Wednesday, 14 December 2011

New film documents resilience of Bedouin village destroyed 30 times by Israel

Nora Barrows-Friedman spoke with Jillian Kestler-D’Amours — filmmaker, journalist and frequent contributor to The Electronic Intifada — about Sumoud, which she filmed, edited, and directed for the Alternative Information Center (AIC) in Jerusalem, and the ongoing struggle in al-Araqib.

For nearly a year and a half, the Bedouin villagers of al-Araqib in the Naqab (Negev) have been incessantly brutalized by the Israeli government and the Jewish National Fund (JNF) in an ongoing, broad-daylight ethnic cleansing operation.

The village has been razed to the ground approximately thirty times since July 2010, and yet, as The Electronic Intifada has reported, the villagers — who are Israeli citizens — remain steadfast by rebuilding, regrouping and resisting after each demolition.

Focusing especially on the courage and determination of al-Araqib’s women, young and old, as forefronts of the resistance, the new documentary film Sumoud (steadfastness in Arabic) offers a valuable glimpse into the daily struggle of villagers to hold onto their land, their livelihoods and their heritage. more

Israeli troops open fire east of Gaza City seriously injuring one resident

Palestinian Medical Sources in the Gaza Strip reported that one resident was seriously wounded, on Wednesday morning, after the Israeli army opened fire at him east of Gaza city.

The sources stated that the resident, in his twenties, was shot in the thigh, and he was moved to a nearby hospital or treatment.

On Tuesday, two Palestinians, including one child, were injured after the Israeli army invaded an area east of the Al-Boreij refugee camp, in the central Gaza Strip.

Several military vehicles, tanks and army bulldozers invaded the area and uprooted trees and farmlands.

Furthermore, soldiers invaded an area east of Gaza city and opened fire at random; damage was reported, but no injuries. more