Here are some clips which I filmed in Hebron during the peacetime,
before the Intifada broke out September 2000. The clips depict the
conditions prevailing in Hebron and the rest of Palestine which caused
the second Intifada break out in first place. Hebron had been under
continuous curfew for 535 days, continued random abuses and shootings
by the IDF and the jewish squatters were the normal course of things
when the Intifada broke out. These scenes were filmed in the "good" old
times when it had not yet become the norm in Israel to shoot
journalists on sight. The soldiers you see in these clips have
instructions to show some semblance of civilized behavior in front of
A note to American readers: every single piece of gear used by the
Israeli soldiers in these clips is payed for with American
The uniforms, the boots, the M16
rifles, the ammunition, the helmets, the radios, the flac vests, the
backpacks, even the fence at the checkpoint, ... are all financed by
American tax money lavished upon Israel by the American Government and
so many "Dual
Representatives and Senators of the USA.
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Tour of Hebron 1
11.8 MB 6min 48sec .wmv clip
2000 - In
this clip you see a checkpoint at the entrance of the passage between
Al-Shalaleh street and Al-Shuhada street. The Palestinian teachers in
this clip, who are on their
way to their schools, are stopped by the soldiers before and after the
The soldiers decide on a whim for how long they will have to stop
before being allowed to continue their way. In the normal case, the
Palestinians will be standing in the corner for 2 to 4 hours, and the
passage through a checkpoint like this is often accompanied by beatings
and insults. In one part of the clip some soldiers are seen a bit down
the street. This is the "separation area", and according to the Oslo
Agreement these soldiers should not be there.
Background: Al-Shalaleh street is about 500 meters long. It is
to Al-Shuhada street which is about 900 meters long. This street was
important passageway through the center of Hebron and it was also an
important market street. in 1999 Al-Shuhada street was renewed with
American funds. After that, the squatters from Beit Hadassa settlement,
about 400 inhabitants, had the IDF close the street to the Palestinian
population, about 40.000 persons. Most shops had to close as a
consequence, and the Palestinian
population of Hebron must now walk several Kilometers to reach places
would normally be a 5 minutes walk away.
The clip is commented by me.
Tour of Hebron 2
5.4MB 7min 5sec .wmv
2000 - In
this clip I follow a group of soldiers through the
market in Al-Shalaleh street. They take interest in a shop owner
reading a newspaper. If they
had caught the man out of sight of the camera, he would probably have
been beaten and arrested for reading his newspaper. I
follow the soldiers to Beit Romano settlement on Al-Shuhada street,
where we see a row of Palestinian shops looted by the IDF. After Beit
Romano I pass by a Palestinian Gas Station which should have been
reopened according to an Israeli court order. IDF Commander Weinberg
instead implemented the wishes of the squatters and did not reopen the
clip is commented by me.
Tour of Hebron 3
3.7 MB 4mim 50sec
In this clip I show the old vegetable market, the way to the Abraham
into a rubbish dump; some telephone company workers trying to fix a
wiring cabinet opposite to Avraham Avino settlement destroyed by the
squatters; we see closed and burnt-out
Palestinian shops sprayed with graffitti by the jewish squatters, and a
market with almost all shops closed and empty of people.
clip is commented by me.
Tour of Hebron 4
4 MB 5min 22sec .wmv
2000 - This
clip would more appropriately be called "Battle
against the Children". I follow a group of IDF soldiers on Haret
Al-Salaimeh street. From
their attitude it is clear to see that the soldiers are at no time in
We see some pedestrians, and nobody is shootong at them.
Children in the houses along the street taunt them "Kadima, Kadima !"
and "Homo !". "Kadima" means "To the front
!" in Hebrew.
"Homo" is how the soldiers address Palestinians. The children don't
know the meaning of the word, but they know that it is an insult. The
children are at home because their school, the "Khaled Ben-Walid"
school was confiscated by the IDF to serve as a military emplacement.
The building of the school offers a good
lookout over the area.
can see the soldiers pointing their weapons at houses,
randomly shooting at a group of people standing down the street,
the yard of a house where they hear or suspect children.
Squatter obstructing traffic
1min 22sec .wmv clip
1999 - This
clip is part of the movie 'Detained'. What can be seen here is a
squatter from one of the illegal jewish settlements in Hebron driving
into Al-Shuhada street against the traffic. As a consequence, all
blocked for hours. The squatter will call the IDF to his help in an
attempt to make all the Palestinian drivers, who happen to drive
according to existing traffic regulations, back out. This clip is
representative of the attitude of the squatters and the IDF, as the
squatters use any chance to annoy Palestinians and provoke them into
violent reaction. If no chance is at hand, the squatters will invent a
pretext to provoke Palestinians, as we see in this clip.
With no real
obligation to work and endless amounts of money lavished upon them by
governments of the U.S.A. and Israel and many wealthy individuals,
further removes from them
the incentive to look for any occupation which would represent a
constructive contribution to society, the illegal jewish squatters in
well afford psychopathy
as a way of life.
Note: The person in the captured frame left is one of the terrorists