West Bank 2011: One year of Humiliation in a Two Minutes Video


It is a new year in the West Bank.

And on Christmas, a rainy and great wind swept over the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Trees bent and roofs rattled but the wind couldn’t carry away the suffering, vulnerability and the long 365 days of humiliation.

Israeli border soldier stands guard during repeated clashes with Palestinian demonstrators in the West Bank town of Qalandia in 2011

IN the so called Middle East’s only democracy, they do not do guillotines. But there are other innovative rituals of humiliation, designed to reassure the Palestinians that every New Year could well be their last in the land of olive trees. As the wind calms down everything returns to normal, but not for the Palestinians, they don’t.

Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem may be best known for is its camera project, which started in 2007 when the organization began distributing video cameras to Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza. These cameras are often the only object Palestinians can “arm” themselves with in the face of discrimination, oppression and violence waged against them.

In 2011, volunteers in B’Tselem’s camera project filmed over 500 hours of footage in the West Bank. These are two minutes they collected and edited from it, depicting life under occupation and military rule, as a way to sum up the year that passed.

Sources: +972 website & B’Tselem’s Facebook page.

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One thought on “West Bank 2011: One year of Humiliation in a Two Minutes Video

  1. All of us know that reason will win out eventually. What the population of Palestine will be then is unknown.

    The objectives of the occupiers cannot be met and the world will come to realise that the apartheid attitudes and ethnic cleansing will become known to all.

    When that happens, you will return to your country and live as the owners of your land.

    I am sure of this.

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