Six Voices - Zuheir a-Rajabi, 2010

September 2010

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.

Settlers have taken over two buildings in Zuheir’s street, which lies at the heart of Silwan, a densely populated Palestinian village. Their presence gives rise to daily conflict with local residents, who are already stifled by the Jerusalem Municipality’s policy of demolition orders, planning restrictions, and severe neglect. Zuheir decided to set up CCTV cameras around his home to document the frequent clashes between Palestinians and Israeli settlers and security forces