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.” The year 2016 has begun much as 2015 ended—with unacceptable levels of violence and a polarized public discourse

Occupy SMA meeting, discussion and film
Anna Baltzer’s Life in Occupied Palestine
Mon, Feb 29, 1pm
Quinta Loreto Hotel
Loreto 15
Free

Ban Ki­Moon, the secretary general of the United Nations, warned: “Palestinian frustration and grievances are growing under the weight of nearly a half century of occupation. Ignoring this won’t make it disappear. No one can deny that the everyday reality of occupation provokes anger and despair, which are major drivers of violence and extremism and undermine any hope of a negotiated two-state solution.”

Israeli settlements keep expanding. The government approves plans for more than 150 new homes in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank.

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 and the outposts that are taking over the West Bank. We see the wall—how and where it is built. For those of us who have never been to Israel or Palestine, this is an enlightening film. We learn a lot that is kept hidden by the media. This documentary is the one that Israel and the United States do not want you to see.

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