The names are coming in—Earlier bloggers called him "Hand Gesture Man," and LGF'ers seem to prefer "Rageman" (Leaps over "apartheid" barriers at a mile a minute?). Aussie Dave made me laugh the hardest, though, with his suggestion: Hairstyle Man. Don't mess with the power of mousse, man!
Wow, there are some nice high-resolution photographs, many of which I haven't seen in the Getty archives, over at Dutch blog Geenstijl.
It's OFFICIAL: the Photoshop Contest is on!
What is it about the Jihad-supporting world that attracts such virulent displays of always-available-on-command anger? We've seen travelling rage shows all the world over
, and have even been introduced to the most famous professional protester in the world
, and yet, no matter how many times such professional outragists (not to be confused with "bloggers") are unveiled as the professional puppets that they are, there always appear more.
Here's the latest example of Professional Raging, from the Palestinian territory, which we noticed a week or so ago
:—He is frighteningly reminiscent of a particularly angry gym teacher we had back in 7th grade. Rooster, you remember who I'm talking about?
I'm betting that the photo above came straight from AFP photographer Abbas Momani
's best stack of Pulitzer padding material, as it shows a very "oppressed" Palestinian, enraged
at the treatment supposedly being given to him by the evil
Israeli Defence Forces.
Could his rage be too good to be true?
Lo and behold, shortly after posting the Rage Boy: Palestine
article, I received an e-mail from a couple of fellow bloggers who have been tracking this guy too, and from the looks of things, he's been at it a while
. And that led me to discover once again, that the world will never have quite enough
I immediately contacted longtime "friend" Mohammed Muheisen
(who has actually become quite cordial towards this website as of late), and asked him if he knew anything about the gentleman pictured, and for Mr. Momani's contact information. Muhammed said that he's seen the protester on the photo wires, but didn't know anything more about him.
I then passed my request for information on to Abbas Momani himself, to see if I could get to the bottom of exactly who is this ragin' non-Cajun—as opposed to this guy
—that he seems to be so fascinated by.Mr. Momani responded to my request by stating that he didn't know the man personally, but said that he "lost a lot of his lands" due to Israel's "apartheid
" separation barrier, and shows up in the outskirts of Bilin every Friday
to protest against it. (To "fight" against it is the exact phrase used.)
One interesting point to think about here:—Claims of land-loss to the "Zionist occupiers" are not exactly rare
in the area. In fact, the problem is so bad that if one were to total up the claims of "stolen" land, one would end up with a total greater acreage than all of the farmland in Israel and Palestine combined
. In light of that, I requested more information from Abbas as to whether anyone's actually seen any documentary
evidence that this man's lands have actually been stolen, but I haven't heard back from him at present. Were this gentleman to actually be able to prove
that Israel stole his land, one would think that he'd be bringing a case before the Israeli Supreme Court, considering how sympathetic they tend to be towards Palestinian claims
, rather than appearing at a weekly anger-fest.
So we're back to our traditional display of patterns:—Protests held every
Friday at Bilin, presumably after the morning prayers have been completed. These same rallies are attended by a merry band
of anti-war groups and other assorted NGOs, and are covered by the photographers with striking regularity. And, while these events are generally hailed by the wires as being "peace" protests, you'll notice that there are always thugs throwing stones
present, which is still a rather violent act
, last I checked.
It is amusing to see that at each one of these little shin-digs, our mysterious serial outragist
manhandles his way right up to the edge of the Israeli guard force, and spends an unknown amount of time engaging in some sort of verbal battle, dutifully recorded week after week by the exact same photographers
But alas, I've spoken for far too long. Let's get on with the photographs, which I've helpfully numbered for your own handy reference.Thanks to the truefactor blog, here's our first brief timeline. Just for full disclosure, this blog address was e-mailed to me shortly after my original Rage Boy: Palestine piece, and appears to have only one article published. I can't therefore vouch for the source, but hey, the photos do speak for themselves, do they not?
My apologies for all of the "Original attribution pending" nonsense:—I honestly don't have any record of which photographer took which photograph, as this wasn't included in the caption information over yonder. I'll update this page with the correct attributions if I discover them, of course—Feel free to e-mail me
if you have any information about who took these pictures.
has more photos, but not retaining the captions prevents me from using his data as a reference. Fortunately, Ye Olde AFP Archives
had source material a-plenty. The earliest date I have been able to find there is early April, 2005, though I suspect he's been around a lot
longer than that. If any of y'all have seen him earlier, or in other protests than the weekly Bilin gatherings, I'd love to hear it
Here's a delightful out-take gallery from these same protests, now including our aforementioned "international" "activists" (pronounced "meddlers" over my way).
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