The Ultimate Reality Show on Video:
Bassem Abu Rahma Murdered by Israeli Terrorist
Soldiers in Bil'in
By Iyad Bornat
Translation by Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD
ccun.org, April 26, 2009
In this video tape, Bassem Abu Rahma (nick named El-Feel, the elephant,
for he was always thought of as a giant among his peers) is seen pleading
with Israeli soldiers to wait (saying Raiga in Hebrew) as Palestinians,
Israelis and Internationals protested the land confiscation and building of
the apartheid fence on vilage land.
The soldiers then shoot Bassem point blank with a high velocity gas
grenade which kills him within five minutes.
and here is a video of the funeral the next day
Please share these
videos with media, politicians and others to see what is being done daily
under occupation. The speech by Iyad Bornat of the Friends of Freedom
and justice given at Bil'in International Conference which had 200
International and local attendees was given 23 April 2009 and is inspiring
(translation below). Iyad himself was injured several times and lost
In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate
Ladies and gentlemen; honorable attendees
Greetings to each
and every one of you. Greeting from a heart that is bathed with the
perfume of a valley that is surrounded by an apartheid wall and dotted with
mines. The valley that is watered with the blood of the martyr hero
Bassem Aburahma who was butchered by the occupation army without mercy in a
cowardly attempt to silence his voice. The voice that always called
for freedom and for resistance to injustice. Greetings to the martyr
Bassem who fell on this thirsty and torn land to water it with his blood and
to feed it with his pure soul.
Our conference comes amid an escalation of Israeli actions against our
people and our land. As the racist apartheid wall continues to be
built as continued colonial land confiscation and as thousands of houses are
being built in colonial settlements especially in occupied Jerusalem which
is being Judaicized and cut off from its Palestinian surrounding.
[This is done] in contravention of all International laws and resolutions
with the aim of creating facts on the ground that prevent any possibility of
a future just and peaceful solution. [Our conference] comes at a time
that the policy of cantonization of Palestinian land continues through
checkpoints that now exceed 590 and through hundreds of orders of closure
and military confiscations and home demolitions. This in addition to
the brutal siege imposed on the Palestinian areas especially on eth Gaza
strip. Accompanying all these inhuman practices are massacres and
assassinations carried out without discrimination between a child, a women
or an elderly. Hence just recently, the occupation authorities assassinated
our friend and life companion Bassem Aburahma on the land of this steadfast
village and in their attempt to break our will and our determination to
continue our struggle. Add to that the daily kidnappings/arrests in
Faced with this painful reality, the Palestinian people could do nothing
less than continue to express its rejection of all these occupation
practices by confronting the occupation with bare chests and with the faith
in our right to life and liberty like all other people side by side with all
free people of various nations regionally and internationally who seek
peace, safety, and dignity.
One of the biggest dangers that faced
Palestine throughout its history is the building of the apartheid wall that
started in 2002 in the north of the West Bank at a time that the Israeli
occupation forces surrounded and entered and engaged in widescale
destruction in Palestinian cities. Israeli bulldozers demolished olive
groves, weat fields, grape vines and more. Palestinian awoke to these
Israeli plans that aimed at killing the Palestinian state geographically,
politically and by destroying its economic and industrial base.
Perhaps more important it was to kill hope in peoples souls. But as
soon as they started building the wall, popular committees started as a
reaction by farmers and evolved to become a popular broad movement from the
North in Jenin to Qalqilia to Jayyus, Azzawiya, Salfit, DAir Al-Ghusoon,
Azoun Al-Atma, and many more villages and towns impacted by this wall.
