Cinéma: Pallywood tous les jours sur un écran chez vous (It’s just standard evacuation practice, stupid ! – complete with shouts of pain and Allahu akbar)

 

Abattre un Européen, c’est faire d’une pierre deux coups, supprimer en même temps un oppresseur et un opprimé ; restent un homme mort et un homme libre. Sartre (préface des « Damnés de la terre » de Franz Fanon, 1961)
L’action de Septembre Noir a fait éclater la mascarade olympique, a bouleversé les arrangements à l’amiable que les réactionnaires arabes s’apprêtaient à conclure avec Israël […] Aucun révolutionnaire ne peut se désolidariser de Septembre Noir. Nous devons défendre inconditionnellement face à la répression les militants de cette organisation […] A Munich, la fin si tragique, selon les philistins de tous poils qui ne disent mot de l’assassinat des militants palestiniens, a été voulue et provoquée par les puissances impérialistes et particulièrement Israël. Il fut froidement décidé d’aller au carnage. Edwy Plenel (alias Joseph Krasny)
Je n’ai jamais fait mystère de mes contributions à Rouge, de 1970 à 1978, sous le pseudonyme de Joseph Krasny. Ce texte, écrit il y a plus de 45 ans, dans un contexte tout autre et alors que j’avais 20 ans, exprime une position que je récuse fermement aujourd’hui. Elle n’avait rien d’exceptionnel dans l’extrême gauche de l’époque, comme en témoigne un article de Jean-Paul Sartre, le fondateur de Libération, sur Munich dans La Cause du peuple–J’accuse du 15 octobre 1972. Tout comme ce philosophe, j’ai toujours dénoncé et combattu l’antisémitisme d’où qu’il vienne et sans hésitation. Mais je refuse l’intimidation qui consiste à taxer d’antisémite toute critique de la politique de l’Etat d’Israël. Edwy Plenel
Pendant 24 mn à peu près on ne voit que de la mise en scène … C’est un envers du décor qu’on ne montre jamais … Mais oui tu sais bien que c’est toujours comme ça ! Entretien Jeambar-Leconte (RCJ)
Au début (…) l’AP accueillait les reporters à bras ouverts. Ils voulaient que nous montrions des enfants de 12 ans se faisant tuer. Mais après le lynchage, quand des agents de l’AP firent leur possible pour détruire et confisquer l’enregistrement de ce macabre événement et que les Forces de Défense Israéliennes utilisèrent les images pour repérer et arrêter les auteurs du crime, les Palestiniens donnèrent libre cours à leur hostilité envers les Etats-Unis en harcelant et en intimidant les correspondants occidentaux. Après Ramallah, où toute bonne volonté prit fin, je suis beaucoup plus prudent dans mes déplacements. Chris Roberts (Sky TV)
La tâche sacrée des journalistes musulmans est, d’une part, de protéger la Umma des “dangers imminents”, et donc, à cette fin, de “censurer tous les matériaux” et, d’autre part, “de combattre le sionisme et sa politique colonialiste de création d’implantations, ainsi que son anéantissement impitoyable du peuple palestinien”. Charte des médias islamiques de grande diffusion (Jakarta, 1980)
Il s’agit de formes d’expression artistique, mais tout cela sert à exprimer la vérité… Nous n’oublions jamais nos principes journalistiques les plus élevés auxquels nous nous sommes engagés, de dire la vérité et rien que la vérité. Haut responsable de la Télévision de l’Autorité palestinienne
Je suis venu au journalisme afin de poursuivre la lutte en faveur de mon peuple. Talal Abu Rahma (lors de la réception d’un prix, au Maroc, en 2001, pour sa vidéo sur al-Dura)
Karsenty est donc si choqué que des images truquées soient utilisées et éditées à Gaza ? Mais cela a lieu partout à la télévision, et aucun journaliste de télévision de terrain, aucun monteur de film, ne seraient choqués. Clément Weill-Raynal (France 3)
Nous avons toujours respecté (et continuerons à respecter) les procédures journalistiques de l’Autorité palestinienne en matière d’exercice de la profession de journaliste en Palestine… Roberto Cristiano (représentant de la “chaîne de télévision officielle RAI, Lettre à l’Autorité palestinienne)
La mort de Mohammed annule, efface celle de l’enfant juif, les mains en l’air devant les SS, dans le Ghetto de Varsovie. Catherine Nay (Europe 1)
Dans la guerre moderne, une image vaut mille armes. Bob Simon
Oh, ils font toujours ça. C’est une question de culture. Représentants de France 2 (cités par Enderlin)
L’image correspondait à la réalité de la situation, non seulement à Gaza, mais en Cisjordanie. Charles Enderlin (Le Figaro, 27/01/05)
J’ai travaillé au Liban depuis que tout a commencé, et voir le comportement de beaucoup de photographes libanais travaillant pour les agences de presse m’a un peu troublé. Coupable ou pas, Adnan Hajj a été remarqué pour ses retouches d’images par ordinateur. Mais, pour ma part, j’ai été le témoin de pratique quotidienne de clichés posés, et même d’un cas où un groupe de photographes d’agences orchestraient le dégagement des cadavres, donnant des directives aux secouristes, leur demandant de disposer les corps dans certaines positions, et même de ressortir des corps déjà inhumés pour les photographier dans les bras de personnes alentour. Ces photographes ont fait moisson d’images chocs, sans manipulation informatique, mais au prix de manipulations humaines qui posent en elles-mêmes un problème éthique bien plus grave. Quelle que soit la cause de ces excès, inexpérience, désir de montrer de la façon la plus spectaculaire le drame vécu par votre pays, ou concurrence effrénée, je pense que la faute incombe aux agences de presse elles-mêmes, car ce sont elles qui emploient ces photographes. Il faut mettre en place des règles, faute de quoi toute la profession finira par en pâtir. Je ne dis pas cela contre les photographes locaux, mais après avoir vu ça se répéter sans arrêt depuis un mois, je pense qu’il faut s’attaquer au problème. Quand je m’écarte d’une scène de ce genre, un autre preneur de vue dresse le décor, et tous les autres suivent… Brian X (Journaliste occidental anonyme)
Pour qui nous prenez-vous ? Nous savons qui vous êtes, nous lisons tout ce que vous écrivez et nous savons où vous habitez. Hussein (attaché de presse du Hezbollah au journaliste Michael Totten)
L’attaque a été menée en riposte aux tirs incessants de ces derniers jours sur des localités israéliennes à partir de la zone visée. Les habitants de tous les villages alentour, y compris Cana, ont été avertis de se tenir à l’écart des sites de lancement de roquettes contre Israël. Tsahal est intervenue cette nuit contre des objectifs terroristes dans le village de Cana. Ce village est utilisé depuis le début de ce conflit comme base arrière d’où ont été lancées en direction d’Israël environ 150 roquettes, en 30 salves, dont certaines ont atteint Haïfa et des sites dans le nord, a déclaré aujourd’hui le général de division Gadi Eizenkot, chef des opérations. Tsahal regrette tous les dommages subis par les civils innocents, même s’ils résultent directement de l’utilisation criminelle des civils libanais comme boucliers humains par l’organisation terroriste Hezbollah. (…) Le Hezbollah place les civils libanais comme bouclier entre eux et nous, alors que Tsahal se place comme bouclier entre les habitants d’Israël et les terroristes du Hezbollah. C’est la principale différence entre eux et nous. Rapport de l’Armée israélienne
Après trois semaines de travail intense, avec l’assistance active et la coopération de la communauté Internet, souvent appelée “blogosphère”, nous pensons avoir maintenant assez de preuves pour assurer avec certitude que beaucoup des faits rapportés en images par les médias sont en fait des mises en scène. Nous pensons même pouvoir aller plus loin. À notre avis, l’essentiel de l’activité des secours à Khuraybah [le vrai nom de l’endroit, alors que les médias, en accord avec le Hezbollah, ont utilisé le nom de Cana, pour sa connotation biblique et l’écho du drame de 1996] le 30 juillet a été détourné en exercice de propagande. Le site est devenu en fait un vaste plateau de tournage, où les gestes macabres ont été répétés avec la complaisance des médias, qui ont participé activement et largement utilisé le matériau récolté. La tactique des médias est prévisible et tristement habituelle. Au lieu de discuter le fond de nos arguments, ils se focalisent sur des détails, y relevant des inexactitudes et des fausses pistes, et affirment que ces erreurs vident notre dossier de toute valeur. D’autres nous étiquètent comme de droite, pro-israéliens ou parlent simplement de théories du complot, comme si cela pouvait suffire à éliminer les éléments concrets que nous avons rassemblés. Richard North (EU Referendum)
Lorsque les médias se prêtent au jeu des manipulations plutôt que de les dénoncer, non seulement ils sacrifient les Libanais innocents qui ne veulent pas que cette mafia religieuse prenne le pouvoir et les utilise comme boucliers, mais ils nuisent aussi à la société civile de par le monde. D’un côté ils nous dissimulent les actes et les motivations d’organisations comme le Hamas ou le Hezbollah, ce qui permet aux musulmans ennemis de la démocratie, en Occident, de nous (leurs alliés progressistes présumés) inviter à manifester avec eux sous des banderoles à la gloire du Hezbollah. De l’autre, ils encouragent les haines et les sentiments revanchards qui nourrissent l’appel au Jihad mondial. La température est montée de cinq degrés sur l’échelle du Jihad mondial quand les musulmans du monde entier ont vu avec horreur et indignation le spectacle de ces enfants morts que des médias avides et mal inspirés ont transmis et exploité. Richard Landes
Nous avons commis une terrible erreur, un texte malencontreux sur l’une de nos photos du jour du 18 avril dernier (à gauche), mal traduit de la légende, tout ce qu’il y a de plus circonstanciée, elle, que nous avait fournie l’AFP*: sur la « reconstitution », dans un camp de réfugiés au Liban, de l’arrestation par de faux militaires israéliens d’un Palestinien, nous avons omis d’indiquer qu’il s’agissait d’une mise en scène, que ces « soldats » jouaient un rôle et que tout ça relevait de la pure et simple propagande. C’est une faute – qu’atténuent à peine la précipitation et la mauvaise relecture qui l’ont provoquée. C’en serait une dans tous les cas, ça l’est plus encore dans celui-là: laisser planer la moindre ambiguïté sur un sujet aussi sensible, quand on sait que les images peuvent être utilisées comme des armes de guerre, donner du crédit à un stratagème aussi grossier, qui peut contribuer à alimenter l’exaspération antisioniste là où elle s’enflamme sans besoin de combustible, n’appelle aucun excuse. Nous avons déconné, gravement. J’ai déconné, gravement: je suis responsable du site de L’Express, et donc du dérapage. A ce titre, je fais amende honorable, la queue basse, auprès des internautes qui ont été abusés, de tous ceux que cette supercherie a pu blesser et de l’AFP, qui n’est EN AUCUN CAS comptable de nos propres bêtises. Eric Mettout (L’Express)
Comment expliquer qu’une légende en anglais qui dit clairement qu’il s’agit d’une mise en scène (la légende, en anglais, de la photo fournie par l’AFP: « LEBANON, AIN EL-HELWEH: Palestinian refugees pose as Israeli soldiers arresting and beating a Palestinian activist during celebrations of Prisoners’ Day at the refugee camp of Ain el-Helweh near the coastal Lebanese city of Sidon on April 17, 2012 in solidarity with the 4,700 Palestinian inmates of Israeli jails. Some 1,200 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails have begun a hunger strike and another 2,300 are refusing food for one day, a spokeswoman for the Israel Prisons Service (IPS) said. »), soit devenue chez vous « Prisonnier palestinien 18/04/2012. Mardi, lors de la Journée des prisonniers, des centaines de détenus palestiniens ont entamé une grève de la faim pour protester contre leurs conditions de détention », étonnant non ? David Goldstein
Que ce soient des attaques au couteau, des opérations de martyrs (c’est à dire des attentats-suicides à la bombe), des jets de pierres, tout le monde doit agir pour que nous puissions ainsi nous unir et permettre de faire passer notre message comme il convient, et atteindre l’objectif qui est la libération de la Palestine, si Allah le veut. Ahed Tamimi
Nous le soutenons tous et sommes fiers de lui. Ahed Tamimi (parlant du chef du Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, qui partage avec elle l’objectif de détruire Israël)
Le monde doit reconnaître la cause palestinienne. L’occupation n’est pas seulement le vol de terres. Nous nous opposons au racisme, au sionisme, à tout le système d’occupation et pas seulement aux colonies. Ahed Tamimi
Israël est une grande colonie. Bassem Tamimi
On Friday, the Palestinian terror group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, is inaugurating what it is calling “The March of Return.” According to Hamas’s leadership, the “March of Return” is scheduled to run from March 30 – the eve of Passover — through May 15, the 70th anniversary of Israel’s establishment. According to Israeli media reports, Hamas has budgeted $10 million for the operation. Throughout the “March of Return,” Hamas intends to send thousands of civilians to the Israeli border. Hamas is planning to set up tent camps along the border fence and then, presumably, order participants to overrun it on May 15. The Palestinians refer to May 15 as “Nakba,” or Catastrophe Day. (…) what is it trying to accomplish by sending them into harm’s way? Why is the terror group telling Gaza residents to place themselves in front of the border fence and challenge Israeli security forces charged with defending Israel? The answer here is also obvious. Hamas intends to provoke Israel to shoot at the Palestinian civilians it is sending to the border. It is setting its people up to die because it expects their deaths to be captured live by the cameras of the Western media, which will be on hand to watch the spectacle. In other words, Hamas’s strategy of harming Israel by forcing its soldiers to kill Palestinians is predicated on its certainty that the Western media will act as its partner and ensure the success of its lethal propaganda stunt. Given widespread assessments that Iran is keen to start a new round of war between Israel and its terror proxies, Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon, it is possible that Hamas intends for this lethal propaganda stunt to be the initial stage of a larger war. By this assessment, Hamas is using the border operation to cultivate and escalate Western hostility against Israel ahead of a larger shooting war. (…) The real issue revealed by Hamas’s planned operation — as it was revealed by the Mavi Marmara, as well as by Hamas’s military campaigns against Israel in 2014, 2011 and 2008-09 —  is not how Israel will deal with it. The real issue is that Hamas’s entire strategy is predicated on its faith that the Western media and indeed the Western left will side with it against Israel. Hamas is certain that both the media and leftist activists and politicians in Europe and the U.S. will blame Israel for Palestinian civilian casualties. And as past experience proves, Hamas is right to believe the media and leftist activists will play their assigned role. So long as the media and the left rush to indict Israel for its efforts to defend itself and its citizens against its terrorist foes, who turn the laws of war on their head as a matter of course, these attacks will continue and they will escalate. If this border assault does in fact serve as the opening act in a larger terror war against Israel, then a large portion of the blame for the bloodshed will rest on the shoulders of the Western media for empowering the terrorists of Hamas and Hezbollah to attack Israel. Caroline Glick
Je pense que les Palestiniens et les Israéliens ont droit à leur propre terre. Mais nous devons obtenir un accord de paix pour garantir la stabilité de chacun et entretenir des relations normales. Prince héritier Mohammed ben Salmane
A set of photos, below, has been spreading all over social media in the past week. Sometimes, the photos are reposted individually. However, they all send the same message: Israel is supposedly deceiving the world into thinking their soldiers are getting wounded in Gaza by using special effects makeup. Closer analysis of these photos, however, shows that none of them are recent, most were not even taken in Israel, and all of them are taken out of context. France 24
The video turned out to be from an art workshop which creates this health exercise annually in Gaza. The goal of the workshop is to recreate child injuries sustained in warzones so that doctors can get familiar with them and learn how to care for injured children, the owner of the workshop, Abd al-Baset al-Loulou said. Al Arabya
Dix-huit morts et au moins 1 400 blessés. La « grande marche du retour », appelée vendredi par la société civile palestinienne et encadrée par le Hamas, le long de la barrière frontalière séparant la bande de Gaza et Israël, a dégénéré lorsque l’armée israélienne a tiré à balles réelles sur des manifestants qui s’approchaient du point de passage. (…) Famille, enfants, musique, fête, puis débordements habituels de jeunes lançant des cailloux à l’armée. Lorsque les émeutiers sont arrivés à quelques centaines de mètres de la fameuse grille, les snipers israéliens sont entrés en action. L’un des garçons, « armé » d’un pneu, a été abattu d’une balle dans la nuque alors qu’il s’enfuyait. (…) Ce mouvement, qui exige le « droit au retour » et la fin du blocus de Gaza, doit encore durer six semaines. C’est long. Le gouvernement israélien compte peut-être sur l’usure des protestataires, la fatigue, le renoncement, persuadé que quelques balles en plus pourraient faire la différence. A-t-il la mémoire courte ? Selon la Torah, Moïse avait 80 ans lorsqu’a commencé la traversée du désert. Ces quarante années d’errance douloureuse sont au coeur de tous les Juifs. Espérer qu’après soixante-dix ans d’exil les Palestiniens oublient leur histoire à coups de fusil est aussi absurde que ne pas faire la différence entre une balle de 5,56 et une pierre calcaire … Le Canard enchainé (Balles perdues, 04.04.2018)
Pro-Israel organization StandWithUs has resorted to claiming Palestinians are faking injuries to garner international sympathy and supported their claims by posting videos showing « Palestinians practicing for the cameras. » The Palestinians in the video were actually practicing how to evacuate the wounded during the protest… Telesur
