Corroborating B’Tselem’s report on Israeli shootings of Palestinian youth

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The Israeli human rights organization recently released a report on the Israeli army’s increased use of 0.22 caliber bullets against Palestinian youth at clashes and demonstrations. A few years back I was asked by B’Tselem to testify about the shootings I had witnessed on the streets of Bethlehem, particularly in Aida Refugee Camp. This post for +972 Magazine is the first time I’ve publicly gone into detail about several instances I witnessed of youth shot by Israeli snipers:

Why the Israeli military uses a silenced rifle as a crowd control weapon is puzzling and counter-intuitive. But as eyewitness to . . .

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Photos: Activists hold mass at the barrier blocking Bethlehem

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I’ve covered the prayerful protest in the West Bank town of Beit Jala from the time it began in 2011 until I left Palestine in June. OnFaith has published my most recent published work on the topic, since the latest Israeli court hearing in the case took place on November 30. . . .

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Vice features West Bank wall-smashing action

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Vice has published, as part of a story about Activestills, one of the most satisfying journalistic moments during my time in Palestine. I’d already posted stories on +972 and AIC at the time of the direct action, but it’s nice to get the broad exposure and recognition of this publication. Here’s text that I submitted to accompany it (since it was published on Vice’s French site):

One of the advantages of being an activist journalist is getting invited to actions no one else is trusted to shoot–in this case, a direct action to break a hole in the Israeli . . .

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My evolving manifesto: ‘Co-resistance before co-existence’

A Palestinian and a Jewish Israeli activist confront Israeli soldiers during a weekly demonstration against the occupation and separation wall in the West Bank village of Al Ma'sara, April 5, 2013.

I haven’t done much shooting since relocating to Oslo about two months ago, but I have been busy. One of my most recent projects was to represent Activestills at the Edinburgh Radical Book Fair on October 24. There was a gallery exhibition that displayed during the entire fair, and I had the opportunity to speak on Friday night while presenting slides and stories. The turnout was great, certainly 200+, and the audience was very engaged. I also had the honor of speaking before Raja Shehada, who offered some very kind words of affirmation after my talk. . . .

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My first Oslo protest: Global ‘People’s Climate March’ demands action

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It was nice to be in the streets again. Thousands marched through central Oslo, Norway, to support action on global climate change. According to worldwide organizers of the global “People’s Climate March”, the Oslo demonstration was one of 2,808 solidarity events in 166 countries.

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VIDEO: Shooting an exodus in a dust storm

Pillar of cloud: A dust storm swirls over Iraqis fleeing ISIS-controlled Mosul at the Khazer checkpoint operated by the Kurdish peshmerga forces between Nineveh and Erbil province, Iraqi Kurdistan, July 23, 2014.

Like most photographers, I don’t have many photos of myself because I’m always the one behind the camera. So it’s always nice when one of your companions take a shot of you at work. In this case, a video shot by one of the Christian Peacemaker Team members that invited me along to document the insanity at Khazer checkpoint as thousands of people were fleeing ISIS-held Mosul. Also, there was this big-ass dust storm—which I think looks a lot worse on the video than it really was.

Aside from making me look all cool and collected in the face . . .

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Iraq: An exodus of religious minorities flees Islamist militias

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A highlight of my time in Iraq was tagging along with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) as they made a visit to Khazer checkpoint. There, Kurdish peshmerga forces are regulating movement between Nineveh Province—where Islamist forces known as ISIS have seized control of Mosul—and Erbil Province—where Kurdish forces have maintained relative safety and stability while the rest of Iraq is in turmoil. I had traveled through this checkpoint several times while visiting other parts of Nineveh Province outside of ISIS control, but this was the first time I could get out of the car and meet at least a few of the people streaming through this bottleneck. . . .

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10 years since the Israeli wall declared illegal, debunking persistent myths

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Though obscured by the ongoing massacre in Gaza, a recent milestone in Israel’s flouting of international law was the 10th anniversary of the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) declaration that Israel’s separation wall is illegal. Yet even after 10 years, myths about the wall’s rationale and route continue to proliferate in Western media. …

The repeated claim that the wall stopped suicide bombings is rooted in a logical fallacy which wrongly assumes that correlation proves causation and ignores more significant factors that explain the drop in attacks.

As early as 2006, Haaretz, citing Shin Bet sources, was reporting that:

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In Iraq with Gaza on my mind: What ‘no country in the world’ should tolerate

A child stands  amid the rubble of the destroyed Al Dalu family home, Gaza City December 3, 2012. Ten members of the Al Dalu family were killed, as well as two neighbors, by an Israeli air strike on their three-story home on November 18, 2012. Four of those killed were children, and four were women.

I got sick of hearing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his spokespeople repeating the specious line that “no country in the world” would agree to live under the threat of rockets from Gaza. As if that threat somehow excused the overwhelming violence that his military was unleashing on so many innocent civilians. So I wrote this essay for +972 Magazine, accompanied by photos of past Gaza bombardments and the current situation in Iraq. Check it out. . . .

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VIDEO: Bethlehemites deported to Gaza after 2002 church siege

An Israeli tank occupies Bethlehem's Manger Square in front of the Church of the Nativity in 2002.

My first visit to Palestine was a little over 12 years ago, just days after the end of the siege of the Church of the Nativity by Israeli forces. Following the siege, 13 Palestinians were exiled to Europe and 26 to the Gaza Strip. In my last visit to Gaza this year, I happened to meet some of the Bethlehemite deportees as they rallied in front of UN offices to present a similar petition to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. In this video, spokesman Fahmi Kanan explains the situation faced by Bethlehem deportees in the open air prison that is Gaza. . . .

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