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Palestinian Museum recording of interview with Amira Hess

  For more info: https://palestinemuseum.us18.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a920851419e209a6827bc7ec4&id=85dd46c140&e=2b146b21f5  

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Fridays 10:30 AM EDT: KKFI Radio online at www.kkfi.org

KKFI Radio Show: "Understanding Israel Palestine"

Featuring: Weekly radio interview show with Jamie Jackson. Archived episodes at kkfi.org/program/understanding-israel-palestine/

  For more info: http://www.kkfi.org  

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Voices from the Holy Land Online Film Salon Recordings

Featuring: Panel discussions focusing on “The Settlers”, “BOYCOTT”, "Skies Above Hebron", "How to Make a Revolution", "Journalism Under Occupation - In Memory of Shireen Abu Akleh", "Palestine Poster Project", "Art & Resistance", "Of Land and Bread", "Advocate", "Soldier on the Roof", "Gaza: Still Alive", "Christians in Palestine", "1948: Creation & Catastrophe", "Bethlehem Today", "Valentino's Ghost: Why We Hate Arabs", "Stitching Palestine", "Gaza Fights for Freedom", "Radiance of Resistance", "MAYOR", "On the Side of the Road", "Occupation of the American Mind", "We All Live in Gaza", "Next Generation's Perspectives on the Occupation: Three Student Films", "Detaining Dreams" and "OBAIDA", "Objector", "The Ruins of Lifta", “Roadmap to Apartheid”, “Rock the Boat: Anatomy of a non-violent action", “Naila and the Uprising”, “It’s What We Do”, and “Home Front: Portraits from Sheik Jarrah”.

  For more info: https://www.voicesfromtheholyland.org/online-film-salon-videos/online-film-salon  

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#StandwithShadi, contact your representative to protest kidnapping of Palestinian children

Featuring: Shadi Khoury, the 16-year old student at the Ramallah Friends School and grandson of Sabeel Founder, Samia Khoury, was arrested and violently removed from his home. He joins hundreds of Palestinian children kidnapped and detained illegally.

  For more info: https://fosna.good.do/standwithshadi/standwithshadi/  

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ANERA social ambassador program, new volunteer opportunity

Featuring: Volunteer opportunity to use platforms in support of refugees and vulnerable communities in Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan.

  For more info: https://www.anera.org/apply-anera-social-ambassador-program/?emci=ff6f2a05-244f-ed11-819c-002248258e08&emdi=bdf91f11-8c50-ed11-819c-002248258e08&ceid=1110461  

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      Link to podcast on Soundcloud

Riyada podcast featuring Palestinian filmmaker and poet Hind Shoufani

  For more info: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/audio/palestinian-film-maker-and-poet-injects-authenticity-and-empowerment-industry?utm_campaign=mep&utm_source=update&utm_medium=email&emci=dda19db9-8851-ed11-819c-002248258e08&emdi=11d067c6-9b53-ed11-819c-002248258e08&ceid=130731  

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      Link to video

ANERA video on visit to Deir al Balah, Gaza

Featuring:

  For more info: https://www.anera.org/blog/a-visit-to-deir-al-balah-gaza/?emci=4cdab535-8f55-ed11-819c-002248258e08&emdi=2d47b697-1456-ed11-819c-002248258e08&ceid=1110461  

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      Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center

Application for Arabic Academic Year Program

  For more info: Email arabic@sqcc.org/apply on spcc.org/classes  

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      Link to video

Interview with Michael Spath & Jeff Halper, “Towards a One Democratic State, Israel/Palestine"

  For more info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woIueJj6i84  

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      Link to video

Understanding US Military Funding to Israel, from webinar No Way to Treat a Child

  For more info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fszS3LKVsVg  

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      Link to video

Palestine Deep Dive, “Israel’s Election Lurch to the Far Right - What does this mean for Palestinians?”

Featuring: Ian Williams and Mark Seddon discuss Netanyahu’s return

  For more info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHuNqGvvpuQ  

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      Link to photos

Photos by Palestinian artists marking the Balfour Decision - “Promise of Heaven”

  For more info: https://www.palestinechronicle.com/promise-of-heaven-palestinian-artists-mark-the-balfour-declaration-photos/  

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      Link to video

Palestinian Deep Dive, “IHRA Antisemitism Definition Silences Palestinians”

  For more info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=if61SZjU8rE  

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      Link to video

Palestinian Deep Dive, “Palestinian Journalists are Reclaiming Their Right to Narrate”

  For more info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b4uy4mgLOQ  

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      Contact for details on position and application process

The Jerusalem Fund: position available - Program&Communications Manager

  For more info: https://thejerusalemfund.org/2022/10/job-announcement-program-communications-manager/  

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Rethinking Palestine-Latin American and Palestine

Featuring: Hussein Sameh joins host Yara Hawari to discuss the historical and contemporary relationships between Palestine and Latin America. They also touch on the latest wave of left-wing leadership in the region and its implications for the Palestinian liberation struggle.

