Michael Riordon

the view from where I live

Can you imagine?

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The Israeli human rights organization B’tselem provides video cameras to young people in “high-conflict areas” of occupied Palestine.

The goal is to bring “the reality of their lives under occupation to the attention of the Israeli and international public.”

Given the shameful silence and/or misinformation on Palestine from governments and the mainstream media in the US, Canada, Australia and Europe, how else would we ever know?  And the less we know, the easier it is for the Israeli regime to do as it wishes, and get away with it.

Recording the dirty work of the soldiers is dangerous work.  Not surprisingly, they are inclined to target those who would expose their crimes.

Still, for young Palestinians, this is one of very few opportunities they have to let us know what it’s really like on the ever-shrinking ground where they live.

From more than 500 hours of video recorded in 2011, B’tselem assembled this 3-minute video.  Please give it a look.  It’s the least we can do.

For Palestinians there is nothing unusual about these images.  They see and experience worse.  What these brave young videographers share with us are the routines of day-to-day survival under an illegal military occupation.

Can you imagine?

Author: Michael Riordon

Canadian writer and documentary-maker Michael Riordon writes/ directs/produces books and articles, audio, video and film documentaries, plays for radio and stage. A primary goal of his work is to recover voices and stories of people who have been silenced or marginalized, written out of the official version: First Nations (aboriginal) youth, Mozambican farmers, inmates in Canadian prisons, traditional healers in Fiji, queer folk across Canada, Guatemalan labour activists. Michael also leads courses, workshops and seminars for community organizations, trade unions, schools, colleges and universities.

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