The First 54 Years: An Abbreviated Manaul for Military Occupation

Event Date
3 pm ET/ 12 noon PT
Note: This event has already passed.  To see a recording of the Q&A panel discussion click here and go to June 18, 2023.

What are the circumstances, logic, and day-to-day processes that allow the normalization of the Israeli military occupation?

Almost 3 million Palestinians live under military occupation on land captured by Israel in the ’67 war, plus another 2 million in Gaza.  What does “military occupation” mean for people living under it?  Witness first-hand testimonies from former IDF soldiers and historical film clips that show the devastating results not only on the occupied Palestinians, but also on Israeli youth conscripted to enforce it.  In The First 54 Years: An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation, Director Avi Mograbi hosts the viewers in his living room and provides insights to how a colonialist occupation works–the logic behind its brutal practices and the different modes of thought needed to sustain it despite international condemnation.

Watch the film for free at your convenience; Join the Q&A Discussion

Avi MograbiIsraeli filmmaker; Board member, Breaking the Silence

Joel Carmel:  Former COGAT officer  West Bank; Advocacy Coordinator, Breaking the Silence

Jamal Najjab: Palestinian-American photojournalist and human rights advocate

James Zogby (moderator): Co-founder and president, Arab American Institute

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Co-Sponsors: Veterans For Peace and Nonviolence International

SUPPORTER Organizations: Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Episcopal Peace Fellowship-Palestine Israel Network Churches for Middle East Peace Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace   Quaker Palestine Israel Network Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East Indiana Center for Middle East Peace Disciples Palestine-Israel Network Virginia Coalition for Human Rights Mennonite Palestine Israel Network Friends of Sabeel North AmericaCenter for Jewish NonviolenceUnited Church of Christ Palestine Israel Network Northern New Jersey Jewish Voice for Peace  Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service Kairos Puget Sound Coalition Pax Christi USA