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Palestinian youth shot from behind: What Israeli forces are doing in village of Budrus?

A teenage boy was killed by Israeli soldiers on the separation barrier close to the West Bank village of Budrus yesterday, shot from behind as he was running away, according to Palestinian accounts.

Samir Awad, 17, was among a group of boys who had just completed an exam on the last day of school before a midterm break when they approached the barrier, reports said. The Israeli Defense Forces said the youths were “attempting to infiltrate into Israel“, and its soldiers “responded immediately”. It confirmed live fire was used.

in Budrus posted in guardian.co.uk onJan. 15, 2013 under: “Israeli forces shot youth in the back as he ran away, say Palestinians”

Relatives of Samir Awad

Relatives of Samir Awad 17 mourn his death at a hospital in Ramallah, to where his body was taken after the shooting. Photograph: Issam Rimawi/Zuma Press/Corbis

“According to villagers, Samir was grabbed by soldiers who were concealed in a trench. He broke free and was running away when a soldier or soldiers opened fire. He was hit by three or four bullets, in his head, torso and leg.

Ayed Morrar, a member of the village popular resistance committee, said: “They shot him in cold blood, they shot him in the back. He wasn’t threatening them.” He said there had been no stone-throwing at the time of the shooting.

Samir, one of 15 siblings, was buried in the village cemetery overlooking the separation barrier on Tuesday afternoon. A large group of men and boys, some carrying Fatah and Hamas flags, accompanied his shrouded body to the grave.

His brother Jibril, 23, wearing a blood-soaked T-shirt, said he had rushed to help Samir as soon as he heard about the shooting.

Jibril said: “The soldiers prevented me from getting near him at first. There was a soldier on top of him.”

He said his family had lost more than five acres of land and 3,000 olive trees when the separation barrier was constructed on Budrus land. His mother had been injured in protests against the route of the barrier, and he had been jailed three times for taking part in popular resistance actions. “All our family has suffered from the wall,” he said.

Budrus was the first West Bank village to organize regular weekly protests against the barrier and eventually succeeded in getting its route changed. An eponymous documentary film about the village’s struggle was released in 2009. (See note)

After Samir’s funeral, soldiers fired teargas at village youths who gathered near the barrier.

Mouin Awad said Samir’s death could trigger further confrontations between villagers and the IDF. “We will throw rocks and protest. What else can we do?”

The IDF said an investigation into “reports regarding a wounded Palestinian” was under way.

On Monday a 21-year-old Gaza man died after being shot in the head by Israeli forces, according to Palestinian officials. The IDF denied being involved.

On Saturday a 21-year-old Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli troops while trying to cross the barrier near the southern West Bank town of Dura.

On Friday a 22-year-old man was killed and another injured by Israeli forces in northern Gaza, according to reports.

Meanwhile, the Israeli military said it had discovered a shaft leading to a tunnel dug from Gaza.

The opening was around 100 metres inside Israeli territory and was intended “to execute terror attacks against Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers on Israeli territory”, the IDF said.

Note:

Julia Basha is Brazilian or Lebanese descent who directed and produced the award-winning movie “Budrus” (2009).

This movie is a narrative of the community of Budrus in the West Bank who united to peacefully demonstrate against the Wall of Shame planned to cut the village.  All the political factions of Fateh, Hamas…and families joined forces and were supported by Israeli and foreign activists:  They marched every day to the construction site and girls stood in front of bulldozers that were rooting out olive trees…

Finally, the Israeli authority gave up on the project for the Wall of separation to pass by the village.

Julia explained the cognitive dissonance of why foreign media refused to cover this wonderfully achievement.  It seems that the media professionals had their mental model or coherent story concerning the conflict and this new aspect of peaceful Palestinian cohesion didn’t match the model.  Thus, Julia said that narrative stories are the most effective medium to changing perspectives on a story.

The film was shown to a group of Tea Party sympathizers who believe that private property is the cornerstone for independence of State government plans.  A large man asked Julia: “Didn’t the Israeli government pay for the proprietors of the land?

