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The Israeli Killing Zone and Deir Yassin Remembered

Two excellent videos. The first offers an on-the-ground look at what is going on in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, militarily occupied by Israel: youngsters and civilians being terrorised and several foreigners being deliberately targeted and killed to discourage the outside world scrutinizing the Israeli regime’s actions. This is an eyewitness report from Dispatchers Reporter Sandra Jordan on the unconscionable Israeli violence in Gaza directed both at Palestinian civilians as well as international aid volunteers and foreign reporters.

Produced by Rodrigo Vasquez and broadcast by Channel 4 in the UK (one could not imagine its equivalent broadcast in the USA, not even PBS), this 2006 report is, sadly, one of the best I have seen in terms of showing the daily impact of shocking Israeli violence on Palestinians, at a human level.

Within hours of arriving Sandra and Rodrigo are shot at and tear-gassed by Israeli troops breaking up a memorial service for Rachel Corrie, an American peace activist crushed by an Israeli Army bulldozer two days before—deliberately. Tom Hurndall and James Miller, a British peace protester and British cameraman were also both shot by the IDF, leaving one in a coma,and the other shot dead. While this is disturbing, it is a raw and important window into the levels of violence to which Palestinians are daily subject, particularly in but not limited to Gaza.

Following this, having just passed the sixtieth anniversary of the Deir Yassin massacre, a timely reflection from Deir Yassin Remembered on the pivotal event of the Nakba and what it means for Israelis and Palestinians today.

Dispatches: The Killing Zone (49 minutes)

Deir Yassin Remembered (33 minutes)

3 comments on “The Israeli Killing Zone and Deir Yassin Remembered

  1. Patrick Wheelhouse
    27 June, 2008

    My God, war is so horrible. Sandra Jordon you are incredibly brave. I had no idea, I am mortified. My God those poor children. I’m so sorry, where is the humanity. It just breaks my heart to see this horrible truth. I will never forget this video ” The Killing Zone “. Thank You Sandra, the world needs to see the plight of these people.

  2. Kenny Palm
    12 January, 2009

    I wish God will give the world 25 Sandra Jordan
    to show the entire world what is going on in
    I like to now how to download this two vide clips
    to show fellow citizen the real truth abour this war.
    They still don’t believe who the agressor is.
    Hoping on a soon reply yours, I remain.
    K. Palm

  3. M Sheehy
    7 November, 2009

    Brave and noble work by all involved in bringing us the truth. You have my appreciation and solidarity. The israeli war crimes sicken me. The tolerance of israeli atrocities in the Western governments is infuriating and will only change when the majority of voters are made aware of how insanely cruel and evil the IDF terrorists are. We must make our immoral politicians apply real pressure on the racist terrorist fundamentalists running Israel.

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