MADRE Mourns the Death of Juliano Mer-Khamis
Posted on: Friday, April 8, 2011
MADRE joins many in mourning the death of Juliano Mer-Khamis, an activist who used theater to promote peace and human rights in Palestine and Israel. He co-founded and directed the Freedom Theater of Jenin, reaching out to the young generation living in the West Bank and teaching them about art as a tool for peaceful social change.
He was shot and killed by unknown attackers last Monday as he left the theater. Last Thursday, people gathered to celebrate his life and to remember him as a "father, a teacher and a leader." MADRE sends our condolences to his loved ones and to his family, who released this statement:
Juliano dedicated his life to love, people and freedom. Freedom was the essence of Juliano’s being and he fought for justice and equality on the collective and individual level.
His death is a great blow to us and to the Freedom Theatre in Jenin Refugee Camp, which he co-founded with his mother, Arna, and which we will continue to support. We share his loss with the people of Jenin and will continue to share our lives and aspirations for freedom and liberty with them.