  For more info: https://rethinkingpalestine.buzzsprout.com/1433386/11585906-latin-america-and-palestine-with-hussein-sameh  

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      Register to join

Sign up to Preach Palestine for Advent Season

Featuring: Commit to participate in Be Alert: Preach Palestine 2022 and join churches across the U.S. in uplifting the Palestinian struggle for liberation on Nov. 28th, the first Sunday in Advent, the day before the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, and the Sunday following Thanksgiving.

  For more info: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScxkGD_FoK3zA9SbIPeIEZqgwJVN_7eAQV7LULmpAai8iRFwQ/viewform  

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      Podcast

Publication of “Mother of Strangers” by Suad Amiry

Featuring: Mother of Strangers describes the price paid in human lives when exclusivist states are created violently. It is also the story of refugees around the globe—and there are so many of them today, fleeing war, poverty, gang violence, climate catastrophe—forced to abandon everything that roots them and to find their footing in an often hostile or at best indifferent world.

  For more info: https://www.wrmea.org/middle-east-books-and-more/mother-of-strangers-a-novel.html?mc_cid=b8757ccb63&mc_eid=a03c0f9ae4  

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      Email submissions to: jq@palestine-studies.org

Call for submissions and nominations for the Ibrahim Dakar Award for Outstanding Essay on Jerusalem

  For more info: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/1/#inbox/FMfcgzGqRZhVBQNTQvMfwDrJtqhksrhR  

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Discussion of Nadim Bawalsa’s new book “Transnational Palestine: Migration and The Right of Return before 1948”

  For more info: https://arabcenterdc.org/resource/transnational-palestine/  

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11/22/2022 2:00 PM: Register for webinar

Webinar discussion with Eric Altman on his new book “We Are Not One: A History of America’s Fight Over Israel”

Featuring: Alterman’s new book traces the debate in the United States about the fate of the state of Israel and Zionist movement.

  For more info: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_r6rGjY3sTRWpotg6DD-oqA?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=6651304d-61f7-4270-bb53-ae44bfb3d39c  

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11/23/2022 2:00 PM: Register to join

Coffee and a Column with Jim Zogby, “What the FBI Investigation Means for the US/Israel Relationship

  For more info: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUqf-ChqDMjGNLr-tmw_KHAUJwuBCfo8chk?emci=250c4ca7-a969-ed11-ade6-14cb65342cd2&emdi=66f602e2-ad69-ed11-ade6-14cb65342cd2&ceid=752519  

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11/24/2022 1:00 PM: Register for webinar

Webinar, “Culture x Conflict: Palestinian Cuisine as Anticolonial Resistance”

Featuring: Balfour Project presents Heather Massed, Isseldin Bukhai and Osama Qashoo in discussion.

  For more info: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_46zWz_RiRZmc_YT9j4nPhA  

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10/23-12/18/22 10:30 AM: Register for event information

Israel-Palestine Symposium 2022, The Struggle for Human Rights: from declaration to occupation first of 14 sessions

Featuring: For the third consecutive year, Partners for Progressive Israel will host a digital trip to Israel and Palestine over seven Sundays between October 23rd and December 18th. The Struggle for Human Rights: From Declaration to Occupation will examine Israel’s endeavor to live up to its commitment to human rights both at home and in the West Bank and Gaza.

  For more info: https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/WFY2wM9NK_cThs5JtkqU5g  

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11/29/2022 1:00 PM: Register for webinar

Wilson Center webinar, “The Road Ahead for I2U2: An American, Emirati, Israeli, and Indian Partnership”

Featuring: Undersecretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Jose Fernandez will share the US perspective and outlook on the I2U2 forum. After his remarks, The Middle East Program and the Asia Program will convene an expert panel to discuss the present and future of I2U2 and its regional context, particularly in light of great power competition and how the Abraham Accords paved the way for the formation of this new Quad.

  For more info: https://engage.wilsoncenter.org/a/road-ahead-i2u2-american-emirati-israeli-and-indian-partnership?utm_campaign=mep&utm_source=event&utm_medium=email&emci=906032a4-eb65-ed11-ade6-14cb65342cd2&emdi=944b24c2-7766-ed11-ade6-14cb65342cd2&ceid=130731  

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11/29/22 12:00 pm: Register to join

Webinar, “A Deadly Year for Palestinian Children”

Featuring: No Way To Treat a Child webinar will analyze Defense for Children documentation of situations in which Israeli forces have killed, detained and injured Palestinian children.

  For more info: https://nwttac.dci-palestine.org/nwttac_webinar_20221129?utm_campaign=nov_webinar_invitation&utm_medium=email&utm_source=dcipalestine  

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11/29/22 1:00 PM: Register for webinar

Webinar, “How to Act in Solidarity with The Palestinian People”

Featuring: Join a live discussion on what bold and active solidarity looks like with Mariam Barghouti, Iman Abid, moderated by USCPR Exec.Director Ahmad Abuznaid.

