Thursday, January 08, 2009
Occupation 101 - A powerful documentary on the root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
A thought-provoking and powerful documentary film on the current and
historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Unlike any
other film ever produced on the conflict -- 'Occupation 101' presents a
comprehensive analysis of the facts and hidden truths surrounding the
never ending controversy and dispels many of its long-perceived myths
The film also details life under Israeli military rule, the role of the
United States in the conflict, and the major obstacles that stand in the
way of a lasting and viable peace. The roots of the conflict are
explained through first-hand on-the-ground experiences from leading
Middle East scholars, peace activists, journalists, religious leaders
and humanitarian workers whose voices have too often been suppressed in
American media outlets.
The film covers a wide range of topics -- which include -- the first
wave of Jewish immigration from Europe in the 1880's, the 1920 tensions,
the 1948 war, the 1967 war, the first Intifada of 1987, the Oslo Peace
Process, Settlement expansion, the role of the United States Government,
the second Intifada of 2000, the separation barrier and the Israeli
withdrawal from Gaza, as well as many heart wrenching testimonials from
victims of this tragedy.
Occupation 101 features a leading list of some of the most credible
Middle East scholars, historians, peace activists, journalists, and
humanitarian workers. For a complete listing,
please click here.
Well worth a read, to understand the paranoia of the Zionists (see "On
Monday, June 5, 1967, after receiving military intelligence that Egypt was
within hours of launching an invasion via the Gaza Strip, Israel launched
its defensive pre-emptive strike, an air attack that destroyed the air
forces of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria while they were still on the ground").
See this bit:
"Palestinians who fled Israel in 1948 and are still alive have no legal
right to return to Israel, because the Arab leadership representing them
(Arab nations until 1993, and since then the Palestinian Authority) are
still, de jure and de facto, at war with Israel; and these refugees,
therefore, are still potential hostiles. International law does not require
a country at war to commit suicide by allowing the entry of hundreds of
thousands of a potentially hostile population".
Imagine that. Banning innocent refugees because you have deemed them to be
represented by your enemy and you don't want "potentially hostile" people in
your country. It would be like Germany saying that the Jews who fled
Germany in 1938-9 must not be allowed back, because they are potentially
There's an engaging honesty, at least, about "Most Israeli settlements in
the West Bank and the Gaza Strip are legal and violate no international laws
or relevant UN resolutions. Most do not involve the theft of any Palestinian
land". I suppose they could have added that most terrorist suspects are not
beaten to death.
Most of the critics of Israel in Occupation 101 are actually Jewish as
you will probably have noticed if you saw it. I've watched it and
found certain parts to be very, very sad, notably this wonderful
little Palestinian girl venting her anger:
How anyone could not be touched by the plight of this child is beyond
me. Why can't the Israeli government realize that they are creating
the continuation of hatred towards them all the time. Forcing people
to live in destitution and terror will never create peace.
july 20th 1976 assad Hafez...
ariel sharon .......