Videos *Updated - March 12th*
There is so much material circulating about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that it is almost impossible for a casual observer to wade through it all. Palestine Monitor has decided to try and make this easier by finding, viewing and making available documentaries, lectures, debates and interviews which will help our readers make sense of events on the ground.
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March 12th, 2009 - Feature Documentary
A heart from Jenin (2008)
This is the story of Ahmeds heart. Ahmed was a Palestinian boy who lived in Jenin in the West Bank. In November, 2005, the 12-year old Ahmed was shot by an Israeli sniper. Ahmeds parents decided to donate their sons heart to Israel. The film is also about Samah, the Israeli girl who now lives with Ahmeds heart. Ahmeds parents says that the donation was made in the spirit of Salam (peace) with Israel and that their son lives on through this girl. A gift can transform and drill a hole in the wall, when there is someone on the other side willing to receive that gift.
March 10th, 2009 - Viva Gaza Convoy
MP Galloway’s speech at a Gaza solidarity protest during the massacre in Gaza
MP Galloway’s triumphant speech upon entering the Gaza Strip on March 9th, 2009.
Lectures, Interviews and Debates
Center for American Progress - American Involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Walter Russell Mead discussed his new article about the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Foreign Affairs, "Change They Can
Believe In," with Daniel Levy. Steve Clemons moderated. This event at
the New America Foundation was titled "A Pro-Israel Approach that
Delivers on Palestine."
This debate, on the American alternative news network, Democracy Now!, features Professor Norman Finkelstein squaring off against the staunch defender of Israel, Professor Alan Dershowitz. (each part is approximately one hour)
Professor Finkelstein on C-Span
Speaking on his book, the Holocaust Industry, at the
Art Institute of Chicago, Dr Finkelstein takes CSPAN viewers on a rare
journey into understanding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The video
is approximately 2 hours.
Professor Finkelstein lectures at Yale University
A one hour lecture about image and reality of the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict given in 2007 – there is more available
from this event online for interested viewers.
Norman Finkelstein debates Wolf Blitzer – November 1989
In this rather old debate, Norman Finkelstein squares
off against former AIPAC spokesman, and current chief anchor of the CNN
news network, Wolf Blitzer. The debate is 55 minutes long.
Lecture : The Myth of the Clash of Civilizations
Dr Said deconstructs the myths behind Dr Samuel
Huntington’s 1993 thesis, ‘The Clash of Civilizations’. It is an
excellent lecture for anyone interested in better understanding the
Dr’s masterpiece, ‘Orientalism’, and how it runs up against mainstream
theories of race, culture and political exchange. (approximately one
Memory, Inequality and Power: Palestine and the Universality of Human Rights
Dr Said’s hour and a half lecture at the University of
California Berkeley. Stressing the role of collective memory in the
survival of Palestinian people in the diaspora, Said argues for
acknowledging the rights of the Palestinians as a people, since human
rights are universal.
Palestine is still the Issue
John Pilger details the war in Palestine through
interviews of Palestinian and Israelis. It details the progress of
peace and the strategies and policies at work on both sides of the
issue. The documentary was published in 2002, but is still relevant
today. It is approximately 1 hour.
Jenin Jenin, directed and co-produced by Palestinian
actor and director Mohamed Bakri, includes testimony from Jenin
residents after the Israeli army’s Defensive Wall operation, during
which the city and camp were the scenes of fierce fighting. The
operation ended with Jenin flattened and scores of Palestinians dead.
In the wake of the destruction in Gaza, Palestine Monitor reminds you:
This is not the first time massacres have taken place.
Our Sufferings In This Land
A one-hour film by Ed Hill based on a two-week visit to
Palestine by a group of international peace activists in autumn 2005.
The film aims to present a concise understanding of the history,
politics and culture of Palestine. It dramatically explains the
construction of the Separation Wall, the checkpoints, the apartheid
system of passes, separate road networks, the continual Israeli
military oppression and creeping ethnic cleansing, together with the
spirited culture and resistance of a brave people.
No Child is Born a Terrorist
A brief documentary exploring the recent bloody history
of the Jenin Refugee Camp, and one Palestinian theater’s efforts to
restore normalcy, hope courage.
Unreported World - Israels Wild West
A half-hour documentary exploring Israel’s actions in the West Bank, including their brutal treatment of nonviolent protesters.
The Iron Wall
This brilliant, one-hour documentary by Palestinian
director Mohammed Alatar explores the multiple physical and
psychological layers that constitute the occupation of Palestine. The
movies title was coined by one of the late forefathers of the Zionist
movement, Vladimir Jabotinsky.
Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land
A 79 minute documentary released in 2004 by Sut Jhally
and Bathsheba Ratzkoff which "provides a striking comparison of U.S.
and international media coverage of the crisis in the Middle East,
zeroing in on how structural distortions in U.S. coverage have
reinforced false perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."
A beautiful documentary crafted by Israeli citizen
Julian Merr Khamis about the work of his mother Arna in the West Bank
during the Intifada. Juliano, who continues the work of the Freedom
Theatre today in the Jenin Refugee Camp, takes us on a journey through
the tragic lives of the young men and women they work with. The video
is approximately 80 minutes long and is a must-see for anyone
interested in learning about the consequences of occupation on the
lives of children.