‘In May 2007, the battle between Fatah al-Islam and the Lebanese army broke out in Nahr al-Bared Refugee Camp in northern Lebanon. Amidst heavy fighting, the Lebanese army had systematically destroyed the entire camp by September 2007. Two years later, nearly all the rubble has been cleared from the “old camp”, the core of Nahr al-Bared. However, though the displaced residents grow increasingly desperate, reconstruction has yet to begin.
Not only does the Lebanese army keep people away from the old camp, but it also controls movement in and out of the surrounding area known as the “new camp”. Anyone entering the new camp requires a valid permit issued by the army. Refugees and NGOs working to revitalize the once robust economy of the camp face crippling isolation, as the marketplace of Nahr al-Bared is totally cut off from the surrounding villages. A flailing economy and soaring unemployment are only a few of the consequences of the destruction and ongoing siege of the camp.
This 26-minute film follows a father and his son as they attempt to deal with their unemployment. The two have been living in metal barracks for more than a year, waiting to return to their camp. By documenting issues of reconstruction, temporary housing, economy, unemployment and despair, the film touches on the daily experience of life in Nahr al-Bared Camp.
The film can be downloaded here.
Please visit our website for background information and further videos on Nahr al-Bared.’
See also : Justice For Lebanon.
Aharonovich Says He’s Tough on Anarchists
June 23, 2009
(IsraelNN.com) Public Security Minister Yitzchak Aharonovich promised a fellow minister that the police would make sure that anarchist rioters in Na’alin and Bilin are brought to justice. Aharonovich was replying to a query on the matter by Ayub Kara, Minister for Development of the Galilee and Negev.
Aharonovich assured Kara that many of the participants in the ongoing riots have been arrested and interrogated, and some have been tried. “Some of those involved have been subjected to restrictions on entering Judea and Samaria, and others, who are not Israeli citizens, were expelled from Israel, or their entry into Israel was prevented.”
“Among Free’s supporters and detractors in Eugene, there is consensus that his stiff sentence was meant to send a message. But those 22 years also reflect the idiosyncrasies and bad luck that marked his legal odyssey. Free’s arrest came at a time when some in Eugene were growing tired of the city’s reputation as an anarchist-haven, a reputation that was seared into the national consciousness at the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle. As Detective Holland put it: “During Seattle, you had this image on TV of a bare-chested, black-hooded guy anarchist, jumping on a car, while a mother and daughter in the car looked on, terrified. That symbolized Eugene.” Since then, one former district attorney has said authorities adopted a get-tough-on-anarchists policy.” ~ Gayle Forman, The Killing Fields, February, 2002.
“The left should offer no comfort to these crazies. We should do whatever we can to isolate them. They are wreckers. If they grow in Australia it will simply make it harder to build future protests and movements.” ~ Mick Armstrong, Socialist Alternative, November 19, 2006.