5 Broken Cameras Screening and Fundraiser

February 23, 2014


Islamic Relief at the University of Alberta, a new student group on the university campus, is hosting a film screening of the 2013 Academy Award Nominated Palestinian film 5 Broken Cameras to raise awareness around the suffering that both Palestinian and Syrian refugees face.

5 Broken Cameras
Film screening and discussion
Wednesday, February 26 (5:00 – 7:00 pm)
Telus Building Room 236/238
Corner of 111 Street & 87 Avenue, University of Alberta Campus
(Click here for map)

Everyone is welcome! Admission to the event is by donation, and all proceeds will be going towards Syrian and Palestinian refugees. Light refreshments will be provided!

About 5 Broken Cameras:

5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, the footage was later given to Israeli co-director Guy Davidi to edit. Structured around the violent destruction of each one of Burnat’s cameras, the filmmakers’ collaboration follows one family’s evolution over five years of village turmoil. Burnat watches from behind the lens as olive trees are bulldozed, protests intensify, and lives are lost. “I feel like the camera protects me,” he says, “but it’s an illusion.”

Event: 5 Broken Cameras Film Screenings

June 29, 2012

Metro Cinema and DOCTALK present screenings of the new film 5 Broken Cameras.

5 Broken Cameras Opening Night Screening
Friday, July 20 (7:00 pm)
Metro Cinema at the Garneau Theatre (8712-109 Street)

Help spread the word! Invite your friends to the Facebook event.

About the film:

When his fourth son, Gibreel, is born, Emad, a Palestinian villager, gets his first camera. In his village, Bil’in, a separation barrier is being built and the villagers start to resist this decision. For more than five years, Emad films the struggle, which is lead by two of his best friends, alongside filming how Gibreel grows. Very soon it affects his family and his own life. Daily arrests and night raids scare his family; his friends, brothers and him as well are either shot or arrested. One camera after another is shot at or smashed, each camera tells a part of his story.

The opening night screening is presented by DOCTALK, a monthly partnership with Doc Alberta, which provides an opportunity for discourse around documentaries through post-screening discussions. Both of the film’s directors will be joining us via Skype for a Q&A after the film. The Q&A will be facilitated by members of the Palestine Solidarity Network-Edmonton.  Preceding the feature is the short documentary ‘Chad Van Gaalen’ by local filmmaker Ramin Eshraghi-Yazdi.

In addition to the opening night screening, 5 Broken Cameras will also be playing at Metro Cinema on the following days:

Saturday, July 21 at 5:00 pm and 9:30 pm
Sunday, July 22 at 12:30 pm and 7:00 pm
Monday, July 23 at 9:30 pm
Tuesday, July 24 at 7:00 pm
Wednesday, July 25 at 9:15 pm

Israel Arrests Bil’in Activist Mohammed Khatib

January 29, 2010

Mohammed Khatib during a visit to Montreal. Photo: Valerian Mazataud

A report from the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee.

In the highest profile arrest of the recent wave of repression against West Bank popular struggle, Israeli soldiers arrested Mohammed Khatib on January 28 before dawn. Khatib is a member of Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlement in the West Bank village of Bil’in and the coordinator of the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee.

At a quarter to two AM tonight, Mohammed Khatib, his wife Lamia and their four young children were woken up by Israeli soldiers storming their home, which was surrounded by a large military force. Once inside the house, the soldiers arrested Khatib, conducted a quick search and left the house.

Roughly half an hour after leaving the house, five military jeeps surrounded the house again, and six soldiers forced their way into the house again, where Khatib’s children sat in terror, and conducted another, very thorough search of the premises, without showing a search warrant. During the search, Khatib’s phone and many documents were seized, including papers from Bil’in’s legal procedures in the Israel High Court.

The soldiers exited an hour and a half later, leaving a note saying that documents suspected as “incitement materials” were seized. International activists who tried to enter the house to be with the family during the search were aggressively denied entry.

Mohammed Khatib was previously arrested during the ongoing wave of arrests and repression on August 3rd, 2009 with charges of incitement and stone throwing. After two weeks of detention, a military judge ruled that evidence against him was falsified and ordered his release, after it was proven that Khatib was abroad at the time the army alleged he was photographed throwing stones during a demonstration.

Khatib’s arrest today is the most severe escalation in a recent wave of repression again the Palestinian popular struggle and its leadership. Khatib is the 35th resident of Bil’in to be arrested on suspicions related to anti-Wall protest since June 23rd, 2009.

The recent wave of arrests is largely an assault on the members of the Popular Committees – the leadership of the popular struggle – who are then charged with incitement when arrested. The charge of incitement, defined under Israeli military law as “an attempt, whether verbally or otherwise, to influence public opinion in the Area in a way that may disturb the public peace or public order,” is a cynical attempt to punish grassroots organizing with a hefty charge and lengthy imprisonments. Such indictments are part of the army’s strategy of using legal persecution as a means to quash the popular movement.

Similar raids have also been conducted in the village of alMaasara, south of Bethlehem, and in the village of Ni’ilin – where 110 residents have been arrested over the last year and half, as well as in the cities of Nablus, Ramallah and East Jerusalem.

Among those arrested in the recent campaign are three members of the Ni’ilin Popular Committee, Sa’id Yakin of the Palestinian National Committee Against the Wall, and five members of the Bil’in Popular Committee – all suspected of incitement.

Prominent grassroots activists Jamal Jum’a (East Jerusalem) and Mohammed Othman (Jayyous) of the Stop the Wall NGO, involved in anti-Wall and Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaigning, have recently been released from detention after being incarcerated for long periods based on secret evidence and with no charges brought against them.

Stop the Wall Campaign Coordinator Arrested

December 20, 2009

In its latest targeting of non-violent Palestinian activists working in opposition to the Apartheid Wall, Israeli security has arrested Jamal Juma’, coordinator of the Stop the Wall Campaign.

Israeli security first summoned Juma’ for interrogation at midnight of December 15. Hours later, they brought him back to his home. Juma’ was handcuffed while soldiers searched his house for two hours as his wife and three young children looked on helplessly. The parting words of the soldiers were directed at his wife: she would only see her husband again through a prisoner exchange. Since then, Juma’ has been detained, and banned from speaking to a lawyer or his family, with no explanation for his arrest.

Jamal, 47 years old, was born in Jerusalem and has dedicated his life to the defense of Palestinian human rights. The main focus of his work is on empowering local communities to defend their human rights in the face of violations brought about by the occupation. He is a founding member of a number of Palestinian NGOS and civil society networks. Juma’ has been the coordinator of the Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign since 2002. He is widely respected for his work and has been invited to address numerous civil society and UN conferences. His articles and interviews are widely published and his work has been translated into several languages. As a highly visible figure, Juma’ has never attempted to hide or disguise his activities.

Jamal Juma’s is the most high profile arrest within an intensifying campaign of repression of grassroots mobilization against the Wall and the settlements. Initially only arresting local activists from the villages affected by the Wall, the Israeli authorities have recently begun to shift their attention to the detention of internationally known human rights defenders such as Mohammad Othman and Abdallah Abu Rahmeh. Mohammad, another member of the Stop the Wall Campaign, was arrested nearly three months ago when returning from a speaking tour in Norway. After two months of interrogation, the Israeli authorities were still unable to find charges to level against Mohammad and therefore issued an administrative detention order so as to prevent his release. Abdallah Abu Rahma, a leading figure in the nonviolent struggle against the Wall in Bil’in, was taken from his home by masked soldiers in the middle of the night a week before Jamal was jailed.

With these arrests, Israel aims to weaken Palestinian civil society and its influence on political decision making at national and international level. This process clearly criminalizes the work of Palestinian human rights defenders and Palestinian civil disobedience.

It is crucial that the international community combat Israeli attempts to criminalize human rights defenders struggling against the Wall. The Israeli policy of targeting organizers calling for Israeli accountability is a direct challenge to the decisions of governments and global bodies such as the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to hold Israel to account for its violations of international law. This challenge shall not go unmet.

You can keep up to date on the campaign to Free the Anti-Wall Activists on Facebook. You can also visit the Free Jamal Juma’ website.

Update on Bil’in Arrests

August 6, 2009

The Military Prosecution is claiming that the seven people taken from their homes during the night raid that took place in Bil’in on August 3, 2009 are suspected of stone throwing. A leading member of the Bil’in Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements, non-violent activist Mohammad Khatib, is accused of incitement to “damage the security of the area.”

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Take action against suppression of non-violent resistance in Bil’in

August 4, 2009
Bil’in activist Mohammad Khatib in Montreal. Photo: Valerian Mazataud

Bil’in activist Mohammad Khatib in Montreal. Photo: Valerian Mazataud

At around 3 am on the morning of Monday, August 3, a large military force wearing combat paint and masks invaded the West Bank village of Bil’in. Israeli soldiers raided several homes, arresting two Palestinian children and five Palestinian adults, including Mohammad Khatib of the Bil’in Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements, and an American national. The home of another member of the Popular Committee was raided, but soldiers could not arrest him because he was not present at home.

Attempts to criminalize the leadership of non-violent protests were curbed in the past with the help of an outpouring of support from people committed to justice from all over the world. Please continue reading for ways you can take action in support or Mohammad and the other people arrested on Monday.

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