In Search of Palestine – Edward Said’s Return Home (BBC)
Uploaded on Nov 17, 2011
“For Palestinian expatriate Edward Said, the return to his homeland amounted to a painful inquiry into his past. This program captures the interconnection between Said’s personal recollections and the shared memory of the Palestinian people. Far from ignoring the contemporary realities of the Middle East, Said’s perspective relates the ruins of history to the complacent and destructive policies of present-day governments, and delivers a powerful articulation of the weaknesses of the Oslo accords. His intellectual legacy provides valuable insight into the circumstances of the second intifada, as well as the faint steps toward peace that have followed. A BBCW Production.”
Made back in 1998. The film was, as far as I know, never showed on U.S. television.
(I DARE YOU TO WATCH!!!) The Truth About the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict
Published on Dec 12, 2014
Author I.D. Campbell exposes the truth about the Palestinian/Israeli conflict like never before. If you want to know the actual origin of the conflict, if you want to know the real perpetrators of war crimes, if you want to know who are the