Inside Israel and the Palestinian Territories
Techniques and counter-techniques in anti-barrier protests
Our TV cameramen and stills photographers prefer to shoot anywhere except in the West Bank village of Bilin. That’s where Palestinians, foreign supporters and Israeli left-wing activists hold weekly protests against the barrier Israel is building in the occupied West Bank.
Seeking to quell protests in Bilin, Israeli security forces spray a foul-smelling substance that sticks — for a long time — to skin, clothes and cameras. Staying their ground, protesters have been trying a counter-measure: yellow plastic suits and masks.
Our cameramen don’t have those “protection suits”. So they use another technique when the spray starts to fly — they take wing, leaving the camera running as they seek cover.
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PHOTO: Friday protest in Bil’in. July 10, 2009. REUTERS/Fadi Arouri