Creating people's geographies
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)