On the living-room wall was a “Free Bassem Tamimi” poster, left over from his last imprisonment for helping to organize the village’s weekly protests against the Israeli occupation, which he has done since 2009. He was gone for 13 months that time, then home for 5 before he was arrested again in October. (…) It took the people of Nabi Saleh more than a year to get themselves organized. In December 2009 they held their first march, protesting not just the loss of the spring but also the entire complex system of control — of permits, checkpoints, walls, prisons — through which Israel maintains its hold on the region. Nabi Saleh quickly became the most spirited of the dozen or so West Bank villages that hold weekly demonstrations against the Israeli occupation. Since the demonstrations began, more than 100 people in the village have been jailed. Nariman told me that by her count, as of February, clashes with the army have caused 432 injuries, more than half to minors. The momentum has been hard to maintain — the weeks go by, and nothing changes for the better — but still, despite the arrests, the injuries and the deaths, every Friday after the midday prayer, the villagers, joined at times by equal numbers of journalists and Israeli and foreign activists, try to march from the center of town to the spring, a distance of perhaps half a mile. And every Friday, Israeli soldiers stop them with some combination of tear gas, rubber-coated bullets, water-cannon blasts of a noxious liquid known as “skunk” and occasionally live fire. (…) In March 2011, Israeli soldiers raided the house to arrest him. Among lesser charges, he had been accused in a military court of “incitement,” organizing “unauthorized processions” and soliciting the village youth to throw stones. (In 2010, 99.74 percent of the Palestinians tried in military courts were convicted.) The terms of Bassem’s release forbade him to take part in demonstrations, which are all effectively illegal under Israeli military law, so on the first Friday after I arrived, just after the midday call to prayer, he walked with me only as far as the square, where about 50 villagers had gathered in the shade of an old mulberry tree. They were joined by a handful of Palestinian activists from Ramallah and East Jerusalem, mainly young women; perhaps a dozen college-age European and American activists; a half-dozen Israelis, also mainly women — young anarchists in black boots and jeans, variously pierced. Together they headed down the road, clapping and chanting in Arabic and English. Bassem’s son Abu Yazan, licking a Popsicle, marched at the back of the crowd. Then there were the journalists, scurrying up hillsides in search of better vantage points. In the early days of the protests, the village teemed with reporters from across the globe, there to document the tiny village’s struggle against the occupation. “Sometimes they come and sometimes they don’t,” Mohammad Tamimi, who is 24 and coordinates the village’s social-media campaign, would tell me later. Events in the Middle East — the revolution in Egypt and civil war in Syria — and the unchanging routine of the weekly marches have made it that much harder to hold the world’s attention. That Friday there was just one Palestinian television crew and a few Israeli and European photographers, the regulars among them in steel helmets. In the protests’ first year, to make sure that the demonstrations — and the fate of Palestinians living under Israeli occupation — didn’t remain hidden behind the walls and fences that surround the West Bank, Mohammad began posting news to a blog and later a Facebook page (now approaching 4,000 followers) under the name Tamimi Press. Soon Tamimi Press morphed into a homegrown media team: Bilal Tamimi shooting video and uploading protest highlights to his YouTube channel; Helme taking photographs; and Mohammad e-mailing news releases to 500-odd reporters and activists. Manal, who is married to Bilal, supplements the effort with a steady outpouring of tweets (@screamingtamimi). News of the protests moves swiftly around the globe, bouncing among blogs on the left and right. Left-leaning papers like Britain’s Guardian and Israel’s Haaretz still cover major events in the village — deaths and funerals, Bassem’s arrests and releases — but a right-wing Israeli news site has for the last year begun to recycle the same headline week after week: “Arabs, Leftists Riot in Nabi Saleh.” Meanwhile, a pilgrimage to Nabi Saleh has achieved a measure of cachet among young European activists, the way a stint with the Zapatistas did in Mexico in the 1990s. For a time, Nariman regularly prepared a vegan feast for the exhausted outsiders who lingered after the protests. (Among the first things she asked me when I arrived was whether I was a vegan. Her face brightened when I said no.) Whatever success they have had in the press, the people of Nabi Saleh are intensely conscious of everything they have not achieved. The occupation, of course, persists. When I arrived in June, the demonstrators had not once made it to the spring. Usually they didn’t get much past the main road, where they would turn and find the soldiers waiting around the bend. That week though, they decided to cut straight down the hillside toward the spring. Bashir led the procession, waving a flag. As usual, Israeli Army jeeps were waiting below the spring. The four soldiers standing outside them looked confused — it seemed they hadn’t expected the protesters to make it so far. The villagers marched past them to the spring, where they surprised three settlers eating lunch in the shade, still wet from a dip in one of the pools. One wore only soggy briefs and a rifle slung over his chest. (…) Bassem is employed by the Palestinian Authority’s Interior Ministry in a department charged with approving entrance visas for Palestinians living abroad. In practice, he said, P.A. officials “have no authority” — the real decisions are made in Israel and passed to the P.A. for rubber-stamping. Among other things, this meant that Bassem rarely had to report to his office in Ramallah, leaving his days free to care for his ailing mother — she died several weeks after I left the village last summer — and strategizing on the phone, meeting international visitors and talking to me over many cups of strong, unsweetened coffee. We would talk in the living room, over the hum of an Al Jazeera newscast. A framed image of Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa Mosque hung above the television (more out of nationalist pride than piety: Bassem’s outlook was thoroughly secular). Though many people in Nabi Saleh have been jailed, only Bassem was declared a “prisoner of conscience” by Amnesty International. Foreign diplomats attended his court hearings in 2011. Bassem’s charisma surely has something to do with the attention. A strange, radiant calm seemed to hover around him. He rarely smiled, and tended to drop weighty pronouncements (“Our destiny is to resist”) in ordinary speech, but I saw his reserve crumble whenever one of his children climbed into his lap. When Israeli forces occupied the West Bank in 1967, Bassem was 10 weeks old. His mother hid with him in a cave until the fighting ended. He remembers playing in the abandoned British police outpost that is now the center of the I.D.F. base next to Halamish, and accompanying the older kids who took their sheep to pasture on the hilltop where the settlement now stands. His mother went to the spring for water every day. The settlers arrived when he was 9. (…) When the first intifada broke out in late 1987, Nabi Saleh was, as it is now, a flash point. The road that passes between the village and the settlement connects the central West Bank to Tel Aviv: a simple barricade could halt the flow of Palestinian laborers into Israel. Bassem was one of the main Fatah youth activists for the region, organizing the strikes, boycotts and demonstrations that characterized that uprising. (Nabi Saleh is solidly loyal to Fatah, the secular nationalist party that rules the West Bank; Hamas, the militant Islamist movement that governs Gaza, has its supporters elsewhere in the West Bank but has never had a foothold in the village.) He would be jailed seven times during the intifada and, he says, was never charged with a crime. Before his most recent arrest, I asked him how much time he had spent in prison. He added up the months: “Around four years.” After one arrest in 1993, Bassem told me, an Israeli interrogator shook him with such force that he fell into a coma for eight days. He has a nickel-size scar on his temple from emergency brain surgery during that time. His sister died while he was in prison. She was struck by a soldier and fell down a flight of courthouse stairs, according to her son Mahmoud, who was with her to attend the trial of his brother. (The I.D.F. did not comment on this allegation.) Bassem nonetheless speaks of those years, as many Palestinians his age do, with something like nostalgia. The first intifada broke out spontaneously — it started in Gaza with a car accident, when an Israeli tank transporter killed four Palestinian laborers. The uprising was, initially, an experience of solidarity on a national scale. Its primary weapons were the sort that transform weakness into strength: the stone, the barricade, the boycott, the strike. The Israeli response to the revolt — in 1988, Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin reportedly authorized soldiers to break the limbs of unarmed demonstrators — began tilting international public opinion toward the Palestinian cause for the first time in decades. By the uprising’s third year, however, power had shifted to the P.L.O. hierarchy. The first Bush administration pushed Israel to negotiate, leading eventually to the 1993 Oslo Accord, which created the Palestinian Authority as an interim body pending a “final status” agreement.  But little was resolved in Oslo. A second intifada erupted in 2000, at first mostly following the model set by the earlier uprising. Palestinians blocked roads and threw stones. The I.D.F. took over a house in Nabi Saleh. Children tossed snakes, scorpions and what Bassem euphemistically called “wastewater” through the windows. The soldiers withdrew. Then came the heavy wave of suicide bombings, which Bassem termed “the big mistake.” An overwhelming majority of Israeli casualties during the uprising occurred in about 100 suicide attacks, most against civilians. A bombing at one Tel Aviv disco in 2001 killed 21 teenagers. “Politically, we went backward,” Bassem said. Much of the international good will gained over the previous decade was squandered. Taking up arms wasn’t, for Bassem, a moral error so much as a strategic one. He and everyone else I spoke with in the village insisted they had the right to armed resistance; they just don’t think it works. Bassem could reel off a list of Nabi Saleh’s accomplishments. Of some — Nabi Saleh, he said, had more advanced degrees than any village — he was simply proud. Others — one of the first military actions after Oslo, the first woman to participate in a suicide attack — involved more complicated emotions. In 1993, Bassem told me, his cousin Said Tamimi killed a settler near Ramallah. Eight years later, another villager, Ahlam Tamimi escorted a bomber to a Sbarro pizzeria in Jerusalem. Fifteen people were killed, eight of them minors. Ahlam, who now lives in exile in Jordan, and Said, who is in prison in Israel, remain much-loved in Nabi Saleh. Though everyone I spoke with in the village appeared keenly aware of the corrosive effects of violence — “This will kill the children,” Manal said, “to think about hatred and revenge” — they resented being asked to forswear bloodshed when it was so routinely visited upon them. Said, Manal told me, “lost his father, uncle, aunt, sister — they were all killed. How can you blame him?” The losses of the second intifada were enormous. Nearly 5,000 Palestinians and more than 1,000 Israelis died. Israeli assassination campaigns and the I.D.F.’s siege of West Bank cities left the Palestinian leadership decimated and discouraged. By the end of 2005, Yasir Arafat was dead, Israel had pulled its troops and settlers out of Gaza and the Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas, had reached a truce with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. The uprising sputtered out. The economy was ruined, Gaza and the West Bank were more isolated from each other than ever, and Palestinians were divided, defeated and exhausted. But in 2003, while the intifada was still raging, Bassem and others from Nabi Saleh began attending demonstrations in Budrus, 20 minutes away. Budrus was in danger of being cut off from the rest of the West Bank by Israel’s planned separation barrier, the concrete and chain-link divide that snakes along the border and in many places juts deeply into Palestinian territory. Residents began demonstrating. Foreign and Israeli activists joined the protests. Fatah and Hamas loyalists marched side by side. The Israeli Army responded aggressively: at times with tear gas, beatings and arrests; at times with live ammunition. Palestinians elsewhere were fighting with Kalashnikovs, but the people of Budrus decided, said Ayed Morrar, an old friend of Bassem’s who organized the movement there, that unarmed resistance “would stress the occupation more.” The strategy appeared to work. After 55 demonstrations, the Israeli government agreed to shift the route of the barrier to the so-called 1967 green line. The tactic spread to other villages: Biddu, Ni’lin, Al Ma’asara and in 2009, Nabi Saleh. Together they formed what is known as the “popular resistance,” a loosely coordinated effort that has maintained what has arguably been the only form of active and organized resistance to the Israeli presence in the West Bank since the end of the second intifada in 2005. Nabi Saleh, Bassem hoped, could model a form of resistance for the rest of the West Bank. The goal was to demonstrate that it was still possible to struggle and to do so without taking up arms, so that when the spark came, if it came, resistance might spread as it had during the first intifada. “If there is a third intifada,” he said, “we want to be the ones who started it.” (…) Eytan Buchman, a spokesman for the I.D.F., took issue with the idea that the weekly protests were a form of nonviolent resistance. In an e-mail he described the protests as “violent and illegal rioting that take place around Judea and Samaria, and where large rocks, Molotov cocktails, improvised grenades and burning tires are used against security forces. Dubbing these simply demonstrations is an understatement — more than 200 security-force personnel have been injured in recent years at these riots.” (Molotov cocktails are sometimes thrown at protests at the checkpoints of Beitunia and Kalandia but never, Bassem said, in Nabi Saleh.) Buchman said that the I.D.F. “employs an array of tactics as part of an overall strategy intended to curb these riots and the ensuing acts of violence.” He added that “every attempt is made to minimize physical friction and risk of casualties” among both the I.D.F. and the “rioters.” (…) In the 1980s, youth organizers like Bassem focused on volunteer work: helping farmers in the fields, educating their children. They built trust and established the social networks that would later allow the resistance to coordinate its actions without waiting for orders from above. Those networks no longer exist. Instead there’s the Palestinian Authority. Immediately after the first Oslo Accord in 1993, the scholar Edward Said predicted that “the P.L.O. will . . . become Israel’s enforcer.” Oslo gave birth to a phantom state, an extensive but largely impotent administrative apparatus, with Israel remaining in effective control of the Palestine Authority’s finances, its borders, its water resources — of every major and many minor aspects of Palestinian life. More gallingly to many, Oslo, in Said’s words, gave “official Palestinian consent to continued occupation,” creating a local elite whose privilege depends on the perpetuation of the status quo. That elite lives comfortably within the so-called “Ramallah bubble”: the bright and relatively carefree world of cafes, NGO salaries and imported goods that characterize life in the West Bank’s provisional capital. During the day, the clothing shops and fast-food franchises are filled. New high-rises are going up everywhere. “I didn’t lose my sister and my cousin and part of my life,” Bassem said, “for the sons of the ministers” to drive expensive cars. The NYT
A compter de 2009, les villageois ont décidé de s’investir collectivement. Au point qu’une sorte de rituel du vendredi s’est imposé, sous l’attention grandissante des médias. D’abord, une courte marche dans les rues ; les soldats se tiennent à l’entrée du village, à pied ou en véhicule blindé ; ils décident d’interrompre ce rassemblement, tirent des grenades lacrymogènes ou assourdissantes ; des jeunes, le visage masqué, essaient de les viser avec des pierres, provoquant une réponse plus forte, des arrestations, des blessures. Mais la famille Tamimi ne s’est pas contentée de ce rituel local. En utilisant les réseaux sociaux, elle en a fait une sorte de série sans fin. Une page Facebook, une chaîne sur YouTube, des comptes Twitter, des listes d’envoi par courriel : le visage d’Ahed n’est pas devenu viral par magie. La famille Tamimi a appliqué au village les recettes qui ont marché partout dans le monde, hors des cadres partisans traditionnels, des partis ou des syndicats. Les manifestations ont simplement cessé d’être hebdomadaires, car elles banalisaient la mobilisation et la privaient de tout effet de surprise. « On était conscients de l’importance de ces réseaux sociaux pour toucher la jeunesse, pour planter des graines en eux et susciter un questionnement, explique Manal, 43 ans, tante d’Ahed. Les vidéos changent le regard des gens. Ils ont vu grandir Ahed ainsi. » A l’entrée de la maison de Manal, il y a une sorte de galerie des canettes de gaz lacrymogène, récupérées au fil des ans. Sur sa terrasse, de vieux canapés ont été installés. D’ici, on voit la silhouette des soldats se dessiner sur la colline, en début d’après-midi, le vendredi, à l’heure des confrontations. On peut alors prévenir les gamins qui traînent dans la rue. Le Monde
Imposante crinière blonde, regard azur déterminé, mains désarmées: du haut de ses 16 ans, la jeune Ahed Tamimi est devenue le symbole de la révolte palestinienne contre l’occupation en Cisjordanie. Une vidéo où on la voit en train de frapper deux soldats israéliens à l’entrée de sa maison a fait exploser sa notoriété le 15 décembre dernier. Elle l’a aussi envoyée en prison où la jeune femme doit répondre de douze chefs d’inculpation. Courageuse résistante pour les uns, figure instrumentalisée pour les autres: Ahed Tamimi divise au Proche-Orient et au-delà. Originaire du petit village de Nabi Saleh, jouxtant la colonie de Halamish, la jeune fille est issue d’une famille de militants. Son père, Bassem Tamimi, 50 ans, est l’un des leaders du mouvement de contestation non violent qui a vu le jour dans cette bourgade arabe, privée de sa source d’eau depuis 2009. Marches pacifistes, confrontations avec l’armée: la famille multiplie les actions avec la population locale, caméra au poing. Les images sont ensuite diffusées par Tamimi Press International, un blog créé par l’oncle d’Ahed. «La caméra fait partie de notre lutte, elle rétablit la vérité, explique Bassem Tamimi au Monde. La diffusion de nos films sur les réseaux sociaux permet de contrer les médias conventionnels qui fournissent une image biaisée de la situation.» Les premières traces d’Ahed Tamimi remontent à 2010. Alors âgée de 9 ans, la petite fille vêtue d’une robe taillée dans un keffieh tient tête à un soldat armé. Rebelote en 2012, où elle est filmée brandissant un poing menaçant sous le nez de soldats israéliens. Avec ses jeunes frères et cousins, Ahed est systématiquement placée en tête des cortèges. Une présence jugée «cruciale pour les aider à prendre confiance et leur apprendre à faire face aux problèmes», détaille Bassem Tamimi au Figaro. De quoi alimenter les soupçons de manipulation pour les détracteurs. Quoi qu’il en soit, la notoriété de la jeune militante est lancée. En 2012, le premier ministre turc Recep Tayyip Erdogan la reçoit pour la féliciter. En mars 2013, le New York Times Magazine consacre sa une au village de Nabi Saleh et immortalise le visage d’Ahed Tamimi au côté de onze autres Palestiniens. Le titre en dit long sur la détermination prêtée aux villageois: «S’il y a une troisième intifada, nous voulons être ceux qui l’ont lancée». Dans la vidéo du 15 décembre visionnée plusieurs milliers de fois, Ahed et sa cousine interpellent et molestent physiquement deux soldats israéliens qui demeurent immobiles. Coups de poing, coups de pied, gifles: les deux jeunes femmes rejointes par d’autres habitants finissent par former une chaîne humaine pour bloquer l’entrée du domicile. La veille, son cousin, Mohammed al-Tamimi, avait été touché à la tête par une balle en caoutchouc. Symbole du courage palestinien et d’une jeunesse qui se révolte sans armes, Ahed Tamimi bénéficie d’un large soutien. Sur Twitter, le hashtag #FreeAhedTamimi est devenu viral. Selon la psychiatre Samah Jabr, interrogée par Le Monde, ce mouvement de solidarité n’est pas dû au hasard. «Si Ahed avait été brune et voilée, elle n’aurait pas reçu la même empathie de la part des médias internationaux. Un tel profil [brune et voilée] est plus facilement associé à l’islamisme et donc au terrorisme. Son attitude aurait alors été aussitôt liée à de la violence plus qu’à de l’héroïsme, comme c’est le cas aujourd’hui.» Du côté israélien en revanche, Ahed Tamimi est vue comme une «provocatrice qui sait médiatiser ses actes», elle-même manipulée par sa famille. Face aux méthodes de la jeune activiste, le quotidien Times of Israel souligne la réaction «professionnelle» des soldats de Tsahal qui restent impassibles, malgré l’humiliation. Le Temps

