Thursday, January 21, 2010

Panorama: A Walk in East Jerusalem

30 minute BBC documentary about the plight of Palestinians in East Jerusalem: Jane Corbin takes a tour of an area that is seen as crucial to any attempt at making peace, two state style.

Features the Hanoun family (evicted), well known religious nationalist Zionist muppet Arieh King intent on single-handedly breaking the world record of personally serving up eviction notices (cowardly accompanied by the IOF) to Palestinian families, Nir 'Barking Mad' Barkat a self-made millionaire and Mayor of Jerusalem who claims Jerusalem is the 'most important city in the world' (arrogance not being in short supply in extremist Zionist circles), a quasi-archaeological dig thinly disguised as a future Zionist settlement and run by the settler group Elat led by yet another American, Doron Spielman, who claims he's seeing Biblical things and finally Ahmad Qaareen, a Palestinian shot twice at close range by a Zionist nut (who remained unnamed and had been 'legally' let off the hook on the ludicrous grounds that he'd acted in self-defence, against a visibly unarmed Palestinian).

To make the whole thing almost palatable, one or two Zionists that haven't completely lost their marbles yet, provide a modicum of relief.

Keep your two fingers at the ready: this is puke-worthy.

Find the iPlayer version here, may not be available for very long.

YouTube version here (part 1):

Part 2 and 3 here.


At 9:58 PM, Blogger Emmanuel said...

The video isn't available on the BBC's site outside the UK, but I watched it on YouTube. It's depressing. The policies of the Israeli government and the mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat (who isn't American, by the way) are horrible.

Regarding Barkat's "most important city in the world" comment - in his defense, it is one of the most important cities in the world for religious Jews, Muslims and Christians. That's part of why it's such a powder keg.

At 10:51 PM, Blogger Gert said...

Thanks, that's been corrected. I thought it said in the doc that he was American.

At 12:39 PM, Blogger Emmanuel said...

It said he was a marathon runner - "a marathon", American - sounds similar.

There's an article in today's Haaretz about Barkat's refusal to evacuate the 7-story Jewish-occupied building in Silwan (the one with the long flag seen on Panorama), defying the courts, including the supreme court, and the legal opinions of the Israeli attorney general and Jerusalem's chief municipal legal adviser.

At 3:37 PM, Blogger Gert said...

Thanks for the link: nice bit of corroboration...


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