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Israel bans ‘Jenin, Jenin’ film, orders payment of damages to Israel soldier

MEMO – January 13, 2021

The Lod District Court in Israel on Monday banned the screening of a documentary about Israel’s brutal 2002 campaign in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin.

‘Jenin, Jenin’ can no longer be aired in Israel after an Israeli soldier who was depicted in the footage stealing from an elderly Palestinian filed a lawsuit against the film.

The judge said Israeli soldier Nissim Magnaji had been “sent to defend his country and found himself accused of a crime he did not commit”. The court ordered director Mohammed Bakri to pay damages to Magnaji of 175,000 shekels ($55,000) as well as 50,000 shekels ($15,936) of court expenses.

In her ruling, judge Halit Silash went on to say some of the representation in the video was untrue.

Bakri, a Palestinian with Israeli citizenship, told the AFP news agency the decision was “unfair” and that the judge had acted on instructions “from above.”

“I intend to appeal the verdict because it is unfair, it is neutering my truth,” Bakri told the Walla News website.

Objecting to the court’s ruling, the chairman of the Balad faction in the Joint List party, Member of the Israeli Knesset Mtanes Shehadeh, was quoted by the Times of Israel saying: “It’s not the film that should be shelved, but the occupation and its crimes.”

The documentary shows footage and eyewitness accounts of the massacre committed by the Israeli occupation forces in the Palestinian refugee camp of Jenin in 2002. At least 52 Palestinians, including women, children, and the elderly, were killed in the rampage that unfolded over a two-week period in a refugee camp, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) investigation.

Some 23 Israeli soldiers were killed at the time.

January 13, 2021 - Posted by | Film Review, Full Spectrum Dominance, Video, War Crimes | , ,

1 Comment »

  1. In 2005 or 2006, I produced, together with a great friend Egyptian-American Ph.D, a public-access-TV program showing “Jenin, Jenin” in its entirety; it was aired via my local-area cable TV system at least four guaranteed times and probably more (repeats/fillers). The writer was Jacob Khamis, whose mother was Anna Mer, an Israeli Jew, and whose father was Palestinian. It was searing footage; predictably, we received precious little feedback but were obsessively dedicated to the cause: we aired over 3,000 hours of pro-justice, pro-Palestine fare from 2005 to 2011. Every one of our programs began with this prefatory slide: “For the Palestinians, life yesterday was worse than the day before; life today is worse than yesterday; life tomorrow will be worse than today.” And the beat goes on, in 2021 without prospect of surcease (thanks in so great part, of course, to US obeisance to Zionism-Israel).

    May Mr. Bakri’s appeal be successful. Good luck with that….

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    Comment by roberthstiver | January 13, 2021 | Reply


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