An Analysis of the Israel-Palestine Conflict

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By Steve Gloss

This week, the Center for Global Justice will present two events examining the ongoing conflict between Palestine and Israel. This conflict dates back at least to 1947, when the new land base for Israel was set aside after the genocide during World War II. Like many political issues, this one is complex, involving territory, culture (including religion and politics), and a host of international dimensions.

Wednesday’s program will feature an award-winning documentary film entitled Occupation 101: Voices of The Silent Majority, which focuses on the prehistory of the current Israeli territory and its occupants as well as the changes that have occurred since 1947, mostly due to US-backed Israeli policies and financing. This conflict has been characterized by sporadic warfare and violence since the inception of the Israeli territory. The film portrays this violence but also shows cultural, political, and personal impacts of the conflict. Graphical representations of the relative size and changes in territories occupied by Palestinians and Israelis provide a clear vision of the proportion of territory controlled by each group and how that has changed over time. International dimensions of the conflict include the prominence of Israel in US foreign policy, including military aid, but also the less-well-understood influence of the Israeli lobby and the role of non-Jewish religious organizations in the US. Despite widespread international concern over violence and human rights abuses, the United Nations has been rendered largely ineffectual in addressing this situation.

Dr Pedro Gellert, a professor from Mexico City, will join the program on Thursday with a talk “Why Palestine?” He will address why the question of Israel and Palestine is an increasingly important part of the progressive agenda. The talk will also deal with some broader questions, such as the role of the Israel lobby, anti-Semitism, and the one-state/two-state debate. Gellert is one of the founders of the Mexican NGO Coordinadora de Solidaridad con Palestina (Coordinating Committee for Solidarity with Palestine), which supports the human rights of Palestinians. This group of Mexican citizens stands in solidarity with Palestinians as they confront an Israeli-imposed system of occupation, which many consider worse than the apartheid conditions that existed in South Africa. Gellert will talk about the events of the past ten years leading up to the most recent killings of Palestinians in nonviolent protests against Israeli policies, discussing questions like: What are the opportunities for solutions to this ongoing conflict? Why should Americans be concerned about what happens between the Israelis and Palestinians?

 

Film

The Center for Global Justice presents

Occupation 101: Voices of the Silent Majority (Palestine)

Wed, Aug 8, 11am

Teatro Santa Ana, La Biblioteca

Reloj 50A

70 pesos

 

Talk

“Why Palestine?”

By Dr Pedro Gellert

Thu, Aug 9, 11am

Sala Quetzal, La Biblioteca

Reloj 50A

70 pesos

 

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