ISRAEL-PALESTINE

by tybmmjourno

Israel –Palestine issue :Media Coverage And The Hope

The American media may have reported in detail about issues in Israel, but has missed out on a lot reporting in the Palestine. A lot of war crimes taking place in Israeli occupied Palestinian territories are just not covered by the media.

Palestinians live in unhappy and oppressive conditions. They have absolutely no freedom of movement and no power over their lives. Even, though, in some parts Israel has allowed a Palestinian entity to administer some municipal functions as education, health care, infrastructure and policing, Israel has a strong hold on the overall power.

According to international law, an occupying force is responsible for the protection of the civilian population living under its control. Israel, however, routinely commits violations of the Geneva Conventions, a set of principles established after World War II to ensure that civilians would never again suffer as they had under Nazi occupation. Israel is one of the leading violators of these principles today.

Israeli forces regularly confiscate private land; imprison individuals without  proper judicial process and physically abuse them in custody ; raze family homes; bulldoze orchards and crops; place entire cities under curfew; destroy shops and businesses; shoot, maim, and kill civilians – and Palestinians watch this in utter helplessness.

A lot of sexual occurs in Israeli prisons, especially in the case of children. Soldiers who arrest children, sexually abuse them in prisons and the parents have no means of protecting their children.

Palestinians cannot leave Gaza or the West Bank unless Israeli guards allow them to. If they have been allowed out, they cannot return to their homes and families unless Israeli guards permit it.

Academicians invited to attend conferences abroad, high school students given US State Department scholarships to study in the United States, mothers wishing to visit daughters abroad, American citizens returning to their families, humanitarians bringing wheelchairs have all been denied permission by Israel to leave or enter their own land.

However I’d like to talk about the ray of hope and a huge relief that came to the Palestinians on December 1 2012. The 193-nation United .Nations General Assembly approved the de facto recognition of the sovereign state of Palestine. The vote was held on the 65th anniversary of the adoption of U.N. resolution 181 that partitioned Palestine into separate Jewish and Arab states.Thousands of flag-waving Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip set off fireworks and danced in the streets to celebrate the vote. The Israel Palestine issue is one which is far more complex than the Kashmir issue in india and to achieve this kind of a status is unbelieveable and remarkable and the first step towards complete Palestinian independence.

Another very unsual and unexpected achievement that Palestine scored this year was the Oscar nomination of the FIVE BROKEN CAMERAS. This is a documentary co-directed by Palestinian Emad Burnat and Israeli Guy Davidi. There are five cameras — each with a story of their own. When his fourth son, Gibreel, is born in 2005, self-taught cameraman Emad Burnat, a Palestinian villager, gets his first camera Discovering that the fence would cut through their agricultural land, separating them from 50% of it, the villagers began protests.

For the next year, Burnat filmed  this struggle, which was  led by two of his best friends, while at the same time recorded the growth of his son. Very soon, these events begin to affect his family and his own life. Daily arrests, violent attacks, bulldozers knocking down olive trees, the loss of life and night raids in the village scare his family. There is a lot of violence happening around.  Emad used one camera after another to document these events , but they’re all   shot or smashed. Each camera unfolds a part of of the story. The first year, Emad filmed mainly for activists needs. His footage was introduced as evidence in Israeli court and put on youtube to create awareness for the growing movement. In 2007 the Israeli Supreme Court ordered the fence rerouted, and four years later, after village access to some of the land was restored, the demonstrations were called off.

Eventually, in 2009 Burnat approached Guy Davidi – an Israeli filmmaker and together they made a film  from the stories in  these five broken cameras.

Whith the media’s interest in his village growing, Emad’s footage gained international recognition and was used by local and international news agencies. Emad started working as a freelance photographer to Reuters and provided footage to filmmakers to document the villagers’ fight in notable films such as Shai Carmeli Pollac’s “Bil’in, my love” and Guy Davidi’s and Alesandre Goetschmann “Interrupted Streams”. I canll the Oscar nomination of the five broken cameras an extraordinary achievement, because

  1. It is being aired in a country which supports the Israeli army.
  2. Hollywood is strongly dominated by Jewish actors and directors such as Steven Speilberg, Dustin Hoffman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Junior and the list goes on.

So the years 2012 and 2013 have been if i can say, fantastic for Palestinians and such achievements only reinforce and maintain the hope for world peace.

S.TANUJA SURENDRA

TY.BMM

SOPHIA COLLEGE

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