  For more info: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/7916680090507/WN_pT8M3ASySuyUHdtnmAPeew?emci=e7eabb4a-b969-ed11-ade6-14cb65342cd2&emdi=d4d7ee69-b969-ed11-ade6-14cb65342cd2&ceid=1624131  

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11/29/22 6:00 PM: RSVP to attend, Museum of the Palestinian People, 1900 18th St NW WDC 20009

Museum Tour and film screening of “Nails and the Uprising”

  For more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/museum-tour-and-film-screening-naila-and-the-uprising-tickets-467686983357?aff=odeimcmailchimp&mc_cid=98eddb629c&mc_eid=ef17e0816c  

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12/3/22: Please contact Rose Esper to RSVP

Join the Palestinian American Cultural Association and walk in annual Scottish Walk

  For more info: askandariya@aol.com  

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12/3/22-12/4/22 12:00-5:00 pm: 646 Independence Avenue SE, WDC 20003

JVP-DC Handmade Pottery Sale

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12/3/22-12/6/22: Register for event information

Online & In-Person (Omni Shoreham Hotel) J-Street Conference, "Living our Values, Defending Democracy"

Featuring: The year’s largest gathering of pro-peace, pro-Israel activists — and one of the most important, talked-about annual events in the worlds of foreign policy and progressive politics. This year promises to be as jam-packed and exciting as ever, with a lineup of star speakers, a look ahead at the crucial 2022 midterm elections and a critical Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill.

  For more info: https://jstreet.org/conference/?akid=308969.335917.3Ne0ao&rd=1&t=16#.YgG-YPXMLE1  

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12/3/22-12/14/22: Contact David Less Tours

Peacebuilding Tour with David Less and the Abrahamic Reunion

Featuring: Peacebuilding Tour of the Holy Land providing perspectives from peace builders on the ground in the Holy Land

  For more info: chris@davidlesstours.com  

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12/4/22 7:00 PM: 16 Pierce St NE, WDC 20002, register to attend

APF Atid Forum, “Prospects of a Two-States Solution in the New Netanyahu Era”

Featuring: IPF Atid D.C presents a briefing from Ido Dembin, Executive Director of the Israeli think tank Molad. Ido will talk to our community about how Netanyahu's new government will impact the prospects of a two-state solution in the near and long-term.

  For more info: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeBwbw_tgC8hJOp3Jr0VVoqOD5dYy8CYEfdEQlgQWo4Xffv1g/viewform  

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12/4/22: Register for event information

Webinar “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem-Palestinian Christians, Reality, Challenges&Prospects”

Featuring: Especially at Christmas, world’s fairy tale image of Bethlehem belies the real challenges facing the Palestinian Christians in the Holy Land

  For more info: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qU4X9BCcQgKdnWFmJBmK3g  

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12/11/22 3:00 PM: Register for event information

VFHL Online Film Salon: "Come and See: Go and Tell - Next Year in Palestine"

Featuring: Why do we travel, take tours, and make pilgrimages to the Holy Land? We see the antiquities, experience different cultures, and worship sacred sites while being welcomed and guided by people who live there. What are the ethical, political, and personal implications of a journey to holy sites surrounded by 30-foot-high concrete walls, where soldiers patrol the streets and residents live under military occupation? Three recent, short documentaries present a variety of voices, viewpoints, and visions of the Holy Land as offered by people living there today.

  For more info: https://tinyurl.com/VFHL-December2022  

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12/17/22:

Christmas Simulcast service with Bethlehem Christmas Lutheran Church

Featuring: Livestream from Bethlehem Christmas Lutheran Church and Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral

  For more info: Link TBA

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2/3/23-2/13/23: Beit Sahour, Ramallah, Rawabi, and Taybeh Brewery

"Keep Hope Alive Olive Tree Planting Trip"

Featuring: An opportunity to affirm Palestinian dignity, foster a sense of community and strengthen a commitment to work constructively toward peace-building.

  For more info: https://mcusercontent.com/5d6af22c768b84cc207e514bf/files/65fa7705-e79a-84a0-2b9e-ccdc8b75f414/Keep_Hope_Alive_Olive_Tree_Planting_Trip.pdf?mc_cid=ddb19a6bf5&mc_eid=9122b2f830  

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2/17/23-2/19/23: Register for event information

Arab American Foundation and the Kennedy Center present “Taking Back our Narrative”

Featuring: A celebration of Arab heritage highlighting performances, art and film.

  For more info: https://www.arabamerica.com/arab-america-foundation-announces-collaboration-with-the-john-f-kennedy-center-for-the-performing-arts-taking-back-our-narrative-to-debut-february-17-19-2023/  

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March 2023: Contact Karen Paul for details

Americans for Peace Now dual-narrative tour of Israel, Palestine and Morocco

Featuring: The tour will combine the traditional elements with new, exciting programming that takes advantage of MEJDI Tours' expertise. Meet Israeli and Palistinian elected leaders and other officials at the Knesset and In Ramallah, andPalistinians in East Jerusalem, Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan.

