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lord patch
05-29-2006, 09:35 AM
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Who are the Palestinians who blow themselves up for their cause? Why do they do this? Are they “terrorists,” “fanatics,” “cowards”? People who come from a place where “life is cheap”? This is what the U.S. media say, but the voices speaking are not Palestinian; ....Abu-Assad said he saw the award not only as recognition of the film, its cast and crew, “but also as recognition that the Palestinians deserve their liberty and equality unconditionally....The people ... have a right to hear Palestinian views, in art and in politics. But this takes struggle.”



Critically accliamed film gets scant U.S. distribution
‘Paradise Now’—a Palestinian view of suicide bombings
By Joyce Chediac
Published Jan 29, 2006 7:38 PM

Who are the Palestinians who blow themselves up for their cause? Why do they do this?

Are they “terrorists,” “fanatics,” “cowards”? People who come from a place where “life is cheap”? This is what the U.S. media say, but the voices speaking are not Palestinian; they are the self-proclaimed “Middle East experts” from the Bush([search]) administration, or from pro-Washington think tanks.

What do Palestinians have to say about the people in their communities who volunteer for suicide missions?

If you want to know, then run, don’t walk, to see the independent film “Paradise Now.”

This Arabic language, subtitled film—shot in 2005 on location in Nablus—just won the prestigious Golden Globe award for best foreign language film and is Palestine’s entry to the Academy Awards. It is “a real, deep and intense personal view of how normal young men make the decision to do something so unimaginable,” according to the director Hani Abu-Assad.

Paradise Now is a riveting suspense story, with touches of humor. The film covers 48 hours in the lives of Said and Khaled, childhood best friends, who work as auto mechanics. Said and Khaled receive word that the suicide mission for which they volunteered some time ago will take place the next day. As they requested, the friends will be doing it together.

They are fitted with explosive vests and set out for their mission. But things do not go according to plan. The two men are separated. In the frantic dash from place to place to set things right, Khaled and Said deeply and movingly begin to question and explore their motivation for what they are doing.

Shot on location in Nablus, the film allows the viewer to enter the lives of the people who live there, and to get a glimpse of life after 40 years of Israeli occupation. We see the humiliation of going through an Israeli checkpoint, the danger involved in sneaking through a heavily patrolled portion of the wall Israel has built to seal Palestinians into tiny areas.

We visit the impoverished homes of Said, Khaled and their families. We sit at the table with them to eat. We see what they do for entertainment; we are with them at work. We see the unpredictability of life due to ever-changing Israeli roadblocks. We walk with the characters through the streets of Nablus, the second largest city on the West Bank and formerly a pride of Palestine, now with large areas reduced to rubble by Israeli missiles.

The film’s director, Hani Abu-Assad, is a Palestinian born within the Israeli green line, in the city of Nazareth. The film was produced by Bero Beyer, who is based in Amsterdam, and Amir Harel, who is Israeli. The leading characters, Said and Khaled, are played by Palestinian theater actors Ali Suleiman and Kais Nashef. Warner Independent Pictures distributes the film in the United States.

In accepting the Golden Globe, Abu-Assad said he saw the award not only as recognition of the film, its cast and crew, “but also as recognition that the Pales tinians deserve their liberty and equality unconditionally.”

Abu-Assad strived to keep the film close to reality. “I read the interrogations of bombers who failed, an interview with a lawyer in a jail where they are held, and the report of the Israeli officials,” he explained. “I spoke to people who knew the bombers who died: friends and families and mothers. I learned no story is the same as the others. (The Guardian, Feb. 12)

This 2005 film has also won other awards, including the Amnesty Inter nat ional Film Award, and best foreign film awards from Independent Spirit, the National Board of Review and the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Board. The movie’s artistic merits are all the more impressive since it was made in a war zone. Nablus has the highest number of casualties, the most severe physical damage and the most intensive restrictions in movement in the West Bank, according to a recent United Nations report. A land mine detonated 300 feet from the film’s production.