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Retour via notamment l’une de ses plus célèbres praticiennes, récemment prise en flagrant délit de provocation musclée contre un soldtat israélien et arrêtée, Ahed Tamimi alias « Shirley Temper » …

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Ahed Tamimi, icône ou marionnette de la résistance palestinienne?
Issue d’une famille de militants contre l’occupation, la jeune fille de 16 ans s’est récemment filmée en train de molester des soldats israéliens. Son incarcération fait polémique
Sylvia Revello
Le Temps
3 janvier 2018

Imposante crinière blonde, regard azur déterminé, mains désarmées: du haut de ses 16 ans, la jeune Ahed Tamimi est devenue le symbole de la révolte palestinienne contre l’occupation en Cisjordanie. Une vidéo où on la voit en train de frapper deux soldats israéliens à l’entrée de sa maison a fait exploser sa notoriété le 15 décembre dernier. Elle l’a aussi envoyée en prison où la jeune femme doit répondre de douze chefs d’inculpation. Courageuse résistante pour les uns, figure instrumentalisée pour les autres: Ahed Tamimi divise au Proche-Orient et au-delà.

Originaire du petit village de Nabi Saleh, jouxtant la colonie de Halamish, la jeune fille est issue d’une famille de militants. Son père, Bassem Tamimi, 50 ans, est l’un des leaders du mouvement de contestation non violent qui a vu le jour dans cette bourgade arabe, privée de sa source d’eau depuis 2009. Marches pacifistes, confrontations avec l’armée: la famille multiplie les actions avec la population locale, caméra au poing. Les images sont ensuite diffusées par Tamimi Press International, un blog créé par l’oncle d’Ahed. «La caméra fait partie de notre lutte, elle rétablit la vérité, explique Bassem Tamimi au Monde. La diffusion de nos films sur les réseaux sociaux permet de contrer les médias conventionnels qui fournissent une image biaisée de la situation.»

Jeunes en tête de cortège

Les premières traces d’Ahed Tamimi remontent à 2010. Alors âgée de 9 ans, la petite fille vêtue d’une robe taillée dans un keffieh tient tête à un soldat armé. Rebelote en 2012, où elle est filmée brandissant un poing menaçant sous le nez de soldats israéliens.

Avec ses jeunes frères et cousins, Ahed est systématiquement placée en tête des cortèges. Une présence jugée «cruciale pour les aider à prendre confiance et leur apprendre à faire face aux problèmes», détaille Bassem Tamimi au Figaro. De quoi alimenter les soupçons de manipulation pour les détracteurs.

Rencontre avec Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Quoi qu’il en soit, la notoriété de la jeune militante est lancée. En 2012, le premier ministre turc Recep Tayyip Erdogan la reçoit pour la féliciter. En mars 2013, le New York Times Magazine consacre sa une au village de Nabi Saleh et immortalise le visage d’Ahed Tamimi au côté de onze autres Palestiniens. Le titre en dit long sur la détermination prêtée aux villageois: «S’il y a une troisième intifada, nous voulons être ceux qui l’ont lancée».

#FreeAhedTamimi

Dans la vidéo du 15 décembre visionnée plusieurs milliers de fois, Ahed et sa cousine interpellent et molestent physiquement deux soldats israéliens qui demeurent immobiles. Coups de poing, coups de pied, gifles: les deux jeunes femmes rejointes par d’autres habitants finissent par former une chaîne humaine pour bloquer l’entrée du domicile. La veille, son cousin, Mohammed al-Tamimi, avait été touché à la tête par une balle en caoutchouc. Symbole du courage palestinien et d’une jeunesse qui se révolte sans armes, Ahed Tamimi bénéficie d’un large soutien. Sur Twitter, le hashtag #FreeAhedTamimi est devenu viral.

Apparence et empathie

Selon la psychiatre Samah Jabr, interrogée par Le Monde, ce mouvement de solidarité n’est pas dû au hasard. «Si Ahed avait été brune et voilée, elle n’aurait pas reçu la même empathie de la part des médias internationaux. Un tel profil [brune et voilée] est plus facilement associé à l’islamisme et donc au terrorisme. Son attitude aurait alors été aussitôt liée à de la violence plus qu’à de l’héroïsme, comme c’est le cas aujourd’hui.»

«Provocatrice qui médiatise ses actes»

Du côté israélien en revanche, Ahed Tamimi est vue comme une «provocatrice qui sait médiatiser ses actes», elle-même manipulée par sa famille. Face aux méthodes de la jeune activiste, le quotidien Times of Israel souligne la réaction «professionnelle» des soldats de Tsahal qui restent impassibles, malgré l’humiliation.

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Ahed Tamimi, le nouveau visage de la révolte palestinienne

Julien Licourt

Le Figaro

PORTRAIT – Deux yeux bleus sous un amas de cheveux blonds et bouclés. En quelques années, la jeune fille est devenue un symbole. Âgée de 16 ans, elle jugée aujourd’hui pour avoir frappé des soldats israéliens. Elle risque 7 ans de prison.

Elle rêvait de devenir footballeuse au FC Barcelone. Le sport n’aura pas fait d’elle une icône, l’activisme politique, oui. Ahed Tamimi, 16 ans seulement, est devenue en quelques années, et autant d’images choc, le nouveau visage de la révolte palestinienne face à l’occupation israélienne de la Cisjordanie. La jeune femme, placée en détention fin décembre suite à la diffusion d’une vidéo, devenue virale, où on la voit frapper deux soldats israéliens, est jugée aujourd’hui par un tribunal militaire. Mardi, à l’ouverture de l’audience, la juge a demandé aux journalistes et aux diplomates présents de sortir, autorisant seulement la famille à rester. Retour sur le parcours éclair d’une militante tombée dans l’activisme dès son plus jeune âge.

L’histoire d’Ahed Tamimi est intrinsèquement liée à Nabi Saleh, petit village de Cisjordanie, situé entre Tel Aviv et Jérusalem. Cette bourgade arabe de quelques centaines d’habitants fait face à la colonie israélienne de Halamish, qui s’est appropriée des terres et une source d’eau appartenant au village. Un acte qui révolte les habitants de Nabi Saleh. Dès 2009, une marche hebdomadaire de protestation est organisée et tourne régulièrement à la confrontation avec les forces israéliennes. La famille Tamimi est en pointe de la contestation.

Ahed Tamimi, ici en 2010. Elle est âgée de seulement 9 ans.
Ahed Tamimi, ici en 2010. Elle est âgée de seulement 9 ans. – Crédits photo : ABBAS MOMANI/AFP

Arrêté de nombreuses fois, le père d’Ahed, Bassem Tamimi, 50 ans, en est un des leaders. Bassem rêve de créer «un modèle de résistance civile, qui prouverait que nous ne sommes pas des terroristes et que nous sommes les propriétaires de ces terres, explique-t-il au journal israélien Haaretz, en 2010. Nous voulons envoyer aux Palestiniens et Israéliens le message qu’il existe cet autre modèle de résistance, non-violent.» En 2012, son activisme le conduit une nouvelle fois en prison, Amnesty international mènera une campagne pour faire libérer celui que l’ONG qualifie de «prisonnier de conscience».

L’arme, c’est l’image

Lors des manifestations de Nabi Saleh, les pierres volent. Mais ce ne sont pas les projectiles principaux. La véritable arme ici, c’est l’image. L’oncle d’Ahed, Bilal Tamimi a lancé son «agence de presse citoyenne», «Tamimi press international». En réalité un blog diffusant quelques nouvelles de la lutte locale. La mère d’Ahed, Nariman Tamimi, tout aussi engagée que son mari, se retrouve souvent derrière la caméra, à filmer les confrontations.

Ahed Tamimi, en 2012. C'est l'image qui la fait connaître à l'international.
Ahed Tamimi, en 2012. C’est l’image qui la fait connaître à l’international. – Crédits photo : ABBAS MOMANI/AFP

Et pour parvenir à ses fins, la famille Tamimi ne craint pas non plus de mettre en avant ses enfants. Bassem Tamimi estime même que leur présence est «cruciale pour les aider à prendre confiance et leur apprendre à faire face aux problèmes». C’est ainsi qu’en 2010, Ahed Tamimi se retrouve sur la première photo diffusée à l’international par l’Agence France presse (voir ci-dessus). Âgée de 9 ans, la petite fille est alors vêtue d’une robe taillée dans un keffieh palestinien. Devant elle s’avance un soldat israélien, dont le fusil d’assaut semble presque aussi grand qu’elle.

Deux ans plus tard sera prise la photo qui fera d’elle une icône. La fillette a un peu grandi. Elle est cette fois vêtue d’un débardeur où l’on voit distinctement le mot Love (amour) et le symbole de la paix popularisé par les hippies. Ahed Tamimi, poursuit des militaires, lève un poing menaçant, bien que totalement dérisoire face aux grands soldats qui l’entourent et que cette rébellion infantile fait sourire. «Je suis plus forte que n’importe lequel de tes soldats», hurle-t-elle. Un reportage de France 2 montre qu’Ahed sait déjà comment jouer avec les caméras. De quoi s’attirer les premières critiques de manipulation.

«L’image est la seule arme dont ils disposent, explique au Figaro Bertrand Heilbronn, le président de l’association France Palestine solidarité, qui a pu rencontrer plusieurs fois certains membres de la famille. Bien sûr, ils cherchent à se faire photographier. Mais c’est également la seule façon qu’ils ont de se protéger face à des soldats. Cela fait partie de la lutte non-violente.»

Le New York Times magazine du 17 mars 2013. Ahed Tamimi est située en bas, la deuxième en partant de la droite.
Le New York Times magazine du 17 mars 2013. Ahed Tamimi est située en bas, la deuxième en partant de la droite. – Crédits photo : Capture d’écran.

Notoriété internationale

Qu’importe, sa notoriété est faite. Le premier ministre turc, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, l’invite pour la féliciter. Un honneur dont l’adolescente n’a que faire. «N’importe quel Palestinien vaut deux Erdogan, car on se bat pour notre terre», dira-t-elle en retour. Le New York Times magazine consacre sa une de mars 2013 à Nabi Saleh, avec pour titre «S’il y a une troisième intifada, nous voulons être ceux qui l’ont lancée.» Ahed Tamimi est l’un des douze portraits mis en valeur par la publication américaine.

En 2015, une nouvelle image fait le tour du monde. On y voit un soldat israélien plaquer au sol un jeune enfant, le frère d’Ahed, le bras dans le plâtre, mais accusé d’avoir lancé des pierres sur les militaires. Un groupe de femmes l’agrippent, dont Ahed Tamimi, qui mord la main de l’homme.

Ahed Tamimi tente de faire lâcher prise en mordant le soldat israélien qui tente d'arrêter son petit frère.
Ahed Tamimi tente de faire lâcher prise en mordant le soldat israélien qui tente d’arrêter son petit frère. – Crédits photo : ABBAS MOMANI/AFP

À l’été 2017, Ahed Tamimi réapparait en Afrique du Sud. À 16 ans, elle est maintenant une jeune fille à la grande chevelure blonde et bouclée. Elle porte toujours le keffieh palestinien. La visite est hautement symbolique: accompagnés de deux autres jeunes activistes, elle dépose une gerbe de fleurs au mémorial de Hector Pieterson, jeune Sud-Africain tué lors d’une manifestation de la population noire à Soweto dans les années 1960. Elle expliquait alors lors d’une rencontre avec les habitants qu’elle ne voulait pas être soutenue «à cause de quelques larmes photogéniques, mais parce que nous avons fait le choix d’une juste lutte. C’est la seule façon d’arrêter de pleurer un jour.»

La jeune fille est de toutes les luttes. Aussi, lorsque le président américain Donald Trump décide de transférer l’ambassade américaine à Jérusalem, elle se joint aux manifestations de Palestiniens. Avec sa cousine Nour, elles s’en prennent à deux soldats israéliens, comme elles l’ont fait si souvent. Elles les frappent, les giflent. Les deux hommes restent impassibles.

Relayée par les médias, la vidéo est vue des millions de fois. Sauf que l’image d’Ahed Tamimi n’est pas du tout la même, côté israélien. On n’y voit pas la résistante, mais une «provocatrice qui sait médiatiser ses actes», selon certains journaux, qui soulignent l’humiliation dont sont victimes les soldats de Tsahal et, à travers eux, de tout le pays. Dans la nuit du 18 au 19 décembre, l’adolescente est arrêtée. Les images de la jeune femme sont à nouveau publiées dans tous les médias.

Ahed Tamimi, lors de sa comparution devant le tribunal militaire, le 1er janvier.
Ahed Tamimi, lors de sa comparution devant le tribunal militaire, le 1er janvier. – Crédits photo : AMMAR AWAD/REUTERS

Le 1er janvier, le tribunal décide de retenir 12 chefs d’inculpation contre elle, portant notamment sur 5 autres faits de l’année précédente (agression des forces de sécurité, lancé de pierres ou encore pour avoir participé à des émeutes). La jeune femme risque 7 ans de prison.

Voir aussi:

L’adolescente palestinienne Ahed Tamimi plaide coupable devant la justice militaire israélienne

L’adolescente, devenue un symbole de la lutte contre l’occupation pour une vidéo la montrant giflant un soldat en Cisjordanie, a été condamnée à huit mois de prison.

