Monday, April 11, 2011

The Murder of Juliano Mer Khamis

On Monday, April 4th, the Israeli - Palestinian actor and director, Juliano Mer Khamis, was killed by masked gunmen outside his Freedom Theatre in the Jenin Refugee Camp. Khamis had founded the Theatre in 2006 with Jonatan Stanczak and Zakaria Zubeidi as a continuation of his mother's theater in Jenin in the 1980s. The Theatre provided a platform for youth to express themselves in order to find their personal, social, political, and cultural freedom. The Freedom Theatre was one of the core institutions of peaceful resistance to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank. With his death, the peaceful movement in both Israel and the West Bank has gone into mourning. It remains to be seen the exact affect of Khamis' death on the peaceful resistance movement as well as on the prospects of Israeli - Palestinian peace as a whole.

CrossTalk interviews on this topic:
Jonatan Stanczak (co-founder of the Freedom Theatre)
Radii Aseedii (Commander of the Jenin Area Leadership for the Palestinian Authority)
Micaela (drama teacher at the Freedom Theatre)
Nabeel (a leader in the Freedom Theatre)
Miriam (a student of Juliano in the Acting School of the Freedom Theatre)
Fakhri Hamad (Program Director for Cinema Jenin)
Saleh Bakri (Israeli - Arab actor and colleague of Juliano)