Annie’s right. Badee sent me a draft of the article and he actually didn’t mention ISM-NorCal in that draft, either. I’m glad he got some help with it (from Annie?) and that it got published on MondoWeiss. Badee reported that no one contacted him or HRD about the the Jan 9 article by Sheren Khalel, not WaPo, not CNN, not Sheren – nobody. My guess is that the false information was from WaPo and CNN and just kept getting passed on. Perhaps B’Tselem innocently thought it was part of their excellent camera distribution program and that was the original source.
In any case, ISM-Northern California responded to an appeal from HRD in late 2015 and did a special fundraising to supply them with professional cameras to replace the broken one, as well as a computer, projector and other equipment. So far, we have sent four high quality cameras, five beginner cameras, two computers, a high quality projector and more. We are planning to send at least four more high quality cameras and another computer.
We’re ready to send some of this equipment now if we can find travelers going to Palestine from the US. After we verify the bona fides of the traveler, we’ll send the equipment to you and provide you with the contact info. All of the pieces are pretty small and light. We live on a shoestring and can always use more funding but we have the funds to send some of the equipment right away.
We also sponsor volunteers wishing to participate with ISM in Palestine. Please contact the ISM-NorCal group for more info.