If the film is not playing in your city, it is well worth it to wage a struggle to get your local independent movie center to carry “Paradise Now.” You may have no other choice. In searching the web, this writer found the film only playing in eight U.S. cities. (http://www.imdb.com)

On Jan 22, “Paradise Now” was seen in one theater each in New York City; Mont clair, N.J.; Los Angeles; Denver; and Albany, Ore. The film was also viewed in one-time showings in Pilot Grove, Mo., and Occidental and Santa Rosa, Calif.

The DVD, however, comes out in March.

The people of the United States have a right to hear Palestinian views, in art and in politics. But this takes struggle.

http://www.workers.org/2006/world/paradise-now-0202/

see also

..The militants were shown as cruel and with hearts of stone. There were no hugs or even a tear. On the contrary, Arab culture is well known for its open displays emotion, even by “terrorists”. ...Paradise Now shows the scene where the suicide bomber reads his farewell message to his mother....While he reads the message, his comrades eat sandwiches. This scene tries to show the Palestinian resistance at its worst and most disgusting levels. In truth, suicide bombers are highly respected and revered by the groups that carry out their attacks. They would not treat their comrades in this fashion. -- Alaa Yousuf -- "'Paradise Now': Popularity does not mean Credibility"

http://victoria.indymedia.org/news/2006/02/49415.php

and

http://victoria.indymedia.org/news/2006/01/48156.php

and

If a man wants to satisfy his carnal desires he is more likely to engage in self-indulgence rather than self-destruction. For a devout Muslim, this means getting married rather than get himself fitted for an explosive belt. There is no shortage of virgins in the Islamic world, where it is a virtue and not, as it is in the west, a source of shame. The point being that Muslim youth do not need to become martyrs to find virgins. ... the word Houris is not the virgin women on earth...These are promised to all who enter paradise and martyrdom is not the only route to acquire these pleasures. -- Yamin Zakaria-- " Inside the Mind of a 'Suicide' Bomber"

http://victoria.indymedia.org/news/2006/02/49417.php

or

http://www.tajdeed.net/

and

[1] http://www.iiop.org/index3.php?recordID=17

[2] http://www.iiop.org/index3.php?recordID=83

and

"...You know it’s interesting because today people talk about Palestine and the war tactic they use of suicide bombings. It’s the ultimate level of showing your discontent. The disbelief of the conditions that you are living in leads you to destroy yourself, let alone your own community. So what I seen taking place back then and what I see taking place today in Palestine, to me it’s the same thing. When people have no other way to show their discontent then they use whatever is most effective...." -- Twilight Bey


http://media.odeo.com/6/5/6/Twilightbey-LaRiotspt1.mp3


and

audio of Dr. El Sarraj interviewed by Tom H.

audio download:

http://radio.indymedia.org/uploads/psychology_of_the_suicide_bomber_-_dr._el_sarraj_interviewed_by_tom_h..mp3

& also a report "...suicide (martyrdom) bombers find these assailants are often secular, well-educated individuals....All had experienced helplessness as a child, particularly the humiliation of their father by “Israeli” soldiers.‏ Whatever the individual trigger, suicide (martyrdom) bombers are invariably channeled by a disciplined, well-organized group into taking the path of self destruction in the fight against the enemy, the report says."

http://radio.indymedia.org/uploads/psychology_of_the_suicide_bomber_-_dr._el_sarraj_interviewed_by_tom_h..mp3

http://victoria.indymedia.org/news/2005/12/46594.php

or

http://media.odeo.com/6/5/6/Twilightbey-LaRiotspt1.mp3

and

Researchers’ attempts to understand suicide terror have revived a controversial theory of “altruistic suicide,” the act of killing oneself so that one’s community might live....Altruism — a counterintuitive and little-studied motive for suicide — suggests that suicide terrorism is a phenomenon of group psychology and organizational behavior, rather than an outgrowth of fundamentalist religious beliefs. ... -- "Altruism at heart of suicide attacks, studies show"

