NEW FILM CLIPS OF MOHAMED AND PAUL MARTIN’S STORY

New film clips released today show

  • the way Mohamed Abu Muailek became a rocket-firer,
  • why he changed his mind,
  • his outspoken criticism of the Hamas armed wing’s provocative military tactics,
  • Mohamed’s surprising friendship by Internet with an Israeli,
  • Mohamed’s efforts to flee Gaza,
  • Mohamed’s dramatic message before his arrest,
  • Martin’s own arrest after an effort to give evidence about Mohamed’s openness in a Hamas-controlled ‘military court’,
  • Martin’s near-death experiences in a Hamas secret prison,
  • Martin’s statement to media as he gets out of Gaza,
  • Hamas’s verbal onslaught against Martin even as they are releasing him,
  • Martin’s welcome by Archbishop Tutu who helped to ‘spring’ him,
  • Mohamed’s Israeli friend is found and speaks out about the limits of their friendship, and
  • Mohamed’s elder brother campaigns for Mohamed’s release. and explains why Mohamed is a Prisoner of Conscience.

“We hope this will give a flavour of what rich material is available for any documentary or film,” said Martin. “From these clips we get just a hint of the astonishing story that is still unfolding.  It is now more relevant than ever, not only in its human dimensions, but also to get a unique insight into the context of  and the future outcomes of the Arab Upheavals.”

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00 – BBC World News trails ‘Rocket Man Under Fire’ Film

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01 – Mohamed on rocket-firing mission, 2007

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02 – Mohamed talks online to an Israeli friend

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03 – Mohamed condemns Hamas for exposing civilians to danger

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04 – Mohamed tries to escape to Egypt

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05 – Mohamed tries again to flee from Gaza

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06 – Hamas arrests Mohamed

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07 – Paul Martin’s arrest reported worldwide

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08 – Paul Martin recounts death threats on first day in prison

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09 – Hamas foreign minister releases but attacks Paul Martin

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10 – Paul Martin statement to media near Gaza border

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11 – Mohamed’s Israeli friend agrees to talk on camera

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12 – Archbishop Tutu greets Paul Martin after his release

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13 – Mohamed’s Israeli friend Dan discusses their internet relationship

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14 -”Mohamed is prisoner of conscience,” says his brother

 

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