Piotr Smolar (Nabi Saleh, Cisjordanie, envoyé spécial)

Le Monde

Ahed Tamimi sortira de prison d’ici à l’été. La jeune Palestinienne, arrêtée pour avoir giflé et bousculé un soldat israélien dans son village de Nabi Saleh, en Cisjordanie, a accepté de plaider coupable, mercredi 21 mars. Détenue depuis décembre 2017, elle a été condamnée à huit mois de prison. Le parquet militaire a abandonné huit des douze charges retenues à l’origine contre cette adolescente, devenue une figure iconique sur les réseaux sociaux, dans les territoires occupés et à l’étranger.

Ahed Tamimi, 17 ans, a fait comme les centaines d’autres mineurs palestiniens arrêtés chaque année : elle a plaidé coupable car elle ne pouvait se défendre conformément aux normes du droit.

En 2013, le Fonds des Nations unies pour l’enfance (Unicef) parlait de mauvais traitements « institutionnalisés » sur les mineurs par la justice militaire israélienne. Dans un rapport publié le 20 mars, l’ONG israélienne B’Tselem s’est également penchée sur ce système. Elle souligne la continuité des abus depuis que cette justice des mineurs est apparue en 2009 : arrestations de nuit, isolement, menaces, abus verbaux et parfois physiques…

Selon le rapport, dans « l’écrasante majorité des cas », le tribunal pour mineurs se contente d’entériner la pratique du « plaider coupable ». Une issue acceptée par le clan Tamimi, dès lors que le tribunal avait refusé la publicité des débats. « Cela signifiait qu’il n’y aurait aucun procès équitable, devant témoins, explique Me Gaby Lasky, l’avocate d’Ahed. C’était une façon de la faire taire. » Mais faire taire les Tamimi n’est pas une affaire aisée.

Débat national

L’obstination est le trait de caractère partagé dans le clan, contaminant l’ensemble du village de Nabi Saleh. Depuis tant d’années, la cuisine familiale est le quartier général de la lutte locale. Là où les résidents affluent, où les militants passent, où les journalistes se succèdent, posant la même question : « Pourquoi ici ? » Qu’est-ce qui rend cette commune spéciale, sur la carte des mobilisations palestiniennes ?

Cette interrogation a redoublé de vigueur, le 15 décembre 2017, lorsque Ahed Tamimi a pris à partie un soldat israélien qui s’était présenté, une millième fois, devant la maison familiale. Peu avant, son cousin Mohammed avait eu la boîte crânienne fracassée par une balle en caoutchouc. Il est à présent défiguré. Ahed s’est avancée avec sa cousine. Sa mère Nariman filmait, ce qui lui vaudra la même peine de prison que l’adolescente. Les deux Israéliens en uniforme ont fait preuve de retenue : il s’agissait là d’un épisode banal dans le quotidien de l’occupation. Mais la diffusion virale de la vidéo va changer la donne.

Un débat national s’installe sur la fermeté à adopter en pareilles circonstances. « La société israélienne est malade, affirme Bassem Tamimi. Ils ne supportent pas que leurs soldats soient stoppés. Ils voulaient punir Ahed. » Quatre jours après les faits, elle est placée en détention, comme plus de 300 autres mineurs palestiniens actuellement. La différence est que son procès a éveillé une attention sans égal. Selon un sondage publié le 20 mars par le Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey (PSR), 92 % des personnes interrogées disent connaître l’adolescente. Parmi eux, 64 % l’érigent en modèle.

Résistance

Il faut oublier les boucles d’or d’Ahed, expliquant en partie l’empathie qu’elle suscite à l’étranger. Elle est photogénique, certes, mais surtout elle vient de loin, sans légèreté. « Ahed n’a pas eu d’enfance, murmure son père. Ce n’est pas à elle et à sa génération de gifler ce soldat. Je me sens coupable, mais j’espère qu’ils réussiront. Ahed n’a pas giflé un individu mais un uniforme. Je hais ce régime, ce système, la colonisation. »

Bassem Tamimi est un vétéran de la lutte contre l’occupation, qui a intégré l’échec des négociations de paix dans la foulée des accords d’Oslo (1993). Longtemps favorable à la solution à deux Etats, il a changé d’avis pendant la seconde Intifada.

« Les Israéliens gagnent du temps. Leur plan, c’est le grand Israël, de la mer au Jourdain. »

Les dirigeants palestiniens sont à ses yeux déconsidérés. Pourtant, il a accepté d’être reçu par le président Mahmoud Abbas, le 5 février. « On a besoin de tout le monde », lâche-t-il.

Bassem Tamimi a passé une semaine dans le coma en 1993 après avoir été frappé lors d’un interrogatoire. Sa sœur a été tuée, d’autres membres du clan aussi. Emprisonné à neuf reprises, pour une période totale d’environ quatre ans, le père d’Ahed a confronté ses vues à celles d’autres prisonniers. La lutte armée lui paraissait être une voie sans issue.

Il décida alors de transformer Nabi Saleh en laboratoire de la résistance populaire. Consécration en 2013 : le village fait la « une » du New York Times Magazine. Autant dire que Nabi Saleh exaspère les Israéliens. En 2016, une sous-commission à la Knesset (Parlement) a même demandé des vérifications confidentielles, pour établir si les Tamimi constituaient une vraie famille.

Nabi Saleh est situé à environ vingt kilomètres au nord-ouest de Ramallah. Tout le monde se connaît parmi les 600 habitants. On y dit qu’ils sont déjà 260 à être allés en prison, dont 44 mineurs. On partage les deuils et les mariages, les colères et les joies.

Le village dispose d’une source d’eau naturelle qui fait l’objet d’un conflit intense avec les habitants de Halamish, la colonie israélienne qui occupe un flanc de colline en face. Les colons, installés ici depuis 1977, ont rogné les terres privées palestiniennes, au fil des ans, sous la protection de l’armée.

Viral

A compter de 2009, les villageois ont décidé de s’investir collectivement. Au point qu’une sorte de rituel du vendredi s’est imposé, sous l’attention grandissante des médias. D’abord, une courte marche dans les rues ; les soldats se tiennent à l’entrée du village, à pied ou en véhicule blindé ; ils décident d’interrompre ce rassemblement, tirent des grenades lacrymogènes ou assourdissantes ; des jeunes, le visage masqué, essaient de les viser avec des pierres, provoquant une réponse plus forte, des arrestations, des blessures.

Mais la famille Tamimi ne s’est pas contentée de ce rituel local. En utilisant les réseaux sociaux, elle en a fait une sorte de série sans fin. Une page Facebook, une chaîne sur YouTube, des comptes Twitter, des listes d’envoi par courriel : le visage d’Ahed n’est pas devenu viral par magie.

La famille Tamimi a appliqué au village les recettes qui ont marché partout dans le monde, hors des cadres partisans traditionnels, des partis ou des syndicats. Les manifestations ont simplement cessé d’être hebdomadaires, car elles banalisaient la mobilisation et la privaient de tout effet de surprise.

« On était conscients de l’importance de ces réseaux sociaux pour toucher la jeunesse, pour planter des graines en eux et susciter un questionnement, explique Manal, 43 ans, tante d’Ahed. Les vidéos changent le regard des gens. Ils ont vu grandir Ahed ainsi. »

A l’entrée de la maison de Manal, il y a une sorte de galerie des canettes de gaz lacrymogène, récupérées au fil des ans. Sur sa terrasse, de vieux canapés ont été installés. D’ici, on voit la silhouette des soldats se dessiner sur la colline, en début d’après-midi, le vendredi, à l’heure des confrontations. On peut alors prévenir les gamins qui traînent dans la rue.

Voir également:

Particularly violent pictures from a West Bank rally, featuring a young girl biting an IDF soldier, have received international attention.

Distinctively violent images have emerged from an almost typical protest in the West Bank on Friday and have made their way to major media networks around the world.The pictures, taken during a protest in the village of Nebi Salah, show a young girl and two other women struggling with an IDF soldier, who is holding a Palestinian boy by his arm, preventing the boy from moving.

Video purporting to show the violent incident

The IDF said in response that the boy was throwing stones, and as such a decision was made to arrest him.

The Daily Mail featured the image and wrote, « With terror etched on his face, the boy is powerless to move as the gunman towers over him, with the muzzle of his weapon just inches from his cheek. »

Photo: AFP

Photo: AFP

Photo:Reuters

Photo:Reuters

Photo:Reuters

Photo:Reuters

Photo:Reuters

Photo:Reuters

The British daily further added, « But as he pins the boy to a rock, the soldier suddenly finds himself ambushed by a young girl who forces the weapon from his grasp and bites his hand. Meanwhile, two women claw at his balaclava-clad face and drag him off the youngster. Eventually, the gunman flees the scene, leaving the young girl to cradle the terrified boy in her arms. »

Photo:Reuters

Photo:Reuters

Photo:AFP

Photo:AFP

The Daily Mail mentioned that the circumstances of the incident were unclear, and they were unaware of what caused the soldier to « take such drastic actions. »

However, they do mention that these protests often involve Palestinian youths and children throwing stones at security forces.

The IDF spokesperson has confirmed that the events occurred during a violent protest in which Palestinians threw stones at an IDF force that was set up in the area.

Photo:Reuters

Photo:Reuters

« The youth in the picture was seen throwing rocks, and as such a decision was made to arrest him. During the arrest, a violent provocation began which included a number of Palestinian women and children. As a result of the violent clash, a decision was made by the regional commander to cease the arrest, » the IDF said in a statement.

Army officials added that: « Two additional Palestinian youths were arrested for throwing stones during the violent clashes. The soldier pictured was lightly wounded as a result of the violent actions against him. »

Palestinians also threw stones at an IDF bulldozer during clashes on Friday in the village of Kadum, near Nablus.

The protests occurred a mere day after the outgoing EU envoy to the Palestinian Territories announced that 28 EU member states were advancing measures against the settlements. According to the envoy, John Gatt-Rutter, « there is support within the union to go on with the measures ». Rutter added that, « There are more tools » which the Union could use against the settlements. »

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Israellycool And Readers Get Shirley Temper’s Name Splashed Across Daily Mail (Updated)


Ostensibly, it looks like every Israel hater’s wet dream: images of an armed IDF soldier trying to detain a young boy wearing a sling, while having women and children trying to stop him, armed with nothing but their hands.

Of course, there was context.

“The youth in the picture was seen throwing rocks, and as such a decision was made to arrest him. During the arrest, a violent provocation began which included a number of Palestinian women and children. As a result of the violent clash, a decision was made by the regional commander to cease the arrest,” the IDF said in a statement.

Army officials added that: “Two additional Palestinian youths were arrested for throwing stones during the violent clashes. The soldier pictured was lightly wounded as a result of the violent actions against him.”

But the initial Daily Mail report very much reflected the “simple” narrative

And then something amazing happened.

Israellycool readers recognized the biting girl as the Pallywood star “Shirley Temper”, whose exploits I have documented comprehensively on this blog. Exploits which involve deliberately trying to provoke IDF soldiers under the watchful and encouraging eye of her parents, in order to produce great images for propaganda.

And they might have gotten away with it too, had it not been for those meddling yids!

Readers inundated the Daily Mail with links to this blog showing what Shirley Temper and her family have been up to. And Brian of London also contacted an editor over at the paper.

And the Daily Mail responded – by changing the tone of the story entirely, providing context to it and revealing Shirley Temper’s history.

Questions raised over shocking West Bank image of boy with a broken arm being held at gunpoint by an Israeli soldier after girl, 13, seen biting attacker is revealed as prolific ‘Pallywood star’

Questions have been raised over the authenticity of shocking images of a boy with a broken arm being held at gunpoint by an Israeli soldier after a 13-year-old girl seen biting his attacker is said to be a prolific ‘Pallywood star’.

The remarkable images which surfaced online on Friday appeared to show an IDF soldier armed with a machine gun grappling with the little boy as two women make desperate attempts to pull him off following protests in the West Bank.

A young girl is seen ambushing the balaclava-clad soldier by forcing the weapon from his hands and biting him before he flees the scene.

But it is thought the young girl in the photographs is Ahed Tamimi, whose parents Bassem and Nariman – also pictured – are well-known Palestinian activists in their village of Nabi Saleh.

The teenager has appeared in a string of similar videos where she challenges Israeli security forces and rose to prominence after she was filmed confronting one who arrested her brother, which resulted in her being presented with a bravery award.

She was handed the ‘Handala Award for Courage’ by the president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, in Istanbul, where she reportedly expressed she would like to live.

Online blogs have dubbed her ‘Shirley Temper’ and accused her of being a ‘Pallywood’ star – a term coined by author Richard Landes, describing the alleged media manipulation by Palestinians to win public relations war against Israel.

Her father, Bassem al-Tamimi, was convicted by an Israeli military court in 2011 for ‘sending people to throw stones, and holding a march without a permit’ – a charge his lawyers deny.

He has been jailed eight times, while his wife has been detained five times. Other family members, including their son Waed, has also been arrested.

Bassem organises weekly protests and it was reportedly at one of these demonstrations that the shocking images are said to have been taken.

An Israeli army spokesman said that Palestinians had been throwing stones at an IDF force which was set up in the area.

An image has emerged on the internet of a boy, said to be the youth that was held at gunpoint, throwing rocks with one arm, while his other remained in plaster and in a sling.

The spokesman added that a decision was made to arrest the boy and it was during the detention that a ‘violent provocation’ began, including a number of Palestinian women and children.

He told Haaretz that there was ‘a violent disturbance of the peace in Nabi Saleh, in which Palestinians threw stones at IDF forces that were in the place.

‘The youth who was photographed was identified by the lookout force as a stone-thrower, and because of this it was decided to detain him.

At the time of the arrest, a violent provocation by a number of Palestinians developed, including women and children. In light of the violent altercation, the commander decided to not to go ahead with the detention.’

He added: ‘Two additional Palestinian youths were arrested for throwing stones during the violent clashes. The soldier pictured was lightly wounded as a result of the violent actions against him.’

Notice the oblique reference to Israellycool as “online blogs” (for the record, I invented the label Shirley Temper).

But I’ll take this as a win. Allowed to go unchecked, this would have been an unmitigated PR disaster for Israel. As it is, I am sure some damage has been done, but not as much as would have been the case had the Daily Mail not been alerted to the Tamimi family’s background in Pallywood productions. Now, Daily Mail readers will see the images, read the article, and might ask “What kind of parents would allow their child – already in a sling – to be placed in harm’s way?”

So thank you dear readers. We really can make a difference.

Update: Ahed Tamimi, Shirley Temper herself, shared on her Facebook page a link to the original Daily Mail story.

She’s in for a rude shock when she discovers it now points to the updated version, which exposes her family’s antics to a larger audience.

Update: It looks like The Telegraph had covered the confrontation, but has now pulled the story.

Update: This photo confirms the IDF account – Shirley Temper’s brother was throwing rocks before his Oscar-winning performance (hat tip: Johnny and other readers).

Update (Brian): The photo of the brother throwing rocks may have been doctored. We have taken it down pending more investigation.

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Questions raised over shocking West Bank image of boy with a broken arm being held at gunpoint by an Israeli soldier after girl, 13, seen biting attacker is revealed as prolific ‘Pallywood star’

  • Israeli soldier was pictured pinning boy to the floor with machine gun held up near his cheek in the West Bank
  • But the gunman is ambushed by young girl who forces weapon from his hand and two women who claw at his face 
  • Girl in pictures is believed to be Ahed Tamimi, whose parents Bassem and Nariman are Palestinian activists
  • She has appeared in a string of similar videos where she confronts Israeli soldiers and once won a bravery award 
  • Clash happened during demonstrations against Palestinian land confiscation to expand nearby Jewish settlement 

The Daily Mail

Questions have been raised over the authenticity of shocking images of a boy with a broken arm being held at gunpoint by an Israeli soldier after a 13-year-old girl seen biting his attacker is said to be a prolific ‘Pallywood star’.

The remarkable images which surfaced online on Friday appeared to show an IDF soldier armed with a machine gun grappling with the little boy as two women make desperate attempts to pull him off following protests in the West Bank.

A young girl is seen ambushing the balaclava-clad soldier by forcing the weapon from his hands and biting him before he flees the scene.

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This shocking image which appears to show Palestinians fighting to free a little boy held by an Israeli soldier appeared online on Friday

This shocking image which appears to show Palestinians fighting to free a little boy held by an Israeli soldier appeared online on Friday

But it is thought the young girl in the photographs is Ahed Tamimi, whose parents Bassem and Nariman – also pictured – are well-known Palestinian activists in their village of Nabi Saleh.

