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Like most episodes of Palestinian resistance, the Intifada – the unarmed popular uprising against Israeli occupation of 1987-93 – tends to be held hostage to hindsight.Resistance has been so thoroughly overmatched by the military and intelligence apparatus of the occupier – and, it's been suggested, the corruption and ineptitude of the Palestinian political leadership – that the prevailing media narratives are those of flight, victimization and defeat, and of a militancy more likely to target Israel's civilians than its army. One such story is the subject of Paul Cowan and Amer Shomali's documentary "The Wanted 18 ".Organized and managed by middle class professionals, Beit Suhour's farming venture was far more worrying to the occupation authorities than the stone-throwing youth the Western media habitually photographed to represent the Intifada.The film's brashest innovation – English-speaking cows, and a few other animated elements – brings an aspect of "fun" to the film that is quite alien to most discussions of Israel's occupation of Palestine. It's not completely out of place in this story, however, since those Beit Suhour residents who were kids at the time recall the campaign as having been just that, fun.
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