This movement spread, famers and civil and public institutions and village
councils all worked to build public committees to resist the wall in every
village and town. Jayyus set an example with her children, her women,
and her elderly. And in Budrus proof that the popular resistance
includes all segments of societies can make something from nothing. In
daily demonstration that all the village residents participate in which
forced Israelis to move the wall to the border to the 1967. The
popular resistance continued and spread to the villages northwest of
Jerusalem and Beit Laqia and Beitunia where martyrs fell by the dozens but
this did not stop the popular civil resistance. But instead it
increased the believe in it. Bil'in came with its popular committee
that excelled and was very creative and showed the best examples of
steadfastness and roads to victory. Bloods of martyrs like Bassam Abu
Rahama testify to this persistence in rejection of Israeli plans on our
land. And this committee succeeded in forcing a decision to change the
path of the wall. We became an international symbol of popular
resistance. Bilin became a partner to other Palestinian villages. Al-Ma'assara
formed the committee to protect the Bethlehem district, and became an
example for activities that express the best of the historical and religious
significance of Bethlehem district. The village became the eye
of the district and the eye of the south. The popular committees to
resist the wall in Palestine were able to convince the world of the justice
of the Palestinian cause and to bring international support.
International solidarity activists became faithful messengers of Palestinian
cause and unknown soldiers standing by the Palestinian people. They
transmit the stories of Palestinian suffering to people around the world to
pressure their government to end the brutal occupation.
Gentlemen, on this occasion again we express our appreciation and respect
for all that you have given and will continue to give to support our
resistance in the face of the criminal Zionist behavior. We would like
to emphasize the following:
On the Palestinian level
- We emphasize the
necessity of the Palestinian unity as the basis in ensuring the success of
the Palestinian national goals of freedom and independence.
- We ask the
Palestinian national authority, its president and its prime minister to
increase serious work to apply the decision of the international court of
justice of 9 July 2004 and the U.N. General Assembly resolution that
- We commend the
Palestinian national authority position of support for popular resistance.
We thank you Mr. President and Mr. Prime Minister. But we hope and
wish that you work with us in the wider scale to increase our effort and to
support the citizens resistance by increasing projects in area C and agree
to spend monthly stipend for the popular committee to ensure their
continuity. We also call on you to take a strong political stance on
the issues of Judaicizing Jerusalem and continuing settlement and wall
building: a stance that would force the international community to pressure
- We ask the
national movements to put popular resistance at the head of their programs
starting with boycott of Israeli products and up to participation at all
levels in future popular actions.
- We emphasize the
need to continue in the popular resistance as a strategic tool based on
successful experience in resisting the wall. The depository of the
popular Palestinian struggle include the experience of the first intifada
and we call on unifying all efforts in exchanging these experiences and
increasing level of collaboration and cooperation both between popular
committee and between these committees and other segment of society.
the Israeli level
- Strengthening the
relationship with the Israeli peace movement that support our peoples
struggle against the occupation.
- Rejection of any
kind of normalization with the Israeli occupiers and its institutions and
organizations and representatives.
On the international level
- Growing our
relationship with international solidarity activists and recruiting more of
them to work with peace and freedom.
- Work to mobilize
Palestinian and Arab communities abroad.
- Requesting union
organizations and groups and all peace activist and civil societies around
the world to:
o Participate in presenting the realities of Palestinian
experience and thus challenge the Israeli propaganda
on boycotts, divestment and sanctions including suspension of the EU-Israel
o Apply pressure to official international
institutions especially the EU, European governments, and the USA so that
they demand Israel fulfill its international obligations including ending
the occupation and ending all practices that violates Palestinian human
rights. We request all western countries especially the US to end its
political material and military support to the state of occupation.
This blind support encourages the occupation to continue to violate basic
human rights. American weapons had been used to kill our innocent
To all the world we say that the Palestinian Arab people
are still suffering a grave injustice and massacre at the hands of brutal
occupation in the shadow of dreadful international silence and sometimes
with full support [of the West] to injustice. Yet, we continue to cling to
our land as done for centuries despite the killing, the demolition, the
siege, the starvation, the expulsion, the land and water confiscation.
My people are suffering and its time to end the injustice. History
will not forgive those who are partners in crime. The future will see
new smiles on the faces of our children, a future of peace and love between
people. Those children in my country today do not know the sea and are
forbidden to even wonder into nature into their fields where the guns of the
occupiers target them.
Be with what is right. We promise you,
promise our people, promise our martyrs including our heroic martyr Bassam
that we will continue in our resistance and rejections of this occupation
until it ends. This wall will fall and in its place we will build
bridges of friendships between people and construct windows of hope.
That is our promise and with your help we will fulfill our promise.
Translation by Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD
Silence is complicity