, leaving everything—pension, work, and home—behind.1

On another page, Mordechai Karo, also Egyptian-born, testifies about an explosive device planted in a Jewish neighborhood in Cairo in the summer of 1948: “The tremendous explosion killed and injured scores of Jews in the neighborhood. One of these casualties was my young daughter Aliza.”

Abdesalam, note that there are some 1 million Jewish refugees from Middle Eastern countries with no right of return and no compensation. Now there is now a similar situation with Christians, people who lived there for hundreds of years before Mohammed was even thought of. They are raped, murdered, abused, forcibly converted and made to live on a rubbish tip.

Mubarak may have been a dictator but at least the people had a reasonable life style. Now the Muslim Brotherhood is bringing in paedophilia, slave marriages as well as female abuses and making it legal. Morsi has passed a law making everything that he does unchallengeable.

Saudi women being tracked.

Christians being killed world wide as are many Muslims. N Mali is a genuine concentration camp and where are you? Hiding in your shack!

Jelica R (144)
Monday November 26, 2012, 4:31 pm
Really? The Muslim Brotherhood "bringing in paedophilia, slave marriages as well as female abuses and making it legal"? Have specific laws been written and applied? When? Or is it your usual islamophobia speaking?

What you don't get is that 2 wrongs does not make right. We should expose and condemn injustices, regardless of who the perpetrators are. I find it hard to believe in your sincere care for mid-eastern Christians and other minorities when you never said a word about Christians in Gaza who were also victims of IDF's sophisticated weapons and IDF's often expressed dedication to avoid civilian victims. And don't start with that old lie that Hamas didn't care for Palestinian civilians enough to build shelters. We've been deconstructing this Hasbara myth in many previous posts.

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