http://victoria.indymedia.org/news/2005/10/44462.php

and

http://www.stnews.org/research-1795.htm

and

"...we are within the heartland of a worldwide monster, a country so rich from its worldwide plunder that even the crumbs doled out to the enslaved masses within its borders......The goal is the destruction of US imperialism and the achievement of a classless world: ...Winning state power in the US will occur as a result of the military forces of the US overextending themselves around the world and being defeated piecemeal; struggle within the US will be a vital part of this process,..." You Don't Need A Weatherman To Know Which Way The Wind Blows"

http://victoria.indymedia.org/news/2005/09/43308.php

and

"The recent suicide bombings by young Palestinians inside Israel remind me of something written about Huey Newton, founder of the Black Panther Party in the 1960s. Newton coined the term, "revolutionary suicide," referring to the need for Black people oppressed by racism and poverty to risk their lives for the people, for positive change, by standing up to the police([search])([search]) and repressive government....I think of another example of what could be called "revolutionary suicide," of the conscious use of a tactic knowing it could well lead to death but believing it was the right tactic for the right time and that the risk was justified.-- Ted Glick--"Revolutionary Suicide"

http://victoria.indymedia.org/news/2005/08/42744.php

or

http://bc.indymedia.org/newswire/display_any/3537

See also:

http://www.afsc.org/pwork/0205/020510.htm

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/drumbeat-weekend_edition/

http://www.afsc.org/pwork/0205/020510.htm
and

"in these times immersed in the absurdity of systemic acts of cruelty and
double standards in this messy area , some call the west , which is now
embedded in the midst of a treacherous performance piece -- it is only
logical that in an illogical world run by bullys, abusers, simpletons
and usurpers -- that frustrated valid bruthas will invoke acts of will
to power and make you feel the pain they feel."--Lawrence Y Braithwaite (aka Lord Patch) -- "notes from new palestine: revolutionary suicidal tendencies (the war brought home)"

http://victoria.indymedia.org/news/2005/08/42944.php

and

It is time America understood Hezbollah for what it really is, not what the Israelis and their Zionist friends say it is. ...Hezbollah is a social, political, educational, medical and military organization based primarily among the Shi'a of Lebanon. In addition, Hezbollah also includes many Sunni and even Christians who ally themselves with Hezbollah..As the Christian President of Lebanon, Emile Lahoud said of Hezbollah,... "Hezbollah is an integral part of the Lebanese government, it is also part of our military, it part of our social order." This was echoed by the late, beloved, Prime Minister, Rafik Harriri.-- Sam Hamod, PhD --"Understanding Hezbollah Of Lebanon"

http://victoria.indymedia.org/news/2005/03/39053.php

or

http://www.rense.com/general63/hez.htm

and

"Malcolm X was not murdered because he called white people devils (others had done that) or because he had a public falling out with Elijah Muhammad, (although the US government through its COINTELPRO used that situation to promote his "neutralization") Malcolm X was murdered because he had the courage boldness and audacity to attempt to bring the United States of AmeriKKKa before the United Nations’ World Court for its crimes of genocide, human rights violations and its racist imperialist foreign policies." -- Junious Ricardo Stanton--"Malcolm X vs. US Imperialism"

and

"These poor Indians are incapable of producing cinema films to show the reality of what happened. But the Americans can produce many films to present the American soldiers as poor people who are defending civilization, and they place red feathers on the heads of the Red Indians picturing them as ignorant and immoral barbarians, and that they are attacking the peaceful Americans who in fact came and raped their lands and built forts on them." -- Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah

...

"The racial discrimination towards the blacks is still persisting in every aspect. Moreover, there is a racial discrimination towards the Red Indians who are the original inhabitants of the country. ...I tell you frankly that if it wasn't for the determined willingness, ... and fight of the Palestinian people, the Americans and their civilization would have decided to solve that problem of...Palestinians just like they did with the Indians. This is the picture that lies in the mind of the American." --Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah

http://www.islamicdigest.net/v61/content/view/388/1/

or

http://victoria.indymedia.org/news/2004/04/25243.php

and

"So many of my comrades are gone now. Some tight partners, crime partners, and brothers off the block are begging on the street. Others are in asylum, penitentiary, or grave. They are all suicides of one kind of another who had the sensitivity and tragic imagination to see the oppression. Some overcame; they are the revolutionary suicides."

