[Marxism] Some more honorable reporting from Ethan Bronner

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Jul 27 13:20:02 MDT 2011

NY Times July 27, 2011
Israeli Commandos Storm Theater in West Bank and Make Arrests

JERUSALEM — Israeli commandos stormed a famous Palestinian theater 
in the West Bank early Wednesday, arresting two men associated 
with it and damaging the building, a witness said.

The Freedom Theater in Jenin, in the northern West Bank, had been 
an oasis of so-called cultural resistance for decades although it 
was in the news for a darker reason in April when its director, 
Juliano Mer Khamis, was shot dead by masked gunmen just outside it.

An army spokeswoman would confirm only that two men were arrested 
near the theater but gave no details on why the arrests took place 
or whether they were related to Mr. Mer Khamis’s killing, which 
remains unsolved.

The witness, Jacob Gough, who has been managing the theater on an 
interim basis, said he was called there about 3 a.m. Wednesday and 
saw several dozen Israeli soldiers throwing rocks at the windows 
and then arresting Adnan Naghnaghiye, a technician and site 
director for the theater. Other troops went nearby to the house of 
Bilal Saadi, the chairman of the theater’s board, and arrested him 
after destroying the windows of his house, Mr. Gough added.

“I have been at the theater for three years and I have never seen 
anything like this,” he said by telephone from Jenin. “We’ve never 
had this kind of treatment.”

The soldiers, he said, ordered the two men to remove their 
trousers and lift their shirts. When he asked what was happening, 
Mr. Gough said, he was told to be quiet in harsh terms and at 

He said the men arrested were taken to separate prisons and a 
lawyer had been hired to work on their cases.

Mr. Mer Khamis, 52, was a world-renowned actor and director who 
was born to an Israeli Jewish mother and a Palestinian Christian 
father. An Israeli citizen, he had lived for seven years in Jenin. 
His mother, a peace activist, founded the theater. A film Mr. Mer 
Khamis made about her work, “Arna’s Children,” received wide 
international praise.

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