The teenager has appeared in a string of similar videos where she challenges Israeli security forces and rose to prominence after she was filmed confronting one who arrested her brother, which resulted in her being presented with a bravery award.

She was handed the ‘Handala Award for Courage’ by the president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in Istanbul, where she reportedly expressed she would like to live.

Online blogs have dubbed her ‘Shirley Temper’ and accused her of being a ‘Pallywood’ star – a term coined by author Richard Landes, describing the alleged media manipulation by Palestinians to win public relations war against Israel.

The Israeli soldier is said to have put the young boy in a headlock at gunpoint following a march against Palestinian land confiscation to expand the Jewish Hallamish settlement in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh

The Israeli soldier is said to have put the young boy in a headlock at gunpoint following a march against Palestinian land confiscation to expand the Jewish Hallamish settlement in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh

According to an Israeli army spokesperson, the boy in the pictures was accused of throwing stones at IDF soldiers and was arrested

According to an Israeli army spokesperson, the boy in the pictures was accused of throwing stones at IDF soldiers and was arrested

It was then that the soldier was ambushed by a girl, who forces the weapon from his grasp, while two other women desperately fight to free the little boy

It was then that the soldier was ambushed by a girl, who forces the weapon from his grasp, while two other women desperately fight to free the little boy

Her father, Bassem al-Tamimi, was convicted by an Israeli military court in 2011 for ‘sending people to throw stones, and holding a march without a permit’ – a charge his lawyers deny.

He has been jailed eight times, while his wife has been detained five times. Other family members, including their son Waed, has also been arrested.

Bassem organises weekly protests and it was reportedly at one of these demonstrations that the shocking images are said to have been taken.

An Israeli army spokesman said that Palestinians had been throwing stones at an IDF force which was set up in the area.

An image has emerged on the internet of a boy, said to be the youth that was held at gunpoint, throwing rocks with one arm, while his other remained in plaster and in a sling.

The spokesman added that a decision was made to arrest the boy and it was during the detention that a ‘violent provocation’ began, including a number of Palestinian women and children.

He told Haaretz that there was ‘a violent disturbance of the peace in Nabi Saleh, in which Palestinians threw stones at IDF forces that were in the place.

It has emerged that the girl in the pictures (far left) is believed to be Ahed Tamimi, who has appeared in similar videos online where she confronts Israeli soldiers

It has emerged that the girl in the pictures (far left) is believed to be Ahed Tamimi, who has appeared in similar videos online where she confronts Israeli soldiers

She rose to prominence after she was filmed confronting a soldier who arrested her brother, which resulted in her being presented with a bravery award

She rose to prominence after she was filmed confronting a soldier who arrested her brother, which resulted in her being presented with a bravery award

Online blogs have dubbed her 'Shirley Temper' and accused her of being a 'Pallywood' star - a term coined by author Richard Landes, describing the alleged media manipulation by Palestinians to win public relations war against Israel 

Online blogs have dubbed her ‘Shirley Temper’ and accused her of being a ‘Pallywood’ star – a term coined by author Richard Landes, describing the alleged media manipulation by Palestinians to win public relations war against Israel

‘The youth who was photographed was identified by the lookout force as a stone-thrower, and because of this it was decided to detain him. At the time of the arrest, a violent provocation by a number of Palestinians developed, including women and children. In light of the violent altercation, the commander decided to not to go ahead with the detention.’

He added: ‘Two additional Palestinian youths were arrested for throwing stones during the violent clashes. The soldier pictured was lightly wounded as a result of the violent actions against him.’ 

The clash happened in the village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah, during protests against Palestinian land confiscation to expand the nearby Jewish Hallamish settlement.

In another flashpoint, Palestinian protester hurled stones at Israeli army bulldozer during clashes which following a protest against Israeli settlements in Qadomem, Kofr Qadom village, near the the West Bank city of Nablus.

They come a day after the European Union’s outgoing envoy to the Palestinian territories said the 28-nation bloc was moving forward with measures against Jewish West Bank settlements.

The envoy, John Gatt-Rutter, did not provide a timeframe. But his remarks to reporters underline European discontent with Israel’s continued expansion of settlements in territory that Palestinians want for a future state.

A Palestinian protester, with a petrol bomb in his pocket, hurls rocks towards Israeli security forces during clashes following a demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel on August 28, 2015 in the village of Kafr Qaddum, near Nablus in the occupied West Bank

A Palestinian protester throws stones towards a vehicle of Israeli security forces firing tear gas canisters during clashes following a demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel on August 28, 2015 in the village of Kafr Qaddum, near Nablus in the occupied West Bank

Violent: A Palestinian protester (left), with a petrol bomb in his pocket, hurls rocks towards Israeli security forces during clashes after a demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel in the village of Kafr Qaddum, near Nablus in the occupied West Bank

Palestinian protester hurls stones at Israeli army bulldozer during clashes which following a protest against Israeli settlements in Qadomem

Palestinian protester hurls stones at Israeli army bulldozer during clashes which following a protest against Israeli settlements in Qadomem

Gatt-Rutter said ‘there is support within the union to go on’, adding that there are ‘more tools’ the EU can use.

The EU, Israel’s biggest trading partner, is exploring guidelines that would require Israel to label settlement products.

It already bars goods produced in settlements from receiving customs exemptions given to Israeli goods.

Gatt-Rutter’s remarks come as a grassroots movement promoting boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel is gaining steam.

Members of Israeli security forces aims their weapons towards Palestinian stone throwers during clashes following a demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel in the village of Kafr Qaddum, near Nablus in the occupied West Bank

Members of Israeli security forces aims their weapons towards Palestinian stone throwers during clashes following a demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel in the village of Kafr Qaddum, near Nablus in the occupied West Bank

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After at least 20 were killed last Friday by Israeli forces, protesters ignited tires to create black smoke hoping to block visibility
Telesur
6 April 2018

At least four Palestinian protesters were killed, and over 200 have been wounded after Israeli troops opened fire on protesters along the Israel-Gaza border Friday. Five of the persons injured as thousands participated in the March of Return are said to be in critical condition according to medical officials.

The deaths in Friday’s protest follow 24 others, which took place in the first round of demonstrations last week, and add to the trend of severe violence from Israeli troops that led to over 1000 injuries over the same period. Thousands converged on Gaza’s border with Israel and set fire to mounds of tires, which were supposed to block the visibility of Israeli snipers and avoid more deaths, in the second week of demonstrations.

Israel’s violent response to peaceful protests has been heavily criticized over the last week. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has urged troops to exercise restraint, these calls, however, haven’t been heeded.

Israeli officials have attempted to portray the use of deadly force and firearms as a necessary measure to prevent “terrorists” from infiltrating into Israel and to « protect its border. »

An Israeli military spokesman said Friday they “will not allow any breach of the security infrastructure and fence, which protects Israeli civilians.”

However, the U.N. has reminded the Israeli government that an attempt to cross the border fence does not amount to “threat to life or serious injury that would justify the use of live ammunition.”

The U.N. has also stressed Israel remains the occupying force in Gaza and has the « obligations to ensure that excessive force is not employed against protestors and that in the context of a military occupation, as in the case in Gaza, the unjustified and unlawful recourse to firearms by law enforcement resulting in death may amount to willful killing. »

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Israeli public radio Thursday that « if there are provocations, there will be a reaction of the harshest kind like last week, » showing no sign that his government would reconsider their strategy when responding to unarmed protesters.

Pro-Israel organization StandWithUs has resorted to claiming Palestinians are faking injuries to garner international sympathy and supported their claims by posting videos showing « Palestinians practicing for the cameras. » The Palestinians in the video were actually practicing how to evacuate the wounded during the protest.

Other claims advanced by Israeli authorities include accusing the political party Hamas, which Israel considers a terrorist organization, of being, behind the protests.

Asad Abu Sharekh, the spokesperson of the march, has countered the claim saying « the march is organized by refugees, doctors, lawyers, university students, Palestinian intellectuals, academics, civil society organizations and Palestinian families. »

Since March 30th, which marks Palestinian Land Day, thousands have set up several tent encampments within Gaza, some 65 kilometers away from the border.

The symbolic move is part of the Great March of Return which aims to demand the right of over 5 million Palestinian refugees to return to the lands from which they were expelled from after the formation of the state of Israel.

More than half of the 2 million Palestinians who live in Gaza under an over 10-year-long blockade are refugees.

Israel has denied Palestinian refugees this right because of what they call a “demographic threat.”

Voir enfin:

En 1972, dans la revue « Rouge », Edwy Plenel a-t-il vraiment déclaré être solidaire des terroristes des Jeux olympiques de Munich ?

Aerimnos
Checknews
Libération
02/04/2018

Bonjour,

Dans un texte écrit en 1972, publié dans Rouge, l’hebdomadaire de la Ligue communiste révolutionnaire (LCR), Edwy Plenel a, en effet, appelé à «défendre inconditionnellement» les militants de l’organisation palestinienne Septembre Noir, qui venait alors d’assassiner onze membres de l’équipe olympique israélienne lors d’une prise d’otage pendant les Jeux Olympiques de Munich, qui ont eu lieu cette année-là. En ces termes :

« L’action de Septembre Noir a fait éclater la mascarade olympique, a bouleversé les arrangements à l’amiable que les réactionnaires arabes s’apprêtaient à conclure avec Israël (…) Aucun révolutionnaire ne peut se désolidariser de Septembre Noir. Nous devons défendre inconditionnellement face à la répression les militants de cette organisation (…) A Munich, la fin si tragique, selon les philistins de tous poils qui ne disent mot de l’assassinat des militants palestiniens, a été voulue et provoquée par les puissances impérialistes et particulièrement Israël. Il fut froidement décidé d’aller au carnage ».

Voilà plusieurs années que ces mots, signés Joseph Krasny, nom de plume de Plenel dans Rouge, sont connus. C’est en 2008 dans Enquête sur Edwy Plenel, écrit par le journaliste Laurent Huberson, qu’ils sont pour la première fois exhumés. Quasiment un chapitre est consacré à l’anticolonialisme, l’antiracisme, et l’antisionisme radical du jeune militant Plenel. C’est dans ces pages que sont retranscrites ces lignes.

Aujourd’hui, elles figurent en bonne place sur la page Wikipedia du journaliste.

Depuis plusieurs jours, ils refont pourtant surface sur Twitter, partagés la plupart du temps par des comptes proches de l’extrême droite. Ce 3 avril, Gilles-William Goldnadel, avocat, longtemps chroniqueur à Valeurs Actuelles, qui officie aujourd’hui sur C8 dans l’émission de Thierry Ardisson Les Terriens du Dimanche, a interpellé le co-fondateur de Mediapart sur Twitter : «Bonsoir Edwy Plenel, c’est pour une enquête de la France Libre [la webtélé de droite lancée par l’avocat début 2018]. Pourriez-vous s’il vous plaît confirmer ou infirmer les infos qui circulent selon lesquelles vous auriez sous l’alias de Krasny féliciter dans Rouge Septembre Noir ?».

« Ce texte exprime une position que je récuse fermement aujourd’hui »

Plenel n’a pas répondu à Goldnadel sur Twitter. Mais contacté par CheckNews, il a accepté de revenir, par ce mail, sur ce texte écrit en 1972.  En nous demandant de reproduire intégralement sa réponse, «car évidemment, cette campagne n’est pas dénuée d’arrière-pensées partisanes». Que pense donc le Plenel de 2018 des écrits de Krasny en 1972 ?

« Je n’ai jamais fait mystère de mes contributions à Rouge, de 1970 à 1978, sous le pseudonyme de Joseph Krasny. Ce texte, écrit il y a plus de 45 ans, dans un contexte tout autre et alors que j’avais 20 ans, exprime une position que je récuse fermement aujourd’hui. Elle n’avait rien d’exceptionnel dans l’extrême gauche de l’époque, comme en témoigne un article de Jean-Paul Sartre, le fondateur de Libération, sur Munich dans La Cause du peuple–J’accuse du 15 octobre 1972. Tout comme ce philosophe, j’ai toujours dénoncé et combattu l’antisémitisme d’où qu’il vienne et sans hésitation. Mais je refuse l’intimidation qui consiste à taxer d’antisémite toute critique de la politique de l’Etat d’Israël ».

On résume : le co-fondateur de Mediapart, sous le pseudo Joseph Krasny, a bien soutenu en 1972 l’action de l’organisation palestinienne Septembre Noir, qui venait alors d’assassiner onze athlètes israéliens lors des Jeux Olympiques de Munich. Cette chronique, exhumée en 2008 dans un livre critique sur Plenel, a refait surface ces derniers jours sur les réseaux sociaux. Contacté par CheckNews, Edwy Plenel, récuse fermement ce texte aujourd’hui qui, selon lui, n’avait rien d’exceptionnel dans l’extrême gauche de l’époque.

Bien cordialement,

Robin A.

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On the evening of Feb. 10, the living room of Bassem Tamimi’s house in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh was filled with friends and relatives smoking and sipping coffee, waiting for Bassem to return from prison. His oldest son, Waed, 16, was curled on the couch with his 6-year-old brother, Salam, playing video games on the iPhone that the prime minister of Turkey had given their sister, Ahed. She had been flown to Istanbul to receive an award after photos of her shaking her fist at an armed Israeli soldier won her, at 11, a brief but startling international celebrity. Their brother Abu Yazan, who is 9, was on a tear in the yard, wrestling with an Israeli activist friend of Bassem’s. Nariman, the children’s mother, crouched in a side room, making the final preparations for her husband’s homecoming meal, laughing at the two photographers competing for shots from the narrow doorway as she spread onions onto oiled flatbreads.

On the living-room wall was a “Free Bassem Tamimi” poster, left over from his last imprisonment for helping to organize the village’s weekly protests against the Israeli occupation, which he has done since 2009. He was gone for 13 months that time, then home for 5 before he was arrested again in October. A lot happened during this latest stint: another brief war in Gaza, a vote in the United Nations granting observer statehood to Palestine, the announcement of plans to build 3,400 homes for settlers, an election in Israel. Protests were spreading around the West Bank.

That night, the call came at about 7:30. Twenty people squeezed into three small cars and headed to the village square. More neighbors and cousins arrived on foot. (All of Nabi Saleh’s 550 residents are related by blood or marriage, and nearly all share the surname Tamimi.) Then a dark Ford pulled slowly into the square, and everyone fell silent.

Bassem, who is 45, stepped out of the car, straight-spined, his blue eyes glowing in the lamplight. He seemed a little thinner and grayer than the last time I saw him, in July. He hugged and kissed his eldest son. Ahed was next, then one by one, in silence, Bassem embraced family and friends, Palestinian activists from Ramallah and Jerusalem, Israeli leftists from Tel Aviv. When he had greeted everyone, he walked to the cemetery and stopped in front of the still-unmarked grave of his brother-in-law Rushdie, who was shot by Israeli soldiers in November while Bassem was in prison. He closed his eyes and said a quick prayer before moving on to the tomb of Mustafa Tamimi, who died after being hit in the face by a tear-gas canister in December 2011.

Back at home, Bassem looked dazed. Nariman broke down in his arms and rushed outside to hide her tears. The village was still mourning Rushdie’s death, but the young men couldn’t keep up the solemnity for long. They started with little Hamoudi, the son of Bassem’s cousin, tossing him higher and higher in the air above the yard. They set him down and took turns tossing one another up into the night sky, laughing and shouting as if they never had anything to grieve.

From most south-facing windows in Nabi Saleh, you can see the red roofs of Halamish, the Israeli settlement on the hilltop across the valley. It has been there since 1977, founded by members of the messianic nationalist group Gush Emunim, and growing steadily since on land that once belonged to residents of Nabi Saleh and another Palestinian village. Next to Halamish is an Israeli military base, and in the valley between Nabi Saleh and the settlement, across the highway and up a dirt path, a small freshwater spring, which Palestinians had long called Ein al-Qaws, bubbles out of a low stone cliff. In the summer of 2008, although the land surrounding the spring has for generations belonged to the family of Bashir Tamimi, who is 57, the youth of Halamish began building the first of a series of low pools that collect its waters. Later they added a bench and an arbor for shade. (Years after, the settlers retroactively applied for a building permit, which Israeli authorities refused to issue, ruling that “the applicants did not prove their rights to the relevant land.” Recently, several of the structures have been removed.) When Palestinians came to tend to their crops in the fields beside it, the settlers, villagers said, threatened and threw stones at them.