http://victoria.indymedia.org/news/2006/01/47863.php

and

http://www.nathanielturner.com/revolutionarysuicide.htm

audio of Dr. El Sarraj interviewed by Tom H.

audio download:

http://radio.indymedia.org/uploads/psychology_of_the_suicide_bomber_-_dr._el_sarraj_interviewed_by_tom_h..mp3
http://victoria.indymedia.org/news/2006/01/48156.php

http//victoria.indymedia.org/news/2006/01/48164.php
http://radio.indymedia.org/uploads/psychology_of_the_suicide_bomber_-_dr._el_sarraj_interviewed_by_tom_h..mp3

See also:
http://radio.indymedia.org/uploads/psychology_of_the_suicide_bomber_-_dr._el_sarraj_interviewed_by_tom_h..mp3
http://www.workers.org/2006/world/paradise-now-0202/

denaturat
05-29-2006, 09:43 AM
suicide bombing is wrong. perhaps an argument can be made that justifies suicide boming against military targets, but not against civilian population. not only is it morally wrong but it is also bad policy. it accomplishes nothing.

LHX
05-29-2006, 09:59 AM
it accomplishes absolutely nothing

Aqueous Moon
06-11-2006, 12:59 PM
"...we are within the heartland of a worldwide monster, a country so rich from its worldwide plunder that even the crumbs doled out to the enslaved masses within its borders......The goal is the destruction of US imperialism and the achievement of a classless world: ...Winning state power in the US will occur as a result of the military forces of the US overextending themselves around the world and being defeated piecemeal; struggle within the US will be a vital part of this process,..." You Don't Need A Weatherman To Know Which Way The Wind Blows"


^True that...and unfortunately, it's a universal struggle.

"The recent suicide bombings by young Palestinians inside Israel remind me of something written about Huey Newton, founder of the Black Panther Party in the 1960s. Newton coined the term, "revolutionary suicide," referring to the need for Black people oppressed by racism and poverty to risk their lives for the people, for positive change, by standing up to the police([search])([search]) and repressive government....I think of another example of what could be called "revolutionary suicide," of the conscious use of a tactic knowing it could well lead to death but believing it was the right tactic for the right time and that the risk was justified.-- Ted Glick--"Revolutionary Suicide"


^ It's deep...


"Malcolm X was not murdered because he called white people devils (others had done that) or because he had a public falling out with Elijah Muhammad, (although the US government through its COINTELPRO used that situation to promote his "neutralization") Malcolm X was murdered because he had the courage boldness and audacity to attempt to bring the United States of AmeriKKKa before the United Nations’ World Court for its crimes of genocide, human rights violations and its racist imperialist foreign policies." -- Junious Ricardo Stanton--"Malcolm X vs. US Imperialism"


^ Exactly!

Thanks for posting this....I found it very informative.
Peace

Prince Rai
06-11-2006, 02:05 PM
suicide bombing is wrong. perhaps an argument can be made that justifies suicide boming against military targets, but not against civilian population. not only is it morally wrong but it is also bad policy. it accomplishes nothing.

very true.

killing innocent does not justify any cause, even if the cause has just grounds.
innocent killings is not justice

Rooty P
06-11-2006, 02:41 PM
If any of you kids even watched the movie, you'd know it isn't trying to justify the bombings. Unbelievable ignorance I'm seeing from you guys.

The movie is phenomenal, and offers ALL Palestinian persepectives, leaving you to think about the different sides - seeing how confusing their world is.

It shows you HOW Palestinians end up being so HOPELESS as to end up doing something like suicide bombings. Seriously, don't be so quick to speak - especially when I see you sporting signatures about positive education and all that. Peace.

whitey
06-11-2006, 03:00 PM
A lot of them are brainwashed and used by the clerics in power. That is sad. They recruit young people who dont seem to have any hope of a better life and make them think they will be heros and they will be a marter and all this. In reality its just to further the peoples in powers agenda. They would make a big statement if they went out and blew themselves up instead of getting other people to be their human bombs.

GoddessAka Browngirl
06-13-2006, 12:23 AM
http://www.palestinehistory.com/