  For more info: kpaul@peacenow.org  

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3/16/23: Register for event information

NEW DATE: MEI's 76th Annual Gala & Awards Ceremony

Featuring: A unique opportunity to bring hundreds of business, government, NGO, and thought leaders together for one night in celebration of outstanding individuals who are making a meaningful impact in the Middle East

  For more info: http://www.mei.edu/gala  

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June 11-24 2023:

“Living Stones” Tour of Palestine-Israel with Dr Michael Spath

Featuring: Dr. Spath is founder of the Indiana Center for Middle East Peace https://indianacmep.org/

  For more info: lmichaelspath@gmail.com

 

SPOTLIGHT ON THE HOLY LAND

  • ABOUT VFHL & HOW ONLINE FILM SALONS OPERATE
  • PLACES & PEOPLE FROM PAST FILM SALONS
  • FILM SALONS COMING UP IN 2021
  • LET’S HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS

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ABOUT VFHL AND HOW FILM SALONS OPERATE

Voices from the Holy Land is a coalition of over one hundred interfaith (Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Quaker, and Unitarian) and interdenominational organizations.  Since the 51-day Gaza bombing in 2014 VFHL has sponsored film presentations at physical locations around the Washington, D.C. area.  It had also started spin-off series in six other cities. After most in-person gatherings were closed in March 2020, VFHL turned to an online format.  Each month registrants receive a link to watch a film at their convenience. Then, on an assigned Sunday at 3 pm/EST registrants gather via a Zoom link to join with panelists to discuss the film followed by 'Breakout' rooms where smaller gatherings discuss the film.    See an archive of our film events.

 

PLACES & PEOPLE FROM PAST FILM SALONS

(Watch recordings of all VFHL Online Film Salons]

     Obaida  Jawabra, 17, shot dead by IDF on May 17, 2021

In Matthew Cassel’s documentary Obaida, shown at our December 2020 Online Film Salon  [https://bit.ly/3gVTol5 ], then 15-year-old Obaida spoke about his daily fear of the Israeli military as he travelled to school.  Like thousands of Palestinian children in the West Bank who are detained or imprisoned under Israeli military law, Obaida had already been imprisoned on four separate occasions for allegedly throwing stones.  In May he was shot dead by the IDF in the al-Arroub refugee camp located near the occupied West Bank city of Hebron. Obaida was shot in the chest, and witnesses say Israeli soldiers blocked an ambulance from reaching the teenager.  https://bit.ly/3qrJevA

Israeli  authority plans housing development on the “Ruins of Lifta”

In The Ruins of Lifta, Menachem Daum’s documentary shown at our October 2020 Online Film Salon, the filmmaker discovers that his views about Israel/Palestine may have been distorted by his parents’ Holocaust experiences. Lifta, the only Arab village abandoned in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war that has not been completely destroyed or repopulated by Jews, is now threatened by an Israeli development plan that would convert it into an upscale Jewish neighborhood.  The Israeli land authority is seeking bids for the construction of 259 buildings as well as commercial and business units, including a luxury hotel at the ruins. Lifta was declared as one of 25 endangered sites on the 2018 World Monuments Watch list. It also appears on UNESCO’s tentative list of World Heritage Sites, which has led to threats from Netanyahu that Israel would withdraw from UNESCO. ,https://bit.ly/3wW3kAs

 

Muna and Mohammed El-Kurd face eviction from their Sheik Jarrah home

In Rebekah Wingert-Jabi’s 2011 short film Home Front: Portraits From Sheik Jarrah shown at our May 2021 online salon [https://bit.ly/35Tbe1B] we met Mohammed El-Kurd, then a Palestinian teenager forced to give up half his home in Sheik Jarrah to Israeli settlers. In May 2021 the Israeli court’s impending ruling to uphold evictions of families in Sheik Jarrah
in part triggered the 11-day exchange of hostilities between Hamas and Israel. Despite the ceasefire that followed, Mohammed El-Kurd and his neighbors continue to face eviction
in the East Jerusalem Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.
 On June 6, 2021 Mohammed and
his twin sister Muna, now prominent Palestinian activists fighting the proposed evictions, were detained by the Israeli police for several hours.
https://reut.rs/3A0Kzh7

 

    “We All Live in Gaza” plans screening in Washington, D.C

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Description automatically generated                                                                                                                                                                                           Maurice Jacobsen, Director/Producer of We All Live in Gaza www.we-gaza.com shown at our February 2021 online salon, is adding a prequel and epilogue to the final edited film to reflect events in Gaza in May of this year.  Upon completion of the final edit, a premiere screening, along with a display of Gaza artwork, is being planned for an outdoor presentation in Sept. on the Washington, DC Capitol Mall.  The documentary will then be entered for festival and theatrical distribution. 

 http://www.studioresolution.net/projects

 

 

 


 

FILM SALONS COMING UP IN THE 3RD QUARTER 2021

 

In July VFHL will highlight Gaza Fights for Freedom, Abby Martin’s film about the Great March of Return protests between March 2018 and December 2019. 

