Greetings from the intensely hot and humid Lebanon; a longer update is forthcoming, but for now here are a slew of photographs I took during while in my native south Lebanon and in el Dahye, the southern district of Beirut:
There is a fire burning beneath the ashes of occupation in Palestine; these are the flickering embers of resilience which have long advanced the people?s struggle for national liberation, and in Palestine they continue to rage.
The historical narrative of Palestinian resistance is one shared by all subjugated and indigenous peoples ? it is a chronicle of an indomitable human will to endure, to break the fetters of both mental and physical bondage. In Palestine, the occupation and its consequences are tangible, harrowing and intentionally humiliating: collective transfers, exploitation of natural resources,?checkpoints, acts of random?settler violence,?home demolitions, the intentional burning of crops and a policy of colonization which has caused the Palestinians to become the oldest and largest refugee population in the world.
Some two years ago I was in Cairo, Egypt alongside over 1,300 people from more than 40 different countries as a part of the Gaza Freedom March; our mission was to make it into the Gaza Strip during the one year anniversary of the massacre,?calling for an end to the siege of Gaza and for Egypt to open the Rafah border, allowing for Palestinians to travel in order to pursue work, study, medical treatment.
Only a handful were allowed into Gaza by the Mubarak regime and though I was not one of those permitted entry it changed my life, in ways I cannot describe in words. So where words fail I present video footage I took during my stay in Egypt as a part of the GFM.
During December-January of 2011 I had the opportunity to intern in a number of Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon. I have been meaning to document the overwhelming experience and have decided that I will do so in fragments; the following pictures were taken personally in the camp of Sabra and Shatila.
I will document my experience in the Sabra and Shatila Refugee Camp in an upcoming post.
This fairly concise audio clip was cropped from a larger interview I conducted in the Palestinian Refugee Camp known as ‘Sabra and Shatila’ located in Beirut, Lebanon – December 20th, 2010. I spent 4 hours in Sabra/Shatila, as a lone free-lance journalist and without any assistance from outside news agencies, non-government organizations etc.
As of this moment it is in the purest, unedited form – I have not yet had time to create an English transcript thus the audio is still in Arabic; the transcript, along with raw footage and more interviews, will be published fairly soon.