21 June '15
As with most every Shabbat for the last 10 years, a tour through the Casbah of Hevron did take place yesterday, a bit noisier than usual as it is Ramadan, but definitely closing out with a bang. Also not surprisingly, the normal assortment of varied European and American anarchists, leftists, and general promoters of conflict were present and accounted for. The film below is a product of the ISM, our resident keffiyah clad wannabees, but who do show a bit more caution then their former poster child Rachel Corrie.
One of the participants, now to be known as "The Other Side of the Gate" felt the ISM's introduction was worthy of a response, and with no further ado -
Hey there! So, I have a different opening statement:
During the month of Tammuz, Palestinian Authority residents of Hebron continue to increase the tension in the old city of Hebron. Armed Israeli forces were required to protect the unarmed Jewish families as they attempted to pass through the Old City market customarily closed to Jews.
Jews peacefully confronted this racial and religious persecution, showing their objection by leaving their ghetto which comprises approximately 3-percent of the city to walk quietly through the marketplace. They were faced with threats, physical and verbal intimidation, followed by stones -- for no other reason than that they dared to cross the line in protest of apartheid. Israeli residents then left the market as the hostile population chanted Allah Hu Akbar, pushing against the gate which protects the Jewish population from their neighbors. Stun grenades afterward were necessary to scatter the threatening mob.
The Other Side of the Gate
As is to be expected with any ISM product, the missing context takes place at 1:25, as at 1:24 everyone is out the gate, then an edit pause and at 1:26 the flash-bangs are going over the gate. The teen in green at 1:25 seemed to know what was about to happen and is making tracks to move away. As he does reappear again at 1:39-1:48 one can try to surmise what seems to being passed from one hand to another. The camera angle throughout seems to spend a good deal of time covering ground and feet, but to raise it higher would likely have ended up including some not so innocent throwers of other objects in the film.
Some days you just gotta smile.