The Q&A discussion is scheduled for July 11 at 3 pm EDT/12 noon PDT with producer Abby Martin and Issa Adwan, Gaza Coordinator for We Are Not Numbers.

 

This event is co-sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee.

Watch the trailer here:  tinyurl.com/FreedomTrailer


 

In August VFHL will highlight Stitching Palestine. Twelve resilient, determined and articulate Palestinian women from disparate walks of life recall their memories of life before the Diaspora, their dispossession and their unwavering determination that justice will prevail. Their narratives are connected by the enduring thread of the ancient art of embroidery.

The Q&A discussion is scheduled for August 15, 2021 at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT with producer Carol Mansour.

 

This event is co-sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help –St. Louis 

 

Watch the trailer here: tinyurl.com/StitchingTrailer

 

In September VFHL will highlight Valentino’s Ghost, which explores the ways in which America's foreign policy agenda in the Middle East drives the U.S. media's portrayals of Arabs and Muslims. 

The Q&A discussion is scheduled for September 12, 2021 at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT with filmmaker Michael Singh.

This event is co-sponsored by Arab America News

Watch the trailer here: tinyurl.com/ValentinoTrailer

 

LET’S HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS

We would love to know what you’d like to learn from future newsletters or future online film salons.  Contact us through the links below.

Any documentaries to suggest? ♦ Any topics/themes you’d like us to consider? ♦ Any panelist or moderator you’d like to hear from? ♦ Would you like to help us to select films, organize screenings or publicize?

Visit us :     voicesfromtheholyland.org
 

Join us:       Facebook.com/voicesholyland
 

Reach us:    vfhlonlinefilmsalon@gmail.com

 

A Short Bibliography on

Israel & Palestine

 

This bibliography is meant as a starting point, a listing of books that some have found useful in seeking to better understand the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis

 

People at the birth of modern Israel, the human side of the story, a good starting place

 

Elias Chacour, Blood Brothers

Father Elias Chacour is a Catholic priest and the Archbishop of the Melkite Church in Israel. Born in a village in the Galilee, he and his family were expelled in 1948 as part of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine by Zionist forces. Father Chacour has stayed in Israel, devoting himself to peace through the education of Palestinian children and working for reconciliation between Palestinians and Jews. This is the memoir of an extraordinary man

Tolan, Sandy, The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East

The histories of two families, a Bulgarian Jewish family that barely escapes the Holocaust and a Palestinian family forced to flee their home during the establishment of the state of Israel, bound together in a house lived in and loved by both.  Meticulous endnotes anchor the human narration firmly in the history and events of the time.

 

Historical works

 

Gershom Gorenberg, The Accidental Empire

An essential and well-written book. An Israeli journalist and historian, Gorenberg recaps Zionist History as the preamble to conditions that set up the Occupation of the Palestinian territories post-1967. He then tells the whole tragic story of fanaticism, political cowardice, and failed opportunities. A unique and courageous window into Israeli society and politics.

Ilan Pappe, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

Pappe is an Israeli historian. He is among a group of Jewish revisionist historians called the “New Historians” who have documented the actual actions of Zionist and then Israeli forces at the time of the founding of the State of Israel. This book relies greatly on material from Israeli military archives.  It is often emotionally difficult to get through.

Allis & Ronald Rodash,  A Safe Haven: Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel. 

This book studies the politics and decision making process that led President Truman to support the founding of the modern state of Israel.

Avi Shlaim, The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World since 1948

Shlaim,  Jewish revisionist historian and professor at Oxford, covers in detail relations between Israel and the Arabs from Israel's 1948 War of Independence to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In doing so, he shatters the “David vs. Goliath” view of the conflict so common among Israelis and the West.  Criticized for being too simplistic in presenting Arab side of the conflict.

Jewish experience:

 

Alice RothchildBroken Promises, Broken Dreams: Stories of Jewish and Palestinian Trauma and Resilience

Dr. Rothchild, a medical doctor who worked throughout the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem shares what she witnessed there and carefully describes how her views evolved because of what she saw.

Brant Rosen, Wrestling in the Daylight: A Rabbi’s Path to Palestinian Solidarity

Shocked by what he read about the 2008 Israeli military campaign in Gaza, American Rabbi Rosen began to publically question his long held "liberal Zionist" beliefs in his blog Shalom Rav.

Miko Peled. The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine

In 1997, a tragedy struck the family of Israeli-American Miko Peled: His beloved niece Smadar was killed by a suicide bomber. That tragedy propelled Peled onto a journey of discovery. It pushed him to re-examine many of the beliefs he had grown up with, as the son and grandson of leading figures in Israel’s political-military elite.

