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0202 – Points of View from Jerusalem


"Recently there have been repeated reports about plans to produce a joint Palestinian-Israeli documentary by two Palestinian and two Israeli directors about the martyr Muhammad Abu Khdeir and the crime of his burning to death [1].

Not only is this activity a crime of normalization [2], to add to a series of crimes of normalization in the field of culture and cinema in particular, but this time the subject doubles the crime. This is because it comes as part of Israel's ongoing process of exploiting the crime of burning the child Abu Khadeir in order to promote her moral identity – internally and externally, and to use it as a tool in the "culture wars" within the Zionist settlement society, which is conducted under the roof of Zionist colonialism."

– Streets of Jerusalem

0202 Editor's Notes:
[1] Muhammad Abu Khdeir was a 16 year old resident of Shu'afat in East Jerusalem, who was kidnapped, tortured and burnt to death in July 2014 by Israeli extremists whose motive was to avenge the deaths of three Israeli teenagers who had been kidnapped and killed three weeks beforehand.
[2] The normalization of day-to-day life with Israel is a major source of ideological concern for some Palestinians out of fear that acknowledging the Occupation compromises Palestinian identity and national struggle. The term "normalization" has been adopted by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel, and is explained on their website as follows: "It is helpful to think of normalization as a 'colonization of the mind,' whereby the oppressed subject comes to believe that the oppressor’s reality is the only 'normal' reality that must be subscribed to, and that the oppression is a fact of life that must be coped with.”

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