Israel don’t pay for anything owned by Palestinian, but Julia replied:  “A few accepted to sell but most of them refused.  They believed that if the Israeli government got its way once, it will repeat its nasty behavior.” 

The man beamed:  this story didn’t contradict his mental model.

Julia Basha co-wrote and edited “Control Room” (2004),  and co-directed “Encounter Point” (2006)

One party is Confronting advancing bulldozers without weapons: Is that a “non-violent” activity? What happened in the Palestinian town of Budrus?

Do you think that a person blocking the advance of a bulldozer or a tank is a non-violent confrontation?

Julia Basha produced a documentary of the non-violent struggle of the Palestinian community of Budrus in the West Bank.  This movie is a narrative of the community of Budrus who united to peacefully demonstrate against the Wall of Shame of Sharon. The Wall of separation was planned to cut the village in half and restrict daily communication and trade with neighboring towns and villages. 

All the Palestinian political factions of Fateh, Hamas…and families joined forces and were supported by Israeli and foreign peaceful activists:  They marched every day to the construction site and girls stood in front of bulldozers that were rooting out olive trees… Finally, the Israeli authority gave up on the project for the Wall of separation to pass by the village.

Do you feel when seeing these kinds of scenes, bare bodies defying the power-to-be machineries, as totally non violent? Which scene is more scary and violent: A body standing in front of an advancing tank or two people shooting at one another? Which scene is more scary and violent: A body sitting in front of an advancing bulldozer or one person shooting at another person hiding behind a barrier?

You have two parties confronting one another: One party is bearing arms and the other party has no weapons, but is ready to stand against indignities, humiliation, and survival of the bullying group who refuses to negotiate according to international human rights laws and rules…

Do you think that confrontations not based on legal and just laws, without strong-arm behavior looming behind the scene, can be labelled non-violent?

A body defying a raging bulldozer has reached a state of no return in a climate of total outrage and impotence to getting his just and fair rights.  The bulldozer driver who presses on the gas pedal and harvest a living person has reached an hysteric state of total apartheid and racist mind-set. Both parties are violent in their confrontations, regardless of weapon imbalance, simply because the political environment, which was emptied of any human rights and social values, is a violent climate and refuses any considerations of equitable human status…

Julia Basha believe that narrative stories are the most effective medium to changing perspectives on a story.  She explained the cognitive dissonance of why foreign media refused to cover this peaceful non-violent wonderfully achievement.  for example, FOX News is watched by over 80 million Americans, and this media has manufactured a violent ideology based on “Your rights are what you gained by strong-arm methods…”  This media then turns around and explains: “Hey, I am delivering what the audience want to watch as news…”  You are not going to expect Fox news or any violent and biased medias to displaying non-violent activities, especially when this activities generate success results…

It seems that the media professionals had their mental model or coherent story concerning the conflict and this new aspect of peaceful Palestinian cohesion didn’t match the model.  Thus, Julia said that narrative stories are the most effective medium to changing perspectives on a story.

The “Budrus” film was shown to a group of Tea Party sympathizers who believe that private property is the cornerstone for independence of State government plans.  A large man asked Julia: “Didn’t the Israeli government pay for the proprietors of the land?”  Israel don’t pay for anything owned by Palestinian, but Julia was witty and replied:  “A few accepted to sell, but most of them refused.  They believed that if the Israeli government got its way once, it will repeat its nasty behavior.”  The man beamed:  this story didn’t contradict his mental model. 

The Palestinians in the occupied territories of West Bank and Gaza have been conducting non-violent marches, demonstrations, and activities for decades, but the US and western medias refrained from showing this side of the story. If the Palestinian non-violent activities are shut-down from the mass audience, how can people pay attention to the Palestinian plights?

If the successive US administrations are refraining to applying UN charters in the Palestinian just cause, and steadfastly side with Israel stron-arm policies, how do you think the Palestinians should behave?

Note: Julia Basha is Brazilian or Lebanese descent who directed and produced the award-winning movie “Budrus” (2009).   Julia Basha co-wrote and edited “Control Room” (2004),  and co-directed “Encounter Point” (2006)


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