 

Other

Jimmy Carter, Peace Not Apartheid, and We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land

The former president reflects on the actions necessary to bring a true peace to a troubled region he knows well.

Mitri Raheb, I am a Palestinian Christian

Pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem, he conveys an “active hope” even through the long Israeli military occupation.

Phyllis Benni’, Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer

Helpful to those who want to know the basic story of the conflict. She provides a great deal of information in a very short book – unfiltered by ideological lenses. This is an excellent book for someone who wants a brief but thorough overview.

Rashid Khalidi, Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. has Undermined Peace in the Middle East

Dr. Khalidi has written a relatively short, readable and frankly depressing overview of the more than 35 years of U.S. diplomacy in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The noted Columbia University historian provides important empirical evidence and sobering analysis that shatters the mythology that the United States has a genuine desire for a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Dr. Naim Ateek, Justice and only Justice: A Palestinian Theology of Liberation

This work sets the biblical foundation for Palestine’s liberation theology movement. Dr. Ateek is the Canon of St. George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem and founder of Sabeel, an ecumenical and international organization committed to shedding light on the occupation and providing a Christian nonviolent response to it

SELECTED DOCUMENTARY FILMS

 

Voices Across the Divide - 57 min. Filmmaker Alice Rothchild is an American Jew raised on the tragedies of the Holocaust and the dream of a Jewish homeland in Israel. The film follows her personal journey as she begins to understand the Palestinian narrative while exploring the Palestinian experience of loss, occupation, statelessness, and immigration to the US. The documentary is both a personal journey to understand the Palestinian narrative as well as the implications and contradictions of deeply held cultural beliefs in the Jewish community. Rothchild interviews those who participated in the Nakba – and those affected by it.

Budrus (2009) - 70 min. Budrus is an award-winning feature documentary film about a Palestinian community organizer, Ayed Morrar, who unites local Fatah and Hamas members along with Israeli supporters in an unarmed movement to save his village of Budrus from destruction by Israel’s Separation Barrier

Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land (2004) - 80 min. This video shows how the foreign policy interests of American political elites-working in combination with Israeli public relations stratgies-influence US news reporting about the Middle East conflict. Combining American and British TV news clips with observations of analysts, journalists and political activists, Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land provides a brief historical overview, a striking media comparison, and an examination of factors that have distorted U.S. media coverage and, in turn, American public opinion.

With God On Our Side (2010) - 82 min. With God On Our Side takes a hard look at the theology and politics of Christian Zionism, which teaches that because the Jews are God's chosen people, Israeli government policies should not be questioned, even when these policies are unjust.

Life in Occupied Palestine - 55 min. Anna Baltzer, a Jewish-American Columbia graduate and Fulbright scholar, presents her discoveries as a volunteer with the International Women's Peace Service in the West Bank, documenting human rights abuses and supporting Palestinian-led nonviolent resistance to the Occupation. Baltzer's presentation provides those interested in the Israel/ Palestine conflict with critical information and documentation that can be difficult to obtain through mainstream Western media sources, and to encourage dialog towards taking action on the issue. Topics discussed include checkpoints, settlements, Israeli activism, Zionism, 1948 War & refugees, censorship, the Wall, the ongoing annexation of Palestinian land, and the almost unbearable living conditions under the occupation.

Little Town of Bethlehem (2010) - 75 min. The documentary shares the gripping story of three men, born into violence, willing to risk everything to bring an end to violence in their lifetime. A Christian, a Muslim, and a Jew-shaped by events of their Palestinian and Israeli upbringing-find inspiration in the words and actions of Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi. Sami, Ahmad, and Yonatan believe that violence can indeed be stopped but recognize their own struggles will remain. Yet they will struggle together to discover a common humanity through non-violent action. In the city of Bethlehem where it is said God became man, these men stand alongside others whose central desire is to be accepted and treated as fully human.Their story brings fresh hope to the ongoing conflict between Palestine and Israel while taking a stand against violence throughout the world.

The People and the Olive - 70 min. What do olive trees mean to Palestinian farmers? Olives are their livelihood, their source of sustenance and the way they root themselves, historically and spiritually, to the land. But Palestinians are denied access to nearly 30 percent of their beloved olive trees in the West Bank as they struggle to live under Israeli military occupation. How do they persevere? And what should the international community understand about Palestinian olive farmers, who love their land and harvest it every season to feed their families — just as farmers across the world do?

On the Side of the Road -             103 min. Filmmaker Lia Tarachansky is a Jew who was born in Kiev. When she was six her family moved to the Ariel settlement in the West Bank. Her mother wanted to contribute to Zionism, Lia said. Tarachansky turns the camera on herself as she revisits settlements and interviews current residents. She says her goal is just to examine and narrate.

