Members of the Progressive Student Union Bloc in Gaza preformed on Sunday a play called "knife intifada," demonstrating the execution of Palestinian children by IDF soldiers in the West Bank.
The play was part of the ceremonies for the 47th anniversary of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and was watched by leaders of the Democratic Front, student representatives and representatives of the Palestinian factions in Gaza.
The play presented day-to-day experiences of Palestinian youth facing the "cruel Israeli occupation" at the security barriers in the West Bank. It describes, for example, a Palestinian girl walking to school, while IDF soldiers at the barrier start yelling at her, emptying her school bag on the floor and confiscating a Palestinian flag that was in the bag.
Another scene presents a young boy playing with his ball while IDF soldiers yell at him to stop and go home, pointing their guns at him. After the boy continues playing, a soldier confiscates his ball, blows it up with his gun and throws a knife on the floor. The boy then takes the knife and the soldiers aim at him and shoot him, while Israeli journalists document the ostensible "stabbing attack" carried out by the boy.
The actor who plays an IDF soldier told the Palestinian news agency Watan: "We want to show the world, and the Arab people especially, how the Palestinian people – students who go to schools and universities – suffer at the Israeli barriers. We want to show the world that a guy walking towards a barrier does not intend to stab soldiers. It is the soldiers who attempt to paint him as a terrorist."
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