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Learn more about Palestine

The Origins of the Conflict

 

The first film explores the historical context for the creation of Israel and how the Arab Israeli conflict was born. The second film depicts the "Nakba", when Palestinians were massacred and forced to flee from villages in 1948. The third documentary investigates the "Nakba" in more detail, through the testimonies of the Israeli soldiers involved in the massacre of the Palestinian village Tantura. The fourth link is to a TV series showing the origin and unfoldment of the conflict from various perspectives. 

 

1948: Creation & Catastrophe - A documentary that explains the events leading up to the creation of Israel and how this impacted the indigenous Palestinians

Farha: A Netflix film, based on a true story, of a Palestinian girl caught up in the early conflict between the Jews arriving from Europe and the Palestinian villagers who were forced to flee.

 

Tantura: A documentary by Israeli film maker Alon Schwartz, who courageously investigates the alleged massacre of a Palestinian village, Tantura, by interviewing the military unit involved in May 1948 

 

The Promise: A 4 part TV series that shows the conflict from the perspective of the British, Jews & Israelis and Palestinians. Episode 1 here. All 4 episodes available on DVD.

Facts on the Ground

The first film depicts the life of Palestinians in Gaza. The second explores how the discrimination of Palestinians is codified in Israeli law. The third demonstrates the ominous movement in the US state legislation to criminalise those who choose to boycott Israel.

 

Gaza: A documentary film by Irish filmaker Gary Keane, illustrating the daily life of Palestinian families in Gaza.

The Law and the Prophets: A documentary film exploring tools of "lawfare" used against Palestinians and sharing stories of effective "prophets" for justice and peace in the Holy Land.

 

Boycott traces the impact of state legislation designed to penalize individuals and companies that choose to boycott Israel due to its human rights record.

The Occupation of the American Mind investigates US media coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and how its complicit in spreading propaganda.

Israelism documents how systems of oppression are justified and legitimised through the education system that obscures reality (password IsraelismScreener22)
 

Seeds of Peace

Just a few examples of courageous Israelis and Jews who seek to end the occupation. The BDS movement seeks to effect change using the tools used to dismantle Apartheid in South Africa.

Objector is a documentary film about a young Israeli woman who refuses military duty and is imprisoned for her dissent. Her courage moves those around her to reconsider their own moral and political positions.

Disturbing the Peace is about Palestinians and Israelis, born into conflict, sworn to be enemies, who challenged their fate. The movie challenges all of us to understand the narratives we live within, to look at our current roles in our societies, and to decide what role we are going to play in creating a more humane world, for all. 

Breaking the Silence is an organization of veteran soldiers who have served in the Israeli military since the start of the Second Intifada and have taken it upon themselves to expose the public to the reality of everyday life in the Occupied Territories with the goal of ending the occupation.

Jewish Voice for Peace is the largest progressive Jewish anti-Zionist organization in the world. They organize a grassroots, multiracial, cross-class, intergenerational movement of U.S. Jews into solidarity with the Palestinian freedom struggle, guided by a vision of justice, equality, and dignity for all people

 

The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement works to end international support for Israel's oppression of Palestinians and pressure Israel to comply with international law

Humanitarian Action

Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) works for the health and dignity of Palestinians living under occupation and as refugees, providing immediate medical aid to those in great need, while also developing local capacity and skills to ensure the long-term development of the Palestinian healthcare system. 

The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) is an officially recognized independent Palestinian National Society. It is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and has the mission to provide humanitarian assistance as well as health and social services to Palestinians whenever and wherever needed. It works towards preventing and allaying human suffering, protecting life and health, ensuring the respect of human dignity, preventing disease, and promoting health, social care and volunteering both in times of peace and war as well as during emergencies, crises and disasters.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) provides medical assistance to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from healthcare. Their actions are guided by medical ethics and the principles of impartiality, independence and neutrality.  Non-profit, self-governed, member-based, it was founded in 1971 in Paris by a group of journalists and doctors and now is a worldwide movement of over 68,000 people.

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