Occupation Has No Future - 84 min. Through conversations with Israeli conscientious objectors, former soldiers, and Palestinians living under occupation, Occupation Has No Future creates a survey of the current atmosphere in Israel and the West Bank. The film explores the Israeli social environment that creates heightened militarism and leads to fear and aggression; and examines the consequences of Israeli policies for the Palestinian people as well as for Israeli civil society. Additionally, this documentary looks at the Israeli anti-militarist movement and Israeli youth refusing conscription, refusing orders, and partnering with a growing grassroots Palestinian campaign of civil disobedience against the occupation

Checkpoint - 80 min. Documentary filmmaker Yoav Shamir's depiction of the checkpoints that the Israel Defense Forces man in the Palestinian Authority.

Defamation (2009) - 101 min. Intent on shaking up the ultimate 'sacred cow' for Jews, Israeli director Yoav Shamir embarks on a provocative - and at times irreverent - quest to answer the question, "What is anti-Semitism today?"

Encounter Point  - 85 min. Film follows a former Israeli settler, a Palestinian ex-prisoner, a bereaved Israeli mother and a wounded Palestinian bereaved brother who risk their lives and public standing to promote a nonviolent end to the conflict. Their journeys lead them to the unlikeliest places to confront hatred within their communities. The film explores what drives them and thousands of other like-minded civilians to overcome anger and grief to work for grassroots solutions

Occupation 101: Voices of the Silenced Majority  - 90 min. A thought-provoking and powerful documentary film on the current and historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and U.S. political involvement.

Five Broken Cameras  - 90 min. When his fourth son, Gibreel, is born, Emad, a Palestinian villager, gets his first camera. In his village, Bil'in, a separation barrier is being built and the villagers start to resist this decision. For more than five years, Emad films the struggle, which is led by two of his best friends, alongside filming how Gibreel grows. Very soon it affects his family and his own life. Daily arrests and night raids scare his family; his friends, brothers and himself are either shot or arrested. One Camera after another is shot at or smashed, each camera tells a part of his story.

Living under the Occupation: Daily Life in Occupied Palestine - 27 min. A film made by EFA MEPs (Members of the European Parliament) François Alfonsi, Jill Evans and Ana Miranda during their visit to the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Promises (2002) -106 min. Several Jewish and Palestinian children are followed for three years and put in touch with each other, in this alternative look at the Jewish-Palestinian conflict. The three filmmakers followed a group of seven local children between 1995 and 1998. These seven children tell their own story about growing up in Jerusalem. When the protagonists speak out in an epilogue a couple of years later, it becomes apparent that all have lost their childlike innocence.

Salt of the Earth: Palestinian Christians in the Northern West Bank (2004) - 193 min. Marthame and Elizabeth Sanders lived in the Christian Palestinian village of Zababdeh from August, 2000, through December, 2003. Volunteers with the Presbyterian Church (USA), their ministry was one of ecumenical support to the Church in the land of its birth. The film documents the lives of nine Palestinian Christians living in the northern West Bank. This film grew out of a desire among their Palestinian neighbors to share their stories, and a desire among Christians in the West to hear them. The Sanders describe the project as "a labor of love, a response to the graciousness, warmth, hospitality, and welcome we received from our Palestinian neighbors and colleagues."

The Colour of Olives - 97 min. Like many Palestinian families, the Amers live surrounded by the infamous West Bank Wall where their daily lives are dominated by electrified fences, locks and a constant swarm of armed soldiers.  Constructed with a combination of verité scenes and re-enactments, this poignant and richly crafted film offers its audience a much needed opportunity to reflect on the effects of racial segregation, the meaning of borders and the absurdity of war.

The Gatekeepers - 101 min. A documentary featuring interviews with all surviving former heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency whose activities and membership are closely held state secrets

The Law In These Parts (2013) - 105 min. What is legal and what is just? The wide gap between the two is explored meticulously by this Israeli investigation of the legal structure created after the 1967 Six Days War, specifically to treat the West Bank and Gaza Strip as occupied territories. Speaking with some of Israel’s most respected lawyers and judges – men who helped to craft and later interpret these laws – filmmaker Ra’anan Alexandrowicz asks tough, pointed questions and gets even tougher answers. He asks his subjects to consider the consequences of their actions in a highly politicized environment. This documentary takes the position that unjust laws create unjust realities. Laws that everyone admits are not perfect but are the best that can be done under difficult circumstances may result in tragedy for everyone: both the judges and the judged.This film is winner of the Best Documentary Award at the Sundance and Jerusalem Film Festivals.

It's Better to Jump - 75 min. There is a centuries-old seawall in the ancient port of Akka, located on Israel's northern coast. Today, Akka is a modern city inhabited by Muslims, Christians, Jews, and Baha'i, but its history goes all the way back to rule of the Egyptian Pharaohs. Young people dare to stand atop the 40' one-meter thick block structure and risk their fate by jumping into the roiling sea. This perilous tradition has continued for many generations, and has become a rite of passage for the children of Akka. "It's Better to Jump" is about the ancient walled city of Akka as it undergoes harsh economic pressures and vast social change. The film focuses on the aspirations and concerns of the Palestinian inhabitants who call the Old City home.

