Friday, April 10, 2009

Palestine Is Still The Issue

In 1977, the award-winning journalist and film-maker, John Pilger, made a documentary called Palestine Is Still The Issue. He told how almost a million Palestinians had been forced off their land in 1948, and again in 1967.

In this in-depth documentary, he has returned to the West Bank of the Jordan and Gaza, and to Israel, to ask why the Palestinians, whose right of return was affirmed by the United Nations more than half a century ago, are still caught in a terrible limbo -- refugees in their own land, controlled by Israel in the longest military occupation in modern times.

"The fate and struggle of the Palestinians," says Pilger, "are not just critical to the overdue recognition of their basic human rights, but are also central to whether the region, and the wider world, are plunged into war. Israel is now one of the biggest military powers in the world. While nothing changes, the dangers become greater. This is a film about a nation of people, traumatized, humiliated and yet resilient. In trying to liberate less than a quarter of historic Palestine, they have had no army, no air force, and no powerful friends -- and have fought back with slingshots and now with the terrorism of the suicide bombers."

In a series of extraordinary interviews with both Palestinians and Israelis, John Pilger weaves together the issue of Palestine. He speaks to the families of suicide bombers and their victims; he sees the humiliation of Palestinians imposed on them at myriad checkpoints and with a permit system not dissimilar to apartheid South Africa's infamous pass laws. He goes into the refugee camps and meets children who, he says, "no longer dream like other children, or if they do, it is about death." Continually asking for the solution, John Pilger says it is time to bring justice, as well as peace, to Palestine.


Anonymous said...

Incredible, Unbelievable, Powerful. Thank you very much for the post. I am following up on other works by John Pilger.

Kyle said...

EXCELLENT documentary Scott. Really good stuff. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Thanks again John - you are one of the most compassionate, intelligent & steadfast human beings on this planet & your work is gradually changing the world.
Peace & Love

Anonymous said...

Awesome, i think this reveals the true evil of religion on both side. The holocaust was religiously driven. the creation of Israel was religiously driven. The entire shit is religiously driven. Religion prevents one from seen the other side as people that deserves basic respect. I truly believes, the world will know no peace, until religion is put in it's place. Confined to the realm of spirituality, and out of the realm of truth.