EDUCATIONAL BOOKS, FILMS, AND WEBSITES
Philo, Greg, and Mike Berry. (2004). Bad News from Israel . The authors are members of a media research group that conducted a thorough examination of media coverage in the UK of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, looking not only at the kind of news covered, or not covered, but also at the public response, particularly the general public ignorance of the true situation. Purchase a copy HERE. ISBN 9780745320618. This book was followed up by 2011’s More Bad News from Israel.
Barghouti, Omar. (2011). BDS: Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights. Barghouti, a human rights activist and co-founder of the Palestinian BDS movement, argues for a rights-based BDS campaign to halt Israel’s occupation and apartheid practices. Purchase a copy HERE. ISBN 1608461149.
Morris, Benny. (1987). The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem, 1947-1949. Morris is the most prominent of the so-called “new” or “revisionist” Israeli historians, who have put forth a more honest, less adulatory history of Israel’s creation, and this book was the first groundbreaking study of the events of 1948 leading to the Palestinians’ dispossession. Although in later years Morris proved to be very anti-Palestinian, this is an objective study, based on declassified material from Israeli military archives, of why Palestinians fled what became Israel during the 1948 war. Morris demonstrates that Palestinians did not, as the popular myth has it, leave Palestine voluntarily so that Arab armies could “sweep the Jews into the sea,” but fled in fear of fighting around them and in many instances were forcibly expelled by Israeli forces. ISBN 0521338891.
Budrus (78 minutes) 2009. Budrus is a good follow-up to Little Town of Bethlehem, listed below, as it deals with the story of a small West Bank farming village that uses nonviolent resistance to get the route of the Israeli Wall changed. The DVD documents what many people believe to be unlikely, if not impossible: the bringing together of various, often contentious, ideological camps, including Fatah and Hamas; engaging Israeli supporters and welcoming them as they crossed into Palestinian territory to join the effort ; and encouraging leadership by women. Website: http://www.justvision.org/en/budrus
Encounter Point (85 minutes) 2006. This is a documentary film that 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.Website: http://www.justvision.org/encounterpoint
5 Broken Cameras (90 minutes) 2013. Directed by an amateur Palestinian videographer and an Israeli filmmaker, this is a personal first-hand account of years of nonviolent resistance in the Palestinian West Bank village of Bil’in, threatened by an expanding Israeli settlement. Palestinian villager Imad Burnat filmed the village’s weekly protests against the encroachment of the Israeli settlement and the Separation Wall being built through village land and, in the course, of filming lost five video cameras to Israeli military violence. The film was nominated for an Academy Award in 2013.