Home Front – Portraits From Sheikh Jarrah - Getting beyond the sensational headlines and broad generalizations that normally dominate discussions of Jerusalem, Home Front captures voices rarely heard, of those struggling to stop settlement expansion in East Jerusalem and build a future of pluralism and equality in the city. Featuring the accounts of a Palestinian teenager forced to give up half his home to Israeli settlers, an American-born Israeli mother who gets drawn into the demonstrations after her children’s arrest, a Palestinian community organizer who brings local women to the forefront of the struggle, and a veteran of the Israeli army who becomes one of the campaign’s leaders, Home Front chronicles the resolve of a neighborhood, and the support it receives from the most unexpected of places.

Censored Voices - The 1967 'Six-Day' war ended with Israel's decisive victory; conquering Jerusalem, Gaza, Sinai and the West Bank. It is a war portrayed, to this day, as a righteous undertaking - a radiant emblem of Jewish pride. One week after the war, a group of young kibbutzniks, led by renowned author Amos Oz, recorded intimate conversations with soldiers returning from the battlefield. The recording revealed an honest look at the moment Israel turned from David to Goliath. The Israeli army censored the recordings, allowing the kibbutzniks to publish only a fragment of the conversations. 'Censored Voices' reveals the original recordings for the first time.

Teaching Ignorance - 2015, 52 Minutes. This powerful film follows several Israeli and Palestinian teachers over the course of an academic year. It asks: How do the Palestinian, Israeli Arab, and Israeli Jewish educational systems teach the history of their peoples? By observing teachers, the film shows us their exchanges and confrontations with students as they transmit the values of religion, politics, and nationalism in the classroom. In Teaching Ignorance, educators from all sides of the conflict debate their peoples’ official curriculum, wrestling with is restrictions. This film offers an intimate glimpse into the profound and long-lasting effect that the Israeli/Palestinian conflict transmits to the next generation.

 

INTERNET RESOURCES

 

Church-Related Resources

Episcopal Diocese of Washington Companion Diocese Committee for Jerusalem www.edow.org/ministries/overseas/jerusalem/

Episcopal Peace Fellowship/Palestine Israel Network: http://epfnational.org/PIN

Episcopal Public Policy Network: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/eppn

The Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem: http://www.j-diocese.org/.Kids4Peace: http://www.k4p.org

American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem: http://www.afedj.org

American Friends Service Committee: http://www.afsc.org/office/palestine

Churches for Middle East Peace: www.cmep.org

World Council of Churches: http://www.oikoumene.org (search “Middle East”)

Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel – US: http://www.eappi-us.org/

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: http://www.elca.org/middleeast/,

Peace Not Walls http://www.elca.org/Our-Faith-In-Action/Justice/Peace-Not-Walls.aspx

Presbyterian Church (USA), Israel Palestine Mission Network: http://www.theipmn.org/

United Methodist Kairos Response: https://www.kairosresponse.org

 

Resources (Washington DC)

The following organizations host numerous interesting events related to Israel and Palestine:

Foundation for Middle East Peace: http://www.fmep.org/

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: http://www.carnegieendowment.org/events/

Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University: http://ccas.georgetown.edu/

The Jerusalem Fund: http://www.thejerusalemfund.org/

New America Foundation:http://www.newamerica.net/

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars: http://www.wilsoncenter.org/

 

News, Blogs

      Electronic Intifada http://electronicintifada.net/

Ha’aretz (Israeli daily): http://www.haaretz.com/ (subscription)

Institute for Middle East Understanding: http://imeu.net/

Ma’an News Agency: http://www.maannews.net/eng/

M.J. Rosenberg: http://mjayrosenberg.com

Palestine Monitor: http://www.palestinemonitor.org

Philip Weiss: http://mondoweiss.net/

Rabbi Brian Walt: http://rabbibrian.wordpress.com/

This Week in Palestine (monthly): http://www.thisweekinpalestine.com/

Tikun Olam: http://www.richardsilverstein.com/

 

More Information

      Adalah (Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israeli): http://www.adalah.org/eng/

Americans for Peace Now: http://www.peacenow.org

B’tselem (Israeli Info. Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories): http://www.btselem.org

Friends of Sabeel, North America: http://www.fosna.org

Jewish Voice for Peace: http://jewishvoiceforpeace.org/

Kairos Palestine: http://www.kairospalestine.ps/Kairos USA: http://www.kairosusa.org

Miftah: http://www.miftah.org/

Tent of Nations: http://www.fotonna.org

US Campaign for Palestinian Rights: http://uscpr.org/

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs: http://www.ochaopt.org/

Who Profits?: www.whoprofits.org

      Zochrot: www.zochrot.org/en