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Broken Lives and Families in Bil'in

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The slightest provocation or none at all unleashes repression harsh enough at times to kill. Advanced Israeli weapons are used. Bystanders and people in homes are affected.

"Anyone who watches this film understands that it is very difficult to face the wall, the settlement project and the soldiers - all of which scream 'violence' - and remain nonviolent. Nearly impossible."

Burnat's cameras were destroyed five times. Soldiers were responsible three times. Once ultra-Orthodox extremist settlers deserve blame, and another time a traffic accident caused damage enough to prevent filming.

In fact, damage occurred many other times. The film depicts incidents in which equipment was rendered inoperable. Ruined parts were displayed as evidence.

Something much deeper is involved. "A reality has been broken by broken cameras." Most Israelis don't know what goes on. They're cocooned safely away from occupation harshness. 

Perhaps they prefer it that way. Best not to know what's done in their names. Media reports suppress it. Films like "5 Broken Cameras" and others fill roles they spurn superbly.

"Anyone who some day wants to learn what was happening here during these cursed decades will hardly find what he is looking for in the newspaper and television archives. He will find it in the documentary movie archive, which is rescuing Israel's honor."

Burnat and Davidi's film has been shown in many countries, at festivals and commercial screenings. It shows some of the worst of occupation harshness. "The IDF and Border Police come out looking bad."

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Even in film they look like "storm troopers." View the film if able and decide for yourself. Daily deadly violence it depicts is "appalling."

Netanyahu and other officials like to boast about Israeli enlightenment. Perhaps they haven;t seen the film. Doing so might give them second thoughts. 

"Anyone who knows what is happening in Bil'in and the other villages understands that a state that behaves in this way cannot be considered democratic or enlightened."

Life goes on in Bil'in like earlier. Daily violence and weekly demonstrations reveal what few outsiders understand. Longstanding injustices remain unresolved. 

Throughout Occupied Palestine, terrorized people struggle to be free. Bil'in is a microcosm of what millions of others face daily. Somehow they persist and endure.

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Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at Email address removed

His new book is titled "How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War"

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