Posts Tagged ‘Palästina’

Checkpoint – Machssomim (2003)

Donnerstag, Mai 27th, 2010

Das Thema ist und bleibt aktuell. Der Film von Yoav Shamir zeigt den ebenso banalen wie harten Alltag an den Grenzkontrollpunkten zwischen Israel und Palästina. Täglich können die israelischen Grenzsoldaten ihre Besatzerrolle ausspielen und ihre Macht genießen, wenn Palästinenser die Kontrollpunkte passieren wollen, um zur Arbeit oder zum Arzt zu gehen. Andererseits sind sie trotz schwerster Bewaffnung nie sicher vor terroristischen Anschlägen.

Die West Bank und der Gaza-Streifen werden seit 1967 vom israelischen Militär kontrolliert. Täglich müssen Tausende von Palästinensern die Kontrollpunkte passieren, wenn sie zur Arbeit oder zum Arzt müssen, Verwandte besuchen oder einfach nur wieder nach Hause wollen. Angesichts der Gefahr von Terroranschlägen sind die Soldaten an den Checkpoints schwer bewaffnet, die Kontrollen streng. Die Nervosität der Grenzer ist spürbar. Manche fühlen sich in ihrer Besatzerrolle sichtlich unwohl. Andere genießen ihre Macht, und so kommt es Tag für Tag zu Schikanen gegenüber den Palästinensern. Sie müssen stundenlang im Regen warten oder werden ohne Begründung heimgeschickt. Es sind oft persönliche Faktoren, die den Ausschlag geben, ob sie hinübergehen dürfen oder nicht. Diese Begegnungen zwischen den israelischen Soldaten und der palästinensischen Bevölkerung haben tief greifende politische und gesellschaftliche Auswirkungen. Sie vertiefen den Graben auf beiden Seiten.

Zwei Jahre lang filmte Yoav Shamir an den Checkpoints um die Städte Nablus, Jenin und Ramalah. Ohne jemanden zu denunzieren, zeigt „Checkpoint“ die oft banale und meist harte Realität – vor und hinter den Absperrungen. (Quelle: Israel-Palästina)

Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land (2003)

Dienstag, Mai 18th, 2010

Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land 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. This pivotal documentary exposes how the foreign policy interests of American political elites–oil, and a need to have a secure military base in the region, among others–work in combination with Israeli public relations strategies to exercise a powerful influence over how news from the region is reported.

Through the voices of scholars, media critics, peace activists, religious figures, and Middle East experts, Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land carefully analyzes and explains how–through the use of language, framing and context–the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza remains hidden in the news media, and Israeli colonization of the occupied terrorities appears to be a defensive move rather than an offensive one. The documentary also explores the ways that U.S. journalists, for reasons ranging from intimidation to a lack of thorough investigation, have become complicit in carrying out Israel’s PR campaign. At its core, the documentary raises questions about the ethics and role of journalism, and the relationship between media and politics.

Interviewees include Seth Ackerman, Mjr. Stav Adivi, Rabbi Arik Ascherman, Hanan Ashrawi, Noam Chomsky, Robert Fisk, Neve Gordon, Toufic Haddad, Sam Husseini, Hussein Ibish, Robert Jensen, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Karen Pfeifer, Alisa Solomon, and Gila Svirsky. (Quelle: offizielle Homepage)

To Shoot an Elephant (2009)

Dienstag, März 23rd, 2010


„…afterwards, of course, there were endless discussions about the shooting of the elephant. The owner was furious, but he was only an Indian and could do nothing. Besides, legally I had done the right thing, for a mad elephant has to be killed, like a mad dog, if it’s owner fails to control it“.

To Shoot an  Elephant

George Orwell defined a way of witnessing Asia that still remains valid. „To shoot an elephant“ is an eye witness account from The Gaza Strip. December 27th, 2008, Operation Cast Lead. 21 days shooting elephants. Urgent, insomniac, dirty, shuddering images from the only foreigners who decided and managed to stay embedded inside Gaza strip ambulances, with Palestinian civilians.

George Orwell: “Shooting an elephant” was originally published in New Writing in 1948. (mehr …)

The Iron Wall (2006)

Freitag, März 19th, 2010

In 1923 Vladimir Jabotinsky, leading intellectual of the Zionist movement and father of the right wing of that movement, wrote:

„Zionist colonization must either stop, or else proceed regardless of the native population. Which means that it can proceed and develop only under the protection of a power that is independent of the native population – behind an IRON WALL, which the native population cannot breach.“

From that day these words became the official and unspoken policy of the Zionist movement and later the state of Israel. Settlements were used from the beginning to create a Zionist foothold in Palestine.

