Youtube removes video about Bil’in village resistance
Five Broken Cameras removed from Youtube
From JfJfP postings
Last week we posted a story about the documentary, Five Broken Cameras, which documents the non-violent resistance of a farmer in the West Bank village Bil’in to the siting of the Wall. This solid barrier separates him, and the other villagers, from their farmland, from what is theirs and from their livelihood. Those trying to farm their land are treated with violence by Israeli armed forces.
We put in a link to where the documentary could be watched. Here’s one of very many laudatory reviews:
by Emad Burnat & Guy Davidi
Guy DVD Films, Burnat Films Palestine, Alegría Productions
| 2011 | color / black and white | video | 90’ & 52’ |
Palestinian farm laborer Emad has five video cameras, and each of them tells a different part of the story of his village’s resistance to Israeli oppression. Emad lives in Bil’in, just west of the city of Ramallah in the West Bank. Using the first camera, he recorded how the bulldozers came to rip the olive trees out of the ground in 2005. Here, a wall was built directly through his fellow villagers’ land to separate the advancing Jewish settlements from the Palestinians.
In the first days of resistance to the Jewish colonists and the ever-present Israeli soldiers, Emad’s son Gibreel was born. Scenes shift from the infant growing into a precocious preschooler to the many peaceful acts of protest, and the steady progress of the construction of the dividing wall. Sympathizers from all over the world, including from Israel, provide help as resistance develops, but when the situation intensifies, people are arrested and villagers are killed.
Emad keeps on filming despite pleas from his wife, who fears reprisals. It makes for an intensely powerful personal document about one village’s struggle against violence and oppression.
Since then we have been informed by readers that when they clicked the link they found this:
This video has been removed because its content violated YouTube’s Terms of Service.
Sorry about that.
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You can no longer see the whole video on Youtube although trailers are still on site. It seems that when the truth shows a harsh reality Youtube will find a cute way of saying it’s quite unacceptable.