Palestinian “Nakba Day” protest footage

There has been a lot of controversy around yesterday’s protests to commemorate “Nakba Day” (“nabkba” means “catastrophe” in Arabic and is the word that Palestinians give to 15th May 1948 – the day after Israel declared independence). CNN have kindly released raw footage, so judge for yourself by clicking on the image below.

To my mind, throwing stones and fireworks at soldiers like that does kind of belie the “peaceful protests” moniker – this was far from peaceful. Were the soldiers reacting excessively? Debatable, but certainly some kind of reaction was warranted.

UPDATE: Readers may also be interested in the below footage, think about what could have happened and how it would be reported…

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  1. #1 by sahha on May 18, 2011 - 7:25 pm

    the questions to ask is what are the soldiers doing there in the first place?
    a reaction is ‘warranted’ by a thief who is about to be whacked by the home owner who just discovered him/her in his house…

    Warranting” the reaction is half the news. The unfair half at that.

    The soldiers are there to make a statement and that statement deserves a rock in the head even if just to wake them up to the concept that their government stopped protecting them and their people a long time ago and is now using the occupation to enhance the corporate dollar and allow certain industries to flourish, while the public sector of Israel and the social benefits of the ‘free country’ of Israel shrivel up like a prune.

    But I agree that the term ‘peaceful demonstration’ and ‘non violent’ is over used. In the face of an aggressive military who without question started the violence ( I was there and i copped the first rain of unprovoked tear gas canisters) a certain measure of violence is legally allowed by international law…. although in the face of such an army it is debatably unintelligent. However without a measure of violence the press would not cover it……. and the merry go round of violence for media coverage to encourage a solution goes on … and on .. and on..

    ‘peaceful demonstration’ and ‘non violent’ can only be employed to the majority of the demonstrators but not all. It certainly cannot be granted to the soldiers.

    Sincerely
    Sahha

  2. #2 by raphael k on July 12, 2011 - 7:37 am

    To Sahha: Let us use your simplistic analogy correctly for a minute: the “thief” from the arabian peninsula is meeting the returning owners/Jews now rebuilding their house/homeland with some degree of violence. Bad faith is boundless, so who did expect otherwise from him?

    The Arab invasion of the land of Israel in the VI century CE would today be considered illegal under international law. From the kuranic perspective, its legitimacy was already questionable at the time.

    Indeed, several of the 114 suras in the Quran mention the Bnei Israil as the rightful heirs of that land. See for instance: [17:104] “وَقُلْنَا مِن بَعْدِهِ لِبَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ اسْكُنُواْ الأَرْضَ فَإِذَا جَاء وَعْدُ الآخِرَةِ جِئْنَا بِكُمْ لَفِيفًا ” And we said to the Children of Israel afterwards, ” scatter and live all over the world…and when the end of the world is near we will gather you again into the Promised Land”.

    On another note: pretty cheap to go and try to confront merciful Jewish soldiers in Qalandyia while you deserved at least a rock or two in the head to help straighten your thoughts. I dare you to go and reiterate your adrenaline booster experience in Syria where real massive shootings occur.

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