In this innovative project, B’Tselem and the Guardian gave six Palestinians and Israelis cameras to create video diaries of their lives in occupied East Jerusalem, under the shadow of the settlement enterprise. The diaries offer a glimpse into the impact of the volatile reality on their lives. This is one aspect of B’Tselem’s video project, in which the organization has given some 200 Palestinian families cameras to document violations of their rights.
Thaer used the camera to document his nuclear family’s life since a settler organization took over the building where the extended family had lived as tenants since the 1930s. The organization purchased the building from its Palestinian owners some 20 years ago, but the extended family’s right to continue living there as “protected tenants” is still being contested in court. In July 2010, before the court had given a decision on the matter, settlers took over all the apartments in the building apart from the one in which Thaer and his parents and siblings live.