Life in Occupied Palestine
By Jim Carey
Fareed Zakaria once said, “Wise Israeli politicians, from Ariel Sharon to Ehud Olmert to Ehud Barak, have wanted to take risks to make peace because they have worried about Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic state. That peace is what is in danger, not Israel’s existence.”
Life in Occupied Palestine
Monday, November 23, 1pm
Quinta Loreto Hotel
Once again, Israel’s peace is in danger—as well as its unconditional support in the world community. While Obama and Netanyahu met in the White House, the antiwar Answer Coalition, Code Pink, and Veterans for Peace, all held signs proclaiming, “Netanyahu War Criminal,” “Stop all Aid to Israel,” and “Boycott Israel.” In his talk to the neoliberal Center for American Progress, Netanyahu said, “It’s become an axiom that we are gobbling up land—we’re not.” He asserted that no new settlements had been built in the past 20 years in Israel. “Google this,” he implored the audience. I did just that. From all sources, there is general agreement that Israel continues to both expand its settlements and occupy new areas in the West Bank, despite pressure to desist from the international community.
Previously we have spent three sessions on Gaza and the war that erupts there on a regular basis. On Monday we will show a film by Anna Baltzer, an American Jewish woman who has spent time in the Occupied Territory of the West Bank. She gives a brief history of Israel’s development from its inception as a country in 1948 through 1967 up to 2006. She explains to us the restricted movements, the checkpoints and roadblocks, which the Palestinians live with daily. Anna gives us an understanding of both the Israeli settlements as well as the outposts that are taking over the West Bank. We see the wall—how and where it is built. She asks, “If this security fence creates only segregation and separation, is it the way to peace?” She talks about the Israeli activists and the nonviolent actions that take place throughout Palestine. Finally she defines what it means to be Jewish, Israeli, and a Zionist.
For those who us who have never been to Israel or Palestine, this is an enlightening film. As citizens of the world, as US taxpayers, we learn a lot that is kept hidden by the media. This documentary is often discussed as the one that Israel and the United States do not want you to see.
After the film, many are left with the belief that the settlements definitely seem to be in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention Article 49, which states that International Law prohibits an occupying power from transferring citizens from its own territory to the occupied territory. These are a few of the questions that we will talk about. Join in our discussion. All our events are free.