No issue may be more contentious or more misunderstood than the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Hatred, fear, religion, politics, propaganda, media misinformation, and decades of cyclical violence has made understanding the roots of this conflict (not to mention finding potential solutions to it) seemingly impossible. But if we're to ever see reconciliation for the people suffering on both sides, it seems as though we all have a responsibility to try to fully understand what is happening there, why it is happening, and speak up for solutions that could offer some path to reconciliation and lasting peace.
With so much misinformation and bias in the mass media, sharing accurate information that simply corrects this misinformation is a powerful first step towards a dialog that can make a difference. These videos and documentaries have been chosen with that aim.
There is no doubt many excellent films have been left out, as there are dozens on the subject to choose from. FOPN welcomes your film suggestions, send to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Israel & Palestine: A very short introduction” is an animated video from Jewish Voice for Peace which gives a very quick look at the conflict for those new to the issue. Easy to understand, JVP's historically accurate mini- primer about why Israelis and Palestinians are fighting, why the US-backed peace process has been an impediment to peace, and what you can do to make a difference. This conflict is essentially about land and human rights, not religion and culture. - 6:27 mins
Former Israeli Minister Shulamit Aloni interviewed by American Journalist Amy Goodman on Democracy Now, "Anti-semitic, its a trick we always use it." - 1:21 mins
A Land in Fragments (2012)
Quick introduction to the fragmentation of occupied territory that prohibits a Palestinian state and a peaceful resolution of the conflict.
AFSC/American Friends Service Committee
- 2:00 mins
American Religious Perspective
With God On Our Side (2010) takes a look at the theology of Christian Zionism, which teaches that because the Jews are God’s chosen people, they have a divine right to the land of Israel. Aspects of this belief system lead some Christians in the West to give uncritical support to Israeli government policies, even those that privilege Jews at the expense of Palestinians, leading to great suffering among Christian and Muslim Palestinians alike.
- 1 hr 21 mins
Mass Media Analysis
Peace, Propaganda And The Promised Land (2004) Provides a striking comparison of U.S. & international media coverage of the crisis in the Middle East, zeroing in on how structural distortions in U.S. coverage have reinforced false perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This film exposes how the interests of American political elites work in combination with Israeli public relations strategies to exercise a powerful influence over how news is reported. 1 hr 19 mins
Jewish American Perspective
Life in Occupied Palestine (2009)
Anna Baltzer, a Jewish American, gives her eyewitness perspectives on average citizens living in occupied Palestine. Baltzer spent 5 months in the West Bank working with the International Women's Peace Service. Her presentation highlights how the Israeli government's policies have drastically and negatively affected normal Palestinian life, and how this perspective has been omitted from most news outlets in America. - 58:00 mins
Big Picture Perspective
Palestine Is Still The Issue (2002)
In a series of extraordinary interviews with both Palestinians and Israelis, John Pilger weaves together the issue of Palestine. He speaks to the families of suicide bombers and their victims; he sees the humiliation of Palestinians imposed on them at myriad checkpoints and with a permit system not dissimilar to apartheid South Africa's infamous pass laws. (Written by Ørnås from imdb.com.) - 52:49 mins
American Political Analysis
The Israeli Lobby (2007)
Is the pro-Israel lobby so strong, financially and politically, that the U.S. relationship with Israel is taboo and therefore unmentionable? And what happens to those who dare expose the unmentionable? In 2006 the American political scientists John Mearsheimer (University of Chicago) and Steve Walt (Harvard) published the controversial article 'The Israel Lobby and US foreign policy'. (Subtitles) - 50:34 mins
Perspective on Modern Zionism
Louis Theroux: Ultra Zionists (2011)
Louis Theroux spends time with a small and very committed subculture of ultra-nationalist Jewish settlers. He discovers a group of people who consider it their religious and political obligation to populate some of the most sensitive and disputed areas of the West Bank, especially those with a spiritual significance dating back to the Bible.
- 58:22 mins
Israeli Peace Activist Insight
Israel Vs. Israel (2010)
This edition of Report on Palestine/Israel airs the award-winning, Swedish documentary “Israel vs. Israel.” It portrays four Israelis who are resisting their country’s military occupation of and settler-colonial regime in the Palestinian territories: Jonathan Pollak from Anarchists Against the Wall, Yehuda Shaul from Breaking the Silence, Ronny Perlmann from Machsom Watch and Arik Ascherman from Rabbis for Human Rights.
- 57:57 mins
Palestine Peace Activist Insight
Budrus: It Takes a Village to Unite the Most Divided People on Earth (2010)
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.
- 1 hr 22 mins
Historical Review of Zionism
The Zionist Story (2009)
The Zionist Story, an independent film by Ronen Berelovich, is the story of ethnic cleansing, colonialism and apartheid to produce a demographically Jewish State. Ronen successfully combines archival footage with commentary from himself and others such as Ilan Pappe, Terry Boullata, Alan Hart and Jeff Halper. - 1 hr 15 mins
Intimate Portrait of Ordinary Lives
5 Broken Cameras (2011) Screened To Israeli Youth
5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil'in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Here 5 Broken Cameras is screened to Israeli youth and they share the films impact on them. - 8:45 mins
Freedom & Justice: Keys to Peace in Palestine/Israel.
Author and Activist Miko Peled, son of an Israeli general and grandson of a signer of the Israeli Declaration of Independence, has become an advocate of Palestinisn rights. Peled chronicles how his views transformed from the Zionism of his childhood to unabashed support for Palestinian rights after his niece Smadar was killed by a suicide bomber. Peled spoke at United University Methodist Church in Syracuse, NY. - 1 hr 27 mins
Israel Attacks American Ship
USS Liberty Dead In The Water
(BBC Documentary 2002)
On June 8, 1967, US Navy intelligence ship USS Liberty was brutally attacked in international waters by the air and naval forces of Israel. The Israeli forces attacked with full knowledge that this was an American ship and lied about it. Survivors have been forbidden for 40 years to tell their story under oath to the American public. Thirty four Americans were killed in the attack and 174 were wounded.
- 1 hr 8 mins
Israel's Bomb: A Radioactive Taboo
The Israeli bomb is an open secret - but an official state secret at the same time. Israel is one of four nuclear-armed countries not recognized as a Nuclear Weapons State by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the others being India, Pakistan and North Korea. This film reveals how Israel covertly build up a nuclear arsenal while simultaneously denying its existence. - 51:00 mins
Child Abuse & Torture
Stone Cold Justice (2014)
Australian film on Israel’s torture of Palestinian children - ‘Stone Cold Justice’ documents how Palestinian children, who have been arrested and detained by Israeli forces, are subjected to physical abuse, torture and forced into false confessions and intimidated into gathering intelligence on Palestinian activists. The film has sparked an international outcry about Israel's treatment of children in Israeli jails.
- 45:00 mins
Settler Violence Toward Children
One of the most dangerous school journeys in the world. For more than a decade Palestinian children from Tuba Village require a military escort to protect them from being attacked by Israeli settlers. Shot by video journalist Camilla Schick in Palestine (@camjourno). - 2:32 mins
Children Denied An Education
Secret Hebron: The School Run, by Donna Bailllie (2003), reveals the dangers of travelling to school for young Palestinian children from the H2 section of Hebron, in the West Bank. It shows the children's encounters with armed soldiers, who regularly stopped the children from going to school, often using tear gas and rubber bullets against them, and the children's attempts to avoid them.