It took the people of Nabi Saleh more than a year to get themselves organized. In December 2009 they held their first march, protesting not just the loss of the spring but also the entire complex system of control — of permits, checkpoints, walls, prisons — through which Israel maintains its hold on the region. Nabi Saleh quickly became the most spirited of the dozen or so West Bank villages that hold weekly demonstrations against the Israeli occupation. Since the demonstrations began, more than 100 people in the village have been jailed. Nariman told me that by her count, as of February, clashes with the army have caused 432 injuries, more than half to minors. The momentum has been hard to maintain — the weeks go by, and nothing changes for the better — but still, despite the arrests, the injuries and the deaths, every Friday after the midday prayer, the villagers, joined at times by equal numbers of journalists and Israeli and foreign activists, try to march from the center of town to the spring, a distance of perhaps half a mile. And every Friday, Israeli soldiers stop them with some combination of tear gas, rubber-coated bullets, water-cannon blasts of a noxious liquid known as “skunk” and occasionally live fire.

Last summer, I spent three weeks in Nabi Saleh, staying in Bassem and Nariman’s home. When I arrived in June, Bassem had just been released from prison. In March 2011, Israeli soldiers raided the house to arrest him. Among lesser charges, he had been accused in a military court of “incitement,” organizing “unauthorized processions” and soliciting the village youth to throw stones. (In 2010, 99.74 percent of the Palestinians tried in military courts were convicted.) The terms of Bassem’s release forbade him to take part in demonstrations, which are all effectively illegal under Israeli military law, so on the first Friday after I arrived, just after the midday call to prayer, he walked with me only as far as the square, where about 50 villagers had gathered in the shade of an old mulberry tree. They were joined by a handful of Palestinian activists from Ramallah and East Jerusalem, mainly young women; perhaps a dozen college-age European and American activists; a half-dozen Israelis, also mainly women — young anarchists in black boots and jeans, variously pierced. Together they headed down the road, clapping and chanting in Arabic and English. Bassem’s son Abu Yazan, licking a Popsicle, marched at the back of the crowd.

Then there were the journalists, scurrying up hillsides in search of better vantage points. In the early days of the protests, the village teemed with reporters from across the globe, there to document the tiny village’s struggle against the occupation. “Sometimes they come and sometimes they don’t,” Mohammad Tamimi, who is 24 and coordinates the village’s social-media campaign, would tell me later. Events in the Middle East — the revolution in Egypt and civil war in Syria — and the unchanging routine of the weekly marches have made it that much harder to hold the world’s attention. That Friday there was just one Palestinian television crew and a few Israeli and European photographers, the regulars among them in steel helmets.

In the protests’ first year, to make sure that the demonstrations — and the fate of Palestinians living under Israeli occupation — didn’t remain hidden behind the walls and fences that surround the West Bank, Mohammad began posting news to a blog and later a Facebook page (now approaching 4,000 followers) under the name Tamimi Press. Soon Tamimi Press morphed into a homegrown media team: Bilal Tamimi shooting video and uploading protest highlights to his YouTube channel; Helme taking photographs; and Mohammad e-mailing news releases to 500-odd reporters and activists. Manal, who is married to Bilal, supplements the effort with a steady outpouring of tweets (@screamingtamimi).

News of the protests moves swiftly around the globe, bouncing among blogs on the left and right. Left-leaning papers like Britain’s Guardian and Israel’s Haaretz still cover major events in the village — deaths and funerals, Bassem’s arrests and releases — but a right-wing Israeli news site has for the last year begun to recycle the same headline week after week: “Arabs, Leftists Riot in Nabi Saleh.” Meanwhile, a pilgrimage to Nabi Saleh has achieved a measure of cachet among young European activists, the way a stint with the Zapatistas did in Mexico in the 1990s. For a time, Nariman regularly prepared a vegan feast for the exhausted outsiders who lingered after the protests. (Among the first things she asked me when I arrived was whether I was a vegan. Her face brightened when I said no.)

Whatever success they have had in the press, the people of Nabi Saleh are intensely conscious of everything they have not achieved. The occupation, of course, persists. When I arrived in June, the demonstrators had not once made it to the spring. Usually they didn’t get much past the main road, where they would turn and find the soldiers waiting around the bend. That week though, they decided to cut straight down the hillside toward the spring. Bashir led the procession, waving a flag. As usual, Israeli Army jeeps were waiting below the spring. The four soldiers standing outside them looked confused — it seemed they hadn’t expected the protesters to make it so far. The villagers marched past them to the spring, where they surprised three settlers eating lunch in the shade, still wet from a dip in one of the pools. One wore only soggy briefs and a rifle slung over his chest.

The kids raced past. The grown-ups filed in, chatting and smoking. More soldiers arrived in body armor, carrying rifles and grenade launchers. Waed and Abu Yazan kicked a soccer ball until a boy spotted a bright orange carp in one of the pools and Abu Yazan and others tried to catch it with their bare hands, splashing until the water went cloudy and the carp disappeared.

Four settlers appeared on the ledge above the spring, young men in sunglasses and jeans, one of them carrying an automatic rifle. Beside me, a sturdy, bald officer from the Israel Defense Forces argued with an Israeli protester. “I let you come,” the officer insisted. “Now you have to go.”

The children piled onto the swing the settlers had built and swung furiously, singing. A young settler argued with the I.D.F. officer, insisting that he clear the protesters away.

“What difference does 10 minutes make?” the officer said.

“Every 10 seconds makes a difference,” the settler answered.

But before their 10 minutes were up, one hour after they arrived, the villagers gathered the children and left as they had come, clapping and chanting, their defiance buoyed by joy. For the first time in two and a half years, they had made it to the spring.

They headed back along the highway, which meant they would have to pass the road leading to Halamish. Ahed, her blond hair in a long braid, clutched a cousin at the front of the procession. As they approached the road, a border-police officer tossed a stun grenade — a device that makes a loud bang and a flash but theoretically, at least, causes no bodily harm — at Ahed’s feet, and then another, and another. Within a few seconds, the marchers were racing up the hill back toward their village, tear-gas grenades streaking through the sky above their heads.

On warm summer evenings, life in Nabi Saleh could feel almost idyllic. Everyone knows everyone. Children run in laughing swarms from house to house. One night, Bassem and Nariman sat outside sharing a water pipe as Nariman read a translated Dan Brown novel and little Salam pranced gleefully about, announcing, “I am Salam, and life is beautiful!”

Bassem is employed by the Palestinian Authority’s Interior Ministry in a department charged with approving entrance visas for Palestinians living abroad. In practice, he said, P.A. officials “have no authority” — the real decisions are made in Israel and passed to the P.A. for rubber-stamping. Among other things, this meant that Bassem rarely had to report to his office in Ramallah, leaving his days free to care for his ailing mother — she died several weeks after I left the village last summer — and strategizing on the phone, meeting international visitors and talking to me over many cups of strong, unsweetened coffee. We would talk in the living room, over the hum of an Al Jazeera newscast. A framed image of Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa Mosque hung above the television (more out of nationalist pride than piety: Bassem’s outlook was thoroughly secular).

Though many people in Nabi Saleh have been jailed, only Bassem was declared a “prisoner of conscience” by Amnesty International. Foreign diplomats attended his court hearings in 2011. Bassem’s charisma surely has something to do with the attention. A strange, radiant calm seemed to hover around him. He rarely smiled, and tended to drop weighty pronouncements (“Our destiny is to resist”) in ordinary speech, but I saw his reserve crumble whenever one of his children climbed into his lap.

When Israeli forces occupied the West Bank in 1967, Bassem was 10 weeks old. His mother hid with him in a cave until the fighting ended. He remembers playing in the abandoned British police outpost that is now the center of the I.D.F. base next to Halamish, and accompanying the older kids who took their sheep to pasture on the hilltop where the settlement now stands. His mother went to the spring for water every day. The settlers arrived when he was 9.

Halamish is now fully established and cozier than most gated communities in the United States. Behind the razor wire and chain-link perimeter fence, past the gate and the armed guard, there are playgrounds, a covered pool, a community center and amphitheater, a clinic, a library, a school and several synagogues. The roads are well paved and lined with flowers, the yards lush with lemon trees. Halamish now functions as a commuter suburb; many of the residents work in white-collar jobs in Tel Aviv or Modi’in. The settlement’s population has grown to more than double that of Nabi Saleh.

I first met Shifra Blass, the spokeswoman for Halamish, in 2010. She talked about how empty the West Bank — she used the biblical name, Judea and Samaria — was when she and her husband emigrated from the U.S. in the early 1970s, intent on establishing a Jewish presence in a land they believed had been promised to them. Relations with the surrounding villages, she told me, had remained cordial, friendly even, until the first intifada. (When I asked people in Nabi Saleh about this, no one remembered it that way.) During the second intifada, three residents of the settlement, Blass said, were killed by gunfire on nearby roads. They weren’t near the village, but attitudes hardened.

When I visited her again last month, she was not eager to talk to me about the conflict over the spring and the lands surrounding it. “We want to live our lives and not spend time on it,” Blass said. She dismissed the weekly demonstrations as the creation of “outside agitators who come here and stir the pot — internationalists, anarchists, whatever.” It was all a show, she said, theater for a gullible news media. “I’ll tell you something: it’s unpleasant.” On Fridays, she said, the wind sometimes carries the tear gas across the valley into the settlement. “We have some grown children who say they cannot come home from university for Shabbat because of the tear gas. They call and say, ‘Tell me how bad it is, because if it’s really bad, I’m not coming.’ ”

When the first intifada broke out in late 1987, Nabi Saleh was, as it is now, a flash point. The road that passes between the village and the settlement connects the central West Bank to Tel Aviv: a simple barricade could halt the flow of Palestinian laborers into Israel. Bassem was one of the main Fatah youth activists for the region, organizing the strikes, boycotts and demonstrations that characterized that uprising. (Nabi Saleh is solidly loyal to Fatah, the secular nationalist party that rules the West Bank; Hamas, the militant Islamist movement that governs Gaza, has its supporters elsewhere in the West Bank but has never had a foothold in the village.) He would be jailed seven times during the intifada and, he says, was never charged with a crime. Before his most recent arrest, I asked him how much time he had spent in prison. He added up the months: “Around four years.”

After one arrest in 1993, Bassem told me, an Israeli interrogator shook him with such force that he fell into a coma for eight days. He has a nickel-size scar on his temple from emergency brain surgery during that time. His sister died while he was in prison. She was struck by a soldier and fell down a flight of courthouse stairs, according to her son Mahmoud, who was with her to attend the trial of his brother. (The I.D.F. did not comment on this allegation.)

Bassem nonetheless speaks of those years, as many Palestinians his age do, with something like nostalgia. The first intifada broke out spontaneously — it started in Gaza with a car accident, when an Israeli tank transporter killed four Palestinian laborers. The uprising was, initially, an experience of solidarity on a national scale. Its primary weapons were the sort that transform weakness into strength: the stone, the barricade, the boycott, the strike. The Israeli response to the revolt — in 1988, Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin reportedly authorized soldiers to break the limbs of unarmed demonstrators — began tilting international public opinion toward the Palestinian cause for the first time in decades. By the uprising’s third year, however, power had shifted to the P.L.O. hierarchy. The first Bush administration pushed Israel to negotiate, leading eventually to the 1993 Oslo Accord, which created the Palestinian Authority as an interim body pending a “final status” agreement.

But little was resolved in Oslo. A second intifada erupted in 2000, at first mostly following the model set by the earlier uprising. Palestinians blocked roads and threw stones. The I.D.F. took over a house in Nabi Saleh. Children tossed snakes, scorpions and what Bassem euphemistically called “wastewater” through the windows. The soldiers withdrew. Then came the heavy wave of suicide bombings, which Bassem termed “the big mistake.” An overwhelming majority of Israeli casualties during the uprising occurred in about 100 suicide attacks, most against civilians. A bombing at one Tel Aviv disco in 2001 killed 21 teenagers. “Politically, we went backward,” Bassem said. Much of the international good will gained over the previous decade was squandered. Taking up arms wasn’t, for Bassem, a moral error so much as a strategic one. He and everyone else I spoke with in the village insisted they had the right to armed resistance; they just don’t think it works. Bassem could reel off a list of Nabi Saleh’s accomplishments. Of some — Nabi Saleh, he said, had more advanced degrees than any village — he was simply proud. Others — one of the first military actions after Oslo, the first woman to participate in a suicide attack — involved more complicated emotions.

In 1993, Bassem told me, his cousin Said Tamimi killed a settler near Ramallah. Eight years later, another villager, Ahlam Tamimi escorted a bomber to a Sbarro pizzeria in Jerusalem. Fifteen people were killed, eight of them minors. Ahlam, who now lives in exile in Jordan, and Said, who is in prison in Israel, remain much-loved in Nabi Saleh. Though everyone I spoke with in the village appeared keenly aware of the corrosive effects of violence — “This will kill the children,” Manal said, “to think about hatred and revenge” — they resented being asked to forswear bloodshed when it was so routinely visited upon them. Said, Manal told me, “lost his father, uncle, aunt, sister — they were all killed. How can you blame him?”

The losses of the second intifada were enormous. Nearly 5,000 Palestinians and more than 1,000 Israelis died. Israeli assassination campaigns and the I.D.F.’s siege of West Bank cities left the Palestinian leadership decimated and discouraged. By the end of 2005, Yasir Arafat was dead, Israel had pulled its troops and settlers out of Gaza and the Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas, had reached a truce with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. The uprising sputtered out. The economy was ruined, Gaza and the West Bank were more isolated from each other than ever, and Palestinians were divided, defeated and exhausted.

But in 2003, while the intifada was still raging, Bassem and others from Nabi Saleh began attending demonstrations in Budrus, 20 minutes away. Budrus was in danger of being cut off from the rest of the West Bank by Israel’s planned separation barrier, the concrete and chain-link divide that snakes along the border and in many places juts deeply into Palestinian territory. Residents began demonstrating. Foreign and Israeli activists joined the protests. Fatah and Hamas loyalists marched side by side. The Israeli Army responded aggressively: at times with tear gas, beatings and arrests; at times with live ammunition. Palestinians elsewhere were fighting with Kalashnikovs, but the people of Budrus decided, said Ayed Morrar, an old friend of Bassem’s who organized the movement there, that unarmed resistance “would stress the occupation more.”

The strategy appeared to work. After 55 demonstrations, the Israeli government agreed to shift the route of the barrier to the so-called 1967 green line. The tactic spread to other villages: Biddu, Ni’lin, Al Ma’asara and in 2009, Nabi Saleh. Together they formed what is known as the “popular resistance,” a loosely coordinated effort that has maintained what has arguably been the only form of active and organized resistance to the Israeli presence in the West Bank since the end of the second intifada in 2005. Nabi Saleh, Bassem hoped, could model a form of resistance for the rest of the West Bank. The goal was to demonstrate that it was still possible to struggle and to do so without taking up arms, so that when the spark came, if it came, resistance might spread as it had during the first intifada. “If there is a third intifada,” he said, “we want to be the ones who started it.”

Bassem saw three options. “To be silent is to accept the situation,” he said, “and we don’t accept the situation.” Fighting with guns and bombs could only bring catastrophe. Israel was vastly more powerful, he said. “But by popular resistance, we can push its power aside.”

As small as the demonstrations were, they appeared to create considerable anxiety in Israel. Paul Hirschson, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told me that while the West Bank demonstrations do not pose an “existential threat” to Israel, they “certainly could be more problematic in the short term” than a conventional armed revolt. Eytan Buchman, a spokesman for the I.D.F., took issue with the idea that the weekly protests were a form of nonviolent resistance. In an e-mail he described the protests as “violent and illegal rioting that take place around Judea and Samaria, and where large rocks, Molotov cocktails, improvised grenades and burning tires are used against security forces. Dubbing these simply demonstrations is an understatement — more than 200 security-force personnel have been injured in recent years at these riots.” (Molotov cocktails are sometimes thrown at protests at the checkpoints of Beitunia and Kalandia but never, Bassem said, in Nabi Saleh.) Buchman said that the I.D.F. “employs an array of tactics as part of an overall strategy intended to curb these riots and the ensuing acts of violence.” He added that “every attempt is made to minimize physical friction and risk of casualties” among both the I.D.F. and the “rioters.”

One senior military commander, who would agree to be interviewed only on the condition that his name not be used, told me: “When the second intifada broke out, it was very difficult, but it was very easy to understand what we had to do. You have the enemy, he shoots at you, you have to kill him.” Facing down demonstrators armed with slings and stones or with nothing at all is less clear-cut. “As an Israeli citizen,” the commander said, “I prefer stones. As a professional military officer, I prefer to meet tanks and troops.”

