Many of you may have already heard about the murder of
Juliano Mer-Khamis. The co-founder and director of the Freedom Theatre
in Jenin Refugee Camp, he was gunned down (five bullets to the head)
this afternoon outside the theatre by an unknown assailant.
I first met Juliano in 2006, when I began working with a
group of activists in New York to support the Freedom Theatre. I have
visited the Freedom Theatre multiple times over the years, watching
Juliano teach and direct young acting students. Most recently, I
watched Juliano as he coached acting students three months ago,
preparing for the much-acclaimed production of "Alice in Wonderland."
I have no words at this moment to describe Juliano, the work
of the Freedom Theatre and the scope and scale of this horrific event,
both for his family (Juliano leaves behind two children, one still a
baby, and a pregnant wife), for the theatre, for the community in
Jenin Refugee Camp and for Palestine as a whole.
I can only offer this video, which I made in collaboration
with my colleagues in 'Friends of the Jenin Freedom Theatre'.
Please take a moment to watch Juliano, in his own words, as
he talks about his vision for Palestine and how the Freedom Theatre is
an integral part of that vision.
And please take a moment to share this video, to post it, to
Juliano was killed. But he has not been silenced.
With deep sadness,