After 1967 and the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, the aim of the settlement movement became clear – create facts on the ground and make the creation of a Palestinian state impossible. Thirty nine years of occupation and the policy started showing results. There are now more than 200 settlements and outposts scattered throughout the West Bank blocking the geographic possibility of a contiguous Palestinian territory.

The Iron Wall documentary exposes this phenomenon and follows the timeline, size, population of the settlements, and its impact on the peace process. This film also touches on the latest project to make the settlements a permanent fact on the ground – the wall that Israel is building in the West Bank and its impact on the Palestinian’s peoples.

Settlements and related infrastructures are impacting every aspect of life for all Palestinians from land confiscation, theft of natural resources, confiscation of the basic human rights, creation of an apartheid-like system, to the devastating impact in regards to the future of the region and the prospect of the peace process.

Palestinians and Israelis began the peace process based on a very simple principle: land for peace. Settlements destroy that principle and create a land with no peace.

Official Webside: The Iron Wall

Chris Hedge: Israel Crackdown Puts Liberal Jews on the Spot

Mittwoch, März 17th, 2010

The Israeli government, its brutal war crimes in Gaza exposed in detail in the U.N. report by Justice Richard Goldstone, has implemented a series of draconian measures to silence and discredit dissidents, leading intellectuals and human rights organizations inside and outside Israel that are accused—often falsely—of assisting Goldstone’s U.N. investigators. The government of Benjamin Netanyahu is attempting to shut down Israel’s premier human rights organizations, including B’Tselem, the New Israel Fund (NIF) and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel. It is busy expelling or excluding peace activists and foreign nationals from the Palestinian territories. The campaign, if left unchecked, will be as catastrophic for Palestinians as it will be for Israel.

The Goldstone report, which is over 500 pages, investigated Israel’s 22-day air and ground assault on Gaza that took place from Dec. 27, 2008, to Jan. 18, 2009. The United Nations and the European Parliament have endorsed the report. The report found that Israel used disproportionate military force against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip while failing to take adequate precautions to protect the civilian population against the military assault. The Israeli attack killed 1,434 people, including 960 civilians, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights. More than 6,000 homes were destroyed or damaged, leaving behind some $3 billion in destruction in one of the poorest areas on Earth. No Israelis were killed by Hamas rockets fired into Israel during the assault. The report did not limit itself to the 22-day attack; rather, it went on to indict the occupation itself. It examines the beginning of the occupation and condemns Israel for the border closures, the blockade and for the wall or security barrier in the West Bank. It has two references to the right of return, investigates Israeli torture and criticizes the willful destruction of the Palestinian economy. (mehr …)

Jerusalem – The East Side Story (2008)

Mittwoch, März 17th, 2010

One of the latest shipment of history is the Israeli occupation. In 1948, the western part of the city fell under Israeli control; in 1967, the eastern part fell under Israeli occupation. Since then, Israel has pursued a policy of Judaizing the city, aiming to achieve Jewish demographic superiority. Part of this policy is to drive Palestinian Muslims and Christians out of the city; denying their presence, history, and ties to the land.

The documentary takes you on a journey exposing Israels policy to gain supremacy and hegemony over the city and its inhabitants. It also touches on the future of the city: Jerusalem is the key to peace; without Jerusalem, there is no peace for anyone. The film includes interviews with Palestinian and Israeli leaders, human rights activists and political analysts. (Quelle: offizielle Homepage)

The Myth of the New Anti-Semitism

Mittwoch, März 17th, 2010

By Brian Klug
The Nation, January 15, 2004

In 1879 the German journalist Wilhelm Marr, a former socialist and anarchist, founded an organization that was novel in two ways. It was the first political party based on a platform of hostility to Jews. And it introduced the world to a new word: „anti-Semite.“

Wilhelm Marr

Wilhelm Marr

Marr was an atheist, and the Antisemiten-Liga (League of Anti-Semites) was hostile to Jews on the secular grounds that they are an alien „race.“ However, his account of „Semitism“ was not essentially different from the demonic conception of the Jew that had existed in Christian Europe for centuries. It boiled down to this: Jews are a people apart from the rest of humanity. They are the enemy. Wherever they go, they form a state within a state. Conspiring in secret, they work together to promote their own collective advantage at the expense of the nations or societies in whose midst they dwell and on whom they prey. Cunning and manipulative, they possess uncanny powers that enable them, despite their small numbers, to achieve their ends. The term „antiSemitism“ has come to refer to this discourse, or variations on the themes it contains, because the same rhetoric persists whether Jewish identity is seen as religious, racial, national or ethnic. Sometimes this discourse is explicit; at other times it is the subtext of attacks on Jews. Anti-Semitism, thus defined, is not new.

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