But armies, by their nature, have one default response to opposition: force. One soldier who served in Nabi Saleh testified to the Israeli veterans’ group Breaking the Silence about preparing for Friday protests. “It’s like some kind of game,” he said. “Everyone wants to arm themselves with as much ammo as possible. . . . You have lots of stun grenades . . . so they’re thrown for the sake of throwing, at people who are not suspected of anything. And in the end, you tell your friend at the Friday-night dinner table: ‘Wow! I fired this much.’ ”

According to a leaked 2010 U.S. State Department memo, Maj. Gen. Avi Mizrahi of Israel “expressed frustration” with the West Bank protests to American diplomats, and “warned that the I.D.F. will start to be more assertive in how it deals with these demonstrations, even demonstrations that appear peaceful.” The memo concluded that “less-violent demonstrations are likely to stymie the I.D.F.,” citing the Israeli Defense Ministry policy chief Amos Gilad’s admission to U.S. officials, “We don’t do Gandhi very well.”

Sagi Tal, a former I.D.F. soldier, who was stationed near the villages of Bil’in and Ni’lin, which also held weekly demonstrations, explained to me that his unit sometimes conducted night raids to gather intelligence or make arrests and sometimes simply so “that they should feel that we are here and we are watching them.”

After dinner one Sunday, Nariman put on a DVD shot both by her and Bilal, the village videographer. (“From the beginning,” Bilal told me at the march on the previous Friday, filming calmly as tear-gas grenades landed all around us, “we decided that the media is the most important thing in the popular resistance.”) We watched a clip shot in the house in which we sat: soldiers banged on the door late at night; they rifled through the boys’ room as Salam and Abu Yazan cowered beneath the covers and Nariman yelled in Arabic: “What manliness this is! What a proud army you’re part of!” The soldiers confiscated a gas mask, two computers, Waed’s camera and two of his schoolbooks — geography and Palestinian history. (In an e-mail, an I.D.F. spokesman described such night raids as “pre-emptive measures, taken in order to assure the security and stability in the area.”)

We watched footage of Nariman being arrested with Bilal’s wife, Manal, early in 2010. Soldiers had fired tear gas into Manal’s house, Nariman explained. Manal ran in to fetch her children, and when she came out, a soldier ordered her back in. She refused, so they arrested her. Nariman tried to intervene, and they arrested her too. They spent 10 days in prisons where, they say, they were beaten repeatedly, strip-searched and held for two days without food before each was dumped at the side of a road. (The I.D.F.’s Buchman said, “No exceptional incidents were recorded during these arrests.” He added that no complaints were filed with military authorities.)

We watched a clip of crying children being passed from a gas-filled room out a second-story window, down a human ladder to the street. Early on, the villagers took all the children to one house during demonstrations, but when the soldiers began firing gas grenades into homes, the villagers decided it was safer to let them join the protests. We watched footage of a soldier dragging a 9-year-old boy in the street, of another soldier striking Manal’s 70-year-old mother. Finally, Nariman shook her head and turned off the disc player. “Glee” was on.

One Friday, shortly after the marchers had barricaded the road with boulders and burning tires in order to keep the army out of the village center, a white truck sped around the bend, a jet of liquid arcing from the water cannon mounted on its cab. Someone yelled, “Skunk!” and everyone bolted. Skunk water smells like many things, but mainly it smells like feces. Nariman wasn’t fast enough. A blast of skunk knocked her off her feet. Moments later, she was standing defiantly, letting the cannon soak her and waving a Palestinian flag at the truck’s grated windshield. An hour or so later, smelling of skunk and shampoo, she was serving tea to a dozen protesters.

Every Friday was a little different. Some demonstrations were short and others almost endless. Some were comic, others not at all. Some days the I.D.F. entered the village, and others they stuck to the hills. Sometimes they made arrests. The basic structure, though, varied little week to week: a few minutes of marching, tear gas fired, then hours of the village youth — the shebab, they’re called — throwing stones while dodging tear-gas canisters and rubber-coated bullets until the sun set and everyone went home. Or failed to make it home.

It was strange, asymmetric combat: a few dozen masked shebab ranging in age from 8 to 38, armed with slings and stones, against 20 or more soldiers in armored vehicles and on foot, dressed in helmets and body armor, toting radios and automatic weapons. The shebab put a great deal of thought into tactics, trying to flank and surprise the soldiers. But even when their plans were perfectly executed, they could not do much more than irritate their enemies. The soldiers, though, would inevitably respond with more sophisticated weaponry, which would motivate the shebab to gather more stones Friday after Friday despite — and because of — the fact that nothing ever seemed to change, for the better at least.

I asked one of the boys why he threw stones, knowing how futile it was. “I want to help my country and my village, and I can’t,” he said. “I can just throw stones.”

“We see our stones as our message,” Bassem explained. The message they carried, he said, was “We don’t accept you.” While Bassem spoke admiringly of Mahatma Gandhi, he didn’t worry over whether stone-throwing counted as violence. The question annoyed him: Israel uses far greater and more lethal force on a regular basis, he pointed out, without being asked to clarify its attitude toward violence. If the loincloth functioned as the sign of Gandhi’s resistance, of India’s nakedness in front of British colonial might, Bassem said, “Our sign is the stone.” The weekly clashes with the I.D.F. were hence in part symbolic. The stones were not just flinty yellow rocks, but symbols of defiance, of a refusal to submit to occupation, regardless of the odds. The army’s weapons bore messages of their own: of economic and technological power, of international support. More than one resident of Nabi Saleh reminded me that the tear gas used there is made by a company based in Pennsylvania.

One afternoon, I visited the family of Mustafa Tamimi, who was 28 when he died in December 2011 after being shot at close range with a tear-gas canister from the back of an Israeli Army jeep. (An I.D.F. investigation concluded, according to Buchman, that when the soldier fired the canister “his field of vision was obscured.”) The walls were covered with framed photos: an action shot of Mustafa in profile, his face behind a red Spider-Man mask as he slung a stone at soldiers outside the frame.

In the weeks before her son’s death, Ekhlas, his mother, told me that soldiers had twice come to the house looking for him. When she got a call that Friday asking her to bring Mustafa’s ID to the watchtower, she thought he’d been arrested, “like all the other times.” Beside me, Bahaa, a tall young man who was Mustafa’s best friend, scrolled through photos on a laptop, switching back and forth between a shot of Mustafa falling to the ground a few feet behind an I.D.F. jeep, and another, taken moments later, of his crushed and bloody face.

Ekhlas told me about a dream she’d had. Mustafa was standing on the roof, wearing his red mask. There were soldiers in the distance. She called to him: “Mustafa, come down! Everyone thinks you are dead — it’s better that they don’t see you.”

He turned to her, she said, and told her: “No. I’m standing here so that they will see me.”

“This is the worst time for us,” Bassem confided to me last summer. He meant not just that the villagers have less to show for their sacrifices each week, but that things felt grim outside the village too. Everyone I spoke with who was old enough to remember agreed that conditions for Palestinians are far worse now than they were before the first intifada. The checkpoints, the raids, the permit system, add up to more daily humiliation than Palestinians have ever faced. The number of Israeli settlers living in the West Bank has more than tripled since the Oslo Accords. Assaults on Palestinians by settlers are so common that they rarely made the news. The resistance, though, remained limited to a few scattered villages like Nabi Saleh and a small urban youth movement.

I sat down one afternoon in Ramallah with Samir Shehadeh, a former literature professor from Nabi Saleh who was one of the intellectual architects of the first intifada and whom I met several times at Bassem’s house. I reminded him of the car accident that ignited the first uprising and asked what kind of spark it would take to mobilize Palestinians to fight again. “The situation is 1,000 times worse,” he said. “There are thousands of possible sparks,” and still nothing has happened.

In the 1980s, youth organizers like Bassem focused on volunteer work: helping farmers in the fields, educating their children. They built trust and established the social networks that would later allow the resistance to coordinate its actions without waiting for orders from above. Those networks no longer exist. Instead there’s the Palestinian Authority. Immediately after the first Oslo Accord in 1993, the scholar Edward Said predicted that “the P.L.O. will . . . become Israel’s enforcer.” Oslo gave birth to a phantom state, an extensive but largely impotent administrative apparatus, with Israel remaining in effective control of the Palestine Authority’s finances, its borders, its water resources — of every major and many minor aspects of Palestinian life. More gallingly to many, Oslo, in Said’s words, gave “official Palestinian consent to continued occupation,” creating a local elite whose privilege depends on the perpetuation of the status quo.

That elite lives comfortably within the so-called “Ramallah bubble”: the bright and relatively carefree world of cafes, NGO salaries and imported goods that characterize life in the West Bank’s provisional capital. During the day, the clothing shops and fast-food franchises are filled. New high-rises are going up everywhere. “I didn’t lose my sister and my cousin and part of my life,” Bassem said, “for the sons of the ministers” to drive expensive cars.

Worse than any corruption, though, was the apparent normalcy. Settlements are visible on the neighboring hilltops, but there are no checkpoints inside Ramallah. The I.D.F. only occasionally enters the city, and usually only at night. Few Palestinians still work inside Israel, and not many can scrape a living from the fields. For the thousands of waiters, clerks, engineers, warehouse workers, mechanics and bureaucrats who spend their days in the city and return to their villages every evening, Ramallah — which has a full-time population of less than 100,000 — holds out the possibility of forgetting the occupation and pursuing a career, saving up for a car, sending the children to college.

But the checkpoints, the settlements and the soldiers are waiting just outside town, and the illusion of normalcy made Nabi Saleh’s task more difficult. If Palestinians believed they could live better by playing along, who would bother to fight? When Bassem was jailed in decades past, he said, prisoners were impatient to get out and resume their struggles. This time, he ran into old friends who couldn’t understand why he was still fighting instead of making money off the spoils of the occupation. “They said to me: ‘You’re smart — why are you doing this? Don’t you learn?’ ”

At times the Palestinian Authority acts as a more immediate obstacle to resistance. Shortly after the protests began in Nabi Saleh, Bassem was contacted by P.A. security officials. The demonstrations were O.K., he said they told him, as long as they didn’t cross into areas in which the P.A. has jurisdiction — as long, that is, as they did not force the P.A. to take a side, to either directly challenge the Israelis or repress their own people. (A spokesman for the Palestinian security forces, Gen. Adnan Damiri, denied this and said that the Palestinian Authority fully supports all peaceful demonstrations.) In Hebron, P.A. forces have stopped protesters from marching into the Israeli-controlled sector of the city. “This isn’t collaboration,” an I.D.F. spokesman, who would only talk to me on the condition that he not be named, assured me.“Israel has a set of interests, the P.A. has a set of interests and those interests happen to overlap.”

Bassem saw no easy way to break the torpor and ignite a more widespread popular resistance. “They have the power,” he said of the P.A., “more than the Israelis, to stop us.” The Palestinian Authority employs 160,000 Palestinians, which means it controls the livelihoods of about a quarter of West Bank households. One night I asked Bassem and Bilal, who works for the Ministry of Public Health, how many people in Nabi Saleh depend on P.A. salaries. It took them a few minutes to add up the names. “Let’s say two-thirds of the village,” Bilal concluded.

Last summer, my final Friday in Nabi Saleh was supposed to be a short day. One of the shebab was getting engaged to a girl from a neighboring village, and everyone planned to attend the betrothal ceremony. The demonstration would end at 3.

Four armored cars waited at the bend in the road, the skunk truck idling behind them. Manal pointed to the civilian policemen accompanying the soldiers. “There is a new policy that they can arrest internationals,” she explained. Earlier that month, as part of the effort to combat what Israelis call the “internationalization” of the conflict, the defense forces issued an order authorizing Israeli immigration police to arrest foreigners in the West Bank.

About half the marchers headed down the hillside. Soldiers waiting below arrested four Israelis and detained Bashir, the owner of the land around the spring. Everyone cheered as Mohammad raced uphill, outrunning the soldiers. (Three months later they would catch up to him in a night raid on his father’s house. He was imprisoned until late December.) I saw Nariman standing in the road with a Scottish woman. I walked over. Two soldiers grabbed the Scottish protester. Two more took me by the arms, pulled me to a jeep and shoved me in. I showed my press card to the driver. His expression didn’t change. Two frightened young women, both British, were already locked inside. After almost an hour, the soldiers brought a Swede and an Italian who had been hiding in the convenience-store bathroom. More soldiers piled in. I showed one my press card and asked if he understood that I was a journalist. He nodded. Finally, the driver pulled onto the road. As we passed the gas station, the shebab ran after us.

“They were so beautiful a few minutes ago, right?” the soldier beside me said as the shebab’s stones clanged against the jeep. “They were so cute.”

They drove us to the old British police station in the I.D.F. base in Halamish. While I was sitting on a bench, an I.D.F. spokesman called my cellphone to inform me that no journalists with press cards had been detained in Nabi Saleh. I disagreed. (The next day, according to Agence France-Presse, the I.D.F. denied I had been arrested.) A half-hour later, an officer escorted me to the gate.

As I walked back to Nabi Saleh, the road was empty, but the air was still peppery with tear gas. I made it back in time for the engagement party and flew home the next day. The five activists detained with me were deported. Two nights after I left, soldiers raided Bassem’s house. The following week, they raided the village five days in a row.

This past October, the popular resistance movement began to shift tactics, trying to break the routine of weekly demonstrations. They blocked a settler road west of Ramallah, and the following week staged a protest inside an Israeli-owned supermarket in the settlement industrial zone of Shaar Binyamin. Bassem was arrested outside the market — soldiers grabbed at Nariman and dragged Bassem off when he stepped forward to put his arms around her. Less than two weeks later, Waed was arrested at a Friday demonstration. Soldiers beat him, he said, “with their fists and their rifles.” When he appeared in court, Waed was still bruised. The judge threw out the charges. But while he was detained, he was in the same prison as his father and saw him briefly there. “When I said goodbye to him,” Waed told me with obvious pride, “he had tears in his eyes. I was stronger than him.”

On the day of Waed’s arrest, a camera caught Ahed shaking her fist, demanding that soldiers tell her where they were taking her brother. The Internet took over: video of the tiny, bare-armed blond girl facing down a soldier went viral. She and Nariman were invited to Istanbul, where, to their surprise, Nariman said, they were greeted at the airport by dozens of children wearing T-shirts printed with Ahed’s photo. They drove past billboards displaying Ahed’s image. Reporters followed them everywhere. Crowds gathered when they walked in the streets. They were taken to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the southeastern city of Urfa, Nariman said, and flew back with him to Istanbul on his plane.

Not everyone reacted so enthusiastically. One right-wing blogger dubbed Ahed “Shirley Temper.” The Israeli news site Ynet took the images as evidence that “Palestinian protesters use children to needle I.D.F. soldiers in the hope of provoking a violent response.”

In mid-November, Israeli rockets began falling on Gaza. Protests spread throughout the West Bank. “We thought it was the start of the third intifada,” Manal told me. The demonstrations in Nabi Saleh stretched beyond their usual Friday-evening terminus. One Saturday in November, Nariman’s brother Rushdie — who worked as a policeman near Ramallah and was rarely home on Fridays — joined the shebab on the hill. He was standing beside Waed when he was hit by a rubber-coated bullet. Then the soldiers began shooting live ammunition, but Rushdie was hurt and couldn’t run. As he lay on the ground, a soldier shot him in the back from a few meters away. Nariman ran to the hillside with her video camera and found her brother lying wounded. “I wanted to attack the soldier and die with Rushdie right there, but I knew I had to be stronger than that,” Nariman said. “Why is it required of me to be more humane than they are?” Rushdie, who was 31, died two days later. An I.D.F. investigation found that soldiers fired 80 shots of live ammunition and neglected to “control the fire.” The unit’s commander was reportedly relieved of his command.

When the fighting stopped in Gaza, the protests in the West Bank ceased. I went back to Nabi Saleh in January, three weeks before Bassem was expected home. The village seemed listless and depressed, as if everyone were convinced of the futility of continuing. On my first Friday back, the demonstration ended early: the shebab had a soccer match in another village. It rained the next week, and everyone went home after an hour. “We are still living the shock of Rushdie’s killing,” Mohammad told me.

Elsewhere in the West Bank, though, momentum was building. In late November, Netanyahu announced plans to build 3,400 settlement units in an area known as E1, effectively cutting off Jerusalem from the West Bank. Just before I arrived in January, popular-resistance activists tried something new, erecting a tent “village” called Bab al-Shams in E1, symbolically appropriating the methods of land confiscation employed by settlers. “The time has come now to change the rules of the game,” the organizers wrote in a news release, “for us to establish facts on the ground — our own land.” The numbers were relatively small — about 250 people took part, including Nariman and a few others from Nabi Saleh — and, on direct orders from Netanyahu, soldiers evicted everyone two days later, but the movement was once again making headlines around the globe. Copycat encampments went up all over the West Bank — some in areas where the popular resistance had not previously been active.

