The murder of the Palestinian Juliano Mer-Khamis, in his own words

Well not exactly in his own words. But we have filmmaker and activist Jen Marlowe speaking for him: Don’t ask why this peace activist had to be murdered presumably by Israel. I never heard of him before now. Why is that so? I can’t explain the fear that haunts the American press when it comes to Israel.

Jen Marlowe speaks,


Dear friends,

Many of you may have already heard about the murder of Juliano Mer-Khamis. The co-founder and director of the Freedom Theatre in Jenin Refugee Camp, he was gunned down (five bullets to the head) this afternoon outside the theatre by an unknown assailant.

I first met Juliano in 2006, when I began working with a group of activists in New York to support the Freedom Theatre. I have visited the Freedom Theatre multiple times over the years, watching Juliano teach and direct young acting students. Most recently, I watched Juliano as he coached acting students three months ago, preparing for the much-acclaimed production of “Alice in Wonderland.”

I have no words at this moment to describe Juliano, the work of the Freedom Theatre and the scope and scale of this horrific event, both for his family (Juliano leaves behind two children, one still a baby, and a pregnant wife), for the theatre, for the community in Jenin Refugee Camp and for Palestine as a whole.

I can only offer this video, which I made in collaboration with my colleagues in ‘Friends of the Jenin Freedom Theatre’.



The Video.

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Here's the link for the story.

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by MainStreet 2011-04-05 07:36PM | 0 recs
A few notes on mer-Khamis background.

From Desert Peace, a Jerusalem site:

"raised in Israel and is the child of a Jewish mother and a Christian Arab father"

"Though he grew up in Israel, Mer-Khamis never referred to himself as an Israeli Arab"

“He used to say: ‘I am both Palestinian and Jewish. I cannot divide myself between my mother and my father.’”

"Mer-Khamis was born in Nazareth and raised partly in Haifa but has been living in Jenin in recent years."

The murder has not yet been solved.

by MainStreet 2011-04-06 10:30AM | 0 recs
Democracy Now video about Juliano's assassination.
Link to the text version:
by MainStreet 2011-04-07 10:15AM | 0 recs
Democracy Now video about Juliano's assassination.
Here's the URL to the video (sorry).;feature=player_embedded
by MainStreet 2011-04-07 10:17AM | 0 recs


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