Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Pittsburgh Film Showing of “5 Broken Cameras”

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Pittsburgh Film Showing of “5 Broken Cameras”

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Music & Arts

Even though Emad Burnat's award-winning 2011 film "5 Broken Cameras" has shown in Pittsburgh several times and his brother Iyad, the coordinator of the Popular Committee in Bi'lin, has spoken to various audiences in the city in the past few years, the film continues to draw crowds intent on learning about Israel's occupation of Palestinian land and the fight back in the West Bank village of Bi'lin. The Oct. 3 screening and panel discussion sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine was no exception, as nearly 50 people turned out at the University of Pitt Law School.

Following the film, a lively and wide-ranging discussion ensued. Panelists, including Palestinians who lived and survived the occupation of their homeland, and solidarity activist Raghav Sharma, discussed their concerns about Israel's settler movement and theftof Palestinian agricultural land, including the destruction of nearly one million olive trees since 1967. Backed by the Israeli military, settlers have confiscated more than 40 percent of Palestinian land in the West Bank in what the international community, including the United Nations and numerous human rights organizations, recognize as an illegal occupation.

SJP member Gabe Khoury opened the discussion with a short description of the settler enterprise and the role of nonviolence in the struggle against occupation. Panelist Sharma, a recent University of Pittsburgh graduate, explained the importance of putting the terms "violence and nonviolence" in the proper context. …

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