The day after his release, Bassem told me that even sitting in prison he had felt “a sense of joy” when he learned about Bab al-Shams. The popular resistance was finally spreading beyond the village demonstrations. “We have to create a sense of renewal,” he said, “not only in Nabi Saleh but on a larger scale.” The village’s losses — and his own — he acknowledged, were daunting. “The price is now higher,” he said, but “if we don’t continue, it would mean that the occupation has succeeded.” It would take constant creativity, he said, to hold onto the momentum. He didn’t know what it would look like yet, but just talking about it seemed to add inches to his height.

Within days, thousands of Palestinians would protest around the West Bank, first in solidarity with prisoners on hunger strikes to demand an end to the indefinite detention of Palestinians without trial, later in outrage at the death of a 30-year-old prisoner named Arafat Jaradat. Once again, the words “third intifada” were buzzing through the press. Avi Dichter, the head of Israeli domestic security during the second intifada and the current minister of Home Front Defense, cautioned in a radio interview that an “incorrect response by the security forces” might push the protests into full-out revolt.

When I saw Bassem in February, I asked him whether he was worried that the uprising might finally arrive at Nabi Saleh’s moment of greatest self-doubt, that it might catch the village drowsing. “It doesn’t matter who is resisting,” he said. “What’s important is that they are resisting.”

On the last Friday I was there, the wind was against the demonstrators. Nearly every grenade the soldiers fired, regardless of how far away it landed, blew a cloud of gas up the road right at them. A dozen or so villagers watched the clashes from the relative safety of the hillside. Bassem’s cousin Naji was sitting on a couch cushion. Mahmoud, Bassem’s nephew, poured coffee into clear plastic cups. Bright red poppies dotted the hill between the rocks. The way was clear, but no one tried to walk down to the spring.

When the demonstration seemed over, I trekked back to the village with a young Israeli in a black “Anarchy Is for Lovers” T-shirt. He told me about his childhood on a kibbutz bordering the Gaza Strip. His parents were “right-wing Zionists,” he said, “hard-core.” They didn’t talk to him anymore. A group of soldiers appeared behind us, and we ducked into Nariman’s yard as they tossed a few stun grenades over the wall. Later that evening, at Naji’s house, I watched Bilal’s video of the same soldiers as they strolled down the drive, lobbing tear-gas grenades until they reached their jeeps. They piled in and closed the armored doors. One door opened a crack. A hand emerged. It tossed one last grenade toward the camera. Gas streamed out, the door closed and the jeep sped off down the road.

6 Responses to Cinéma: Pallywood tous les jours sur un écran chez vous (It’s just standard evacuation practice, stupid ! – complete with shouts of pain and Allahu akbar)

  1. jcdurbant dit :

    LAND OF THE LIVING DEAD

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  2. jcdurbant dit :

    OUTRAGE IN ALABAMA (We’re still awaiting the NYT editorial suggesting taking away the guns from New York City police officers and requiring them instead to protect New Yorkers with water balloons)

    “No American schooled in respect for human dignity can read without shame of the barbarities committed by Alabama police authorities against Negro and white demonstrators for civil rights. The use of police dogs and high-pressure fire hoses to subdue schoolchildren in Birmingham is a national disgrace… Every one of us is diminished by the shocking violation of human rights in Alabama.”

    NYT (May 5, 1963)

    The editorial claims, “Since the protests began, Israeli forces have killed at least 29 Palestinians and wounded more than 1,000. On the day Mr. Murtaja died, eight other Palestinians were killed and five other journalists were among a thousand injured. There have been no known Israeli casualties.” That uses an arbitrary start time for the beginning of the “protests.” Arabs have been engaging in violent riots and warfare against Jews in the land of Israel since at least the Hebron and Safed massacres of 1929, with tens of thousands of Israelis killed or wounded. Would the Times feel better about the most recent series of clashes if, rather than “no known Israeli casualties,” there had been more Jews killed or wounded? Maybe next time around, the Times could consider editorializing with a suggestion that the Hamas terrorists equip themselves with garden hoses rather than with their standard Molotov cocktails, suicide bombs, burning tires, and rockets…

    https://www.algemeiner.com/2018/04/12/new-york-times-editorial-suggests-israel-use-fire-hoses-on-palestinian-protesters/

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  3. jcdurbant dit :

    PALLYWOOD COMES TO PARIS (Entre guerre urbaine asymétrique et boucliers humains consentants, le perfectionnement des téléphones portables a rendu possible une mise en scène de la violence policière qui consiste à capter les images des réactions policières en omettant le travail préalable de harcèlement et de provocation effectué par certains militants violents)

    « C’est en définitive la conséquence la plus grave de cette affaire, qui menace de ternir dans son ensemble l’action des forces de l’ordre chargées d’encadrer ces manifestations violentes. Or leur comportement lors de ces événements est, compte tenu de la situation, largement exemplaire. Seulement certains journalistes, on l’a vu avec Yann Moix à Calais, conçoivent effectivement la police comme un instrument d’État de nature essentiellement répressive et non comme une force de sécurité et de protection de la population. Dans cette mesure, ils voient dans toutes les bavures, qui sont statistiquement très rares, le signe d’une pratique générale ; ce qu’aucun élément concret ne confirme. (…) La manière dont communiquent les mouvements violents vise à présenter leurs membres comme des jeunes laissant exploser leur colère. Le phénomène serait donc spontané et passionnel. Cette violence est en réalité méthodique et renvoie à une longue tradition de pratiques dites subversives. Les partis ou groupes révolutionnaires veulent renverser l’ordre établi. Pour justifier leur propre violence il leur faut prouver que l’ordre qu’ils combattent est illégitime, qu’il est lui-même violent et injuste. Pour ce faire il leur faut exposer les forces de l’ordre à des situations où leurs concepts opérationnels deviennent inopérants et où elles sont donc amenées à commettre des erreurs et exercer la force de manière excessive ou sur des innocents. Le black block constitue un exemple typique de cette technique. Le public comprend que la police soit habilitée à faire un usage proportionnel de la force contre les manifestants violents. L’objectif du black block est donc d’attirer l’action de la police en dehors de ce cadre. Pour cela les militants ne vont pas créer une manifestation séparée mais au contraire s’immiscer au milieu des manifestants pacifiques. Les organisations ou individus non violents, mais favorables à la cause ou aux moyens d’action du black block, vont quant à eux tâcher d’empêcher l’identification des éléments violents. Par exemple en s’interposant entre le black block et la police ou encore en portant le même genre de vêtements noirs que ces derniers. Les forces de sécurité sont alors confrontées à une alternative. Soit elles agissent et prennent alors le risque de provoquer des victimes collatérales. Soit elles n’agissent pas et laissent faire les violences. En sachant que même lorsqu’elles interviennent, les techniques citées plus haut rendent impossible le rassemblement des preuves ou l’identification des auteurs. (…) Le perfectionnement des téléphones portables a rendu possible une mise en scène de la violence policière qui consiste à capter les images des réactions policières en omettant le travail préalable de harcèlement et de provocation effectué par certains militants violents. (…) Pour faire une guerre civile, il faut être deux. Étant donné la détermination de ces groupes violents à provoquer des incidents, on peut au contraire saluer le professionnalisme des forces de sécurité. Avec la prise vidéo systématique des interventions par les « journalistes indépendants », le petit nombre d’incidents justifiant des sanctions à l’égard des policiers montre que le portrait d’une institution violente et raciste est très éloigné de la réalité. Aussi navrante que soit l’affaire Benalla, elle ne doit pas servir de prétexte afin de discréditer le difficile travail des forces de l’ordre. »

    http://www.atlantico.fr/decryptage/affaire-benalla-bien-plus-qu-fait-divers-indicateur-decomposition-francaise-alexis-carre-3457656.html

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  4. jcdurbant dit :


    QUELS APPELS A LA DESTRUCTION D’ISRAEL ? (Jaffa, Haïfa et Saint-Jean d’Acre: Quand à la télévision française, la « Gandhi des Arabes » et invitée d’honneur de la Fête de l’Huma appelle à la fin de l’occupation de trois villes israéliennes sur la Méditerrannée et donc bien à l’intérieur des frontières internationalement reconnues d’Israël)

    « Ces soldats, ce sont des soldats de l’occupation: Jaffa, Haïfa et Saint-Jean d’Acre. »

    Ahed Tamimi

    http://infoequitable.org/ahed-tamimi-definit-l-occupation-jaffa-haifa-et-saint-jean-dacre/

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  5. jcdurbant dit :

    QUEL MYTHE AHED TAMIMI ? (Lorsque Ahed parle devant un public français à la Fête de l’Huma ou que les journaux lui tressent des louanges, le message de haine des Juifs parti de Nabi Saleh résonne à des milliers de kilomètres de là, en France où des Juifs ont déjà été tués pour « venger les enfants de Palestine »)

    « Que ce soient des attaques au couteau, des opérations de martyrs (c’est à dire des attentats-suicides à la bombe), des jets de pierres, tout le monde doit agir pour que nous puissions ainsi nous unir et permettre de faire passer notre message comme il convient, et atteindre l’objectif qui est la libération de la Palestine, si Allah le veut. »

    Ahed Tamimi

    « Nous le soutenons tous et sommes fiers de lui. »

    Ahed Tamimi (parlant du chef du Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, qui partage avec elle l’objectif de détruire Israël)

    « Le monde doit reconnaître la cause palestinienne. L’occupation n’est pas seulement le vol de terres. Nous nous opposons au racisme, au sionisme, à tout le système d’occupation et pas seulement aux colonies. »

    Ahed Tamimi

    « Israël est une grande colonie. »

    Tamimi

    On ne présente plus Ahed Tamimi. Et pourtant, on devrait… Invitée vedette de la Fête de l’Humanité du parti communiste puis attendue à plusieurs manifestations à travers la France, elle a été largement décrite par la presse comme une jeune fille qui aurait été envoyée en prison pour une simple gifle, sans gravité et quasiment justifiée puisque donnée aux soldats d’un pays qui opprimerait le sien. La réalité est différente et les faits suivants gagnent à être connus et partagés auprès du plus grand nombre.

    1. Le rêve d’Ahed Tamimi n’est pas d’obtenir un Etat palestinien aux côtés d’Israël, mais de détruire l’Etat juif pour le remplacer par un unique 100% Etat arabe.

    Lors d’un précédent voyage à Bruxelles, où le Parlement européen lui avait ouvert ses portes là aussi à l’initiative d’alliés d’extrême gauche, la jeune mais déjà chevronnée activiste avait bien expliqué que sa lutte « contre l’occupation et la colonisation » n’était pas uniquement contre la présence de Juifs israéliens en Cisjordanie (Judée Samarie). Ca, c’est ce que les occidentaux candides croient comprendre. C’est au sionisme lui-même qu’Ahed et ses soutiens s’opposent : c’est-à-dire au droit à l’autodétermination du peuple juif.

    Son père, qui travaille de concert avec elle, l’a confirmé le jour où il a déclaré qu’« Israël est une grande colonie ». En clair, pour les Tamimi, un Juif habitant à Tel Aviv ou à Eilat est un « colon ». Le but des Tamimi est de mettre les Juifs dehors, par tous les moyens y compris les plus violents. Quand les journalistes prônent la « solution à deux Etats » et font dans le même temps l’éloge d’Ahed qui, elle, milite pour que tout le territoire soit arabisé, le lecteur doit se poser la question de leur cohérence.

    Notons au passage que le village où habitent les Tamimi, Nabi Saleh, ne peut être décrit comme « occupé » si l’on considère que la Cisjordanie / Judée Samarie est gérée, tant qu’un autre arrangement n’est pas trouvé, selon les termes des Accords d’Oslo signés par Israël et par les Palestiniens. Nabi Saleh se trouve dans la zone B prévue par ces Accords : l’administration civile y est confiée à l’Autorité palestinienne et Israël gère la sécurité. Ce qui fait que la présence de soldats israéliens, qu’elle plaise ou non, y est parfaitement légitime.

    2. La famille d’Ahed Tamimi, qui met en scène sa « lutte » contre les soldats israéliens, est composée de meurtriers.

    On ne choisit pas sa famille. Mais l’esprit de « révolte » d’Ahed Tamimi est bel et bien celui de sa famille. Ses parents n’ont pas hésité à l’instrumentaliser dès son plus jeune âge. Sciemment habillée à la mode occidentale par un père impresario, tout est fait pour que la jeunesse puisse s’identifier à Ahed Tamimi qui avait déjà connu la « gloire » en 2012, alors pré-adolescente, pour une autre mise en scène dans laquelle elle levait son poing face à des soldats israéliens.

    Or cette famille est violente – et pas seulement dans le langage. Des proches d’Ahed Tamimi ont du sang sur les mains. Sa tante Ahlam Tamimi est le cerveau d’un attentat commis en 2001 dans la pizzeria Sbarro de Jérusalem qui fit 15 morts, dont 7 enfants et une femme enceinte, et 130 blessés. Ahlam, dont il faut écouter le témoignage glaçant sur sa volonté de faire le plus grand nombre de morts possibles, ne s’est jamais repentie, bien au contraire. Le mari d’Ahlam est Nizar, un cousin, qui avait lui été condamné en 1993 avec un autre cousin, Saïd, pour le meurtre d’un Israélien brûlé vif, Haïm Mizrahi.

    En 2012, Ahed et ses parents étaient présents au mariage de leurs cousins assassins, Ahlam et Nizar… Encore enfant, Ahed a été filmée au mariage en train de taper joyeusement dans ses mains (vidéo, passage à 1mn).

    On compte par ailleurs d’innombrables preuves de la haine anti-juive des Tamimi dans leurs posts sur les réseaux sociaux.

    3. Condamnée pour une simple gifle ? Faux : Ahed Tamimi prône ouvertement la violence et les journalistes le savent mais ils vous le cachent.

    Passons outre le fait qu’Ahed Tamimi a donné toute une série de coups (coups de poing, coups de pied…) aux soldats et qu’elle y était encouragée par sa mère (quelle genre de mère met ainsi son enfant en danger ?) aux cris de “utrodo” (“اطرد”) – « expulse-les », « jette-les dehors ».

    La condamnation d’Ahed Tamimi ne visait pas seulement cet incident, mais aussi les mots d’une extrême violence qu’elle a eus :

    (…) que ce soient des attaques au couteau, des opérations de martyrs (c’est à dire des attentats-suicides à la bombe), des jets de pierres, tout le monde doit agir pour que nous puissions ainsi nous unir et permettre de faire passer notre message comme il convient, et atteindre l’objectif qui est la libération de la Palestine, si Allah le veut.

    Ahed Tamimi a lancé cet appel à tuer les Juifs devant une caméra tenue par sa mère juste après l’incident (à partir de la 38e seconde dans la vidéo). L’incitation à la violence faisait partie des chefs d’inculpation de l’activiste, qui n’a pas été envoyée en prison juste pour une modeste gifle.

    Les médias cachent systématiquement cette vidéo qui démolit complètement le narratif de la « non-violence ». InfoEquitable a démontré que BFMTV, comme d’autres organes de presse, le faisait en connaissance de cause.

    Les médias n’ont pas non plus parlé du soutien qu’elle à affiché en août 2018 au chef du Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, qui partage avec elle l’objectif de détruire Israël : « Nous le soutenons tous et sommes fiers de lui », a-t-elle dit après avoir elle-même reçu le soutien du chef terroriste (vidéo) dont le mouvement a par le passé commis des attentats jusqu’en France (7 morts et 57 blessés à la rue de Rennes à Paris en 1986…).

    Conclusion

    Tous ces éléments parfaitement vérifiables sont connus de tout journaliste sérieux qui travaille sur le sujet. Ils sont aussi connus du Parti communiste français et des autres supporters de « l’icône de la résistance palestinienne ». Il ne faut pas perdre de vue que lorsque Ahed parle devant un public français à la Fête de l’Huma ou que les journaux lui tressent des louanges, le message de haine des Juifs parti de Nabi Saleh résonne à des milliers de kilomètres de là, en France où des Juifs ont déjà été tués pour « venger les enfants de Palestine » (le motif donné par Mohammed Merah pour son massacre à Toulouse). C’est un message dangereux qui peut susciter d’autres vocations similaires. Il est donc important de partager les éléments énoncés dans cet article auprès du plus grand nombre pour déconstruire le mythe érigé autour d’Ahed Tamimi.

    http://infoequitable.org/le-mythe-ahed-tamimi-trois-faits-peu-connus-sur-l-icone-palestinienne/

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