I’ve just returned from Palestine and am still processing the sheer wierdness of that place.
I visited a small village called Nilin (Na’leen?) which is threatened by illegal settler land-grabbing and the apartheid wall. Every week the villagers hold a protest, and are joined by internationals who act as witnesses to the often brutal response of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).
On Sunday the story broke about a villager who was arrested, handcuffed and blindfolded – and then shot at close range. A 14-year-old girl filmed the shooting and passed the video to a human rights group. He was shot in the foot, by a rubber-coated steel bullet. You can watch it unfold on Al Jazeera English, or the BBC.
It’s all so calm and matter-of-fact. Like it’s the most normal thing in the world to shoot a tied-up prisoner for fun. There are a lot of unholy happenings in the Holy Land.