Rear Left

More Relative Calm, Part II

Posted in Media & Movements, War & Culture by rearleft on April 19, 2009


Basem Abu Rahmeh, pictured above, was buried in Bil’in yesterday.

WARNING: Graphic violence in link below

He is the 18th person (11 of them under 18 years old) to be killed since 2004 at demonstrations in Bil’in against the wall that cuts his village off from its farmland, effectively annexing land to the encroaching Israeli settlements.


ARIJ (the Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem) make very nice maps. Segregation Wall is a remarkably accurate name for that system of structures, matrix of control, fence, security barrier, what-have-you, that Abu Rahmeh was protesting when he was shot in the chest.  In Afrikaans, apartheid means segregation.

Tristan Anderson (see More Relative Calm I) is still in a coma in Tel Hashomer hospital in Tel Aviv as he recovers from extensive brain and facial reconstruction surgery. Both Tristan and Basem were shot at close range with the new high speed 40mm tear gas shell, unarmed, at a time when there was no stone throwing, under full view of local press and international observers.

Palestinian news agency, Ma’an, reported it this way.

The Jerusalem Post reports a riot.

The BBC seem willfully ignorant of the video evidence, because they take it at face value that the Israeli fire was putting down “rock throwers”, which it clearly was not.

This is getting virtually no play in the western mainstream media, at least not nearly enough to bring down any sort of real international attention that might send a ripple down the chain of command to tighten up that local commander’s direction on how the folks with the finger on the trigger are interpreting how loose they can be with the pot shots on demonstrators with their new toys, the 40mm tear gas bullet. This experimental weapon is being tested in the most public way for its effectiveness as a deterrent against resistance to the wall both in the olive fields and in the media-field, and is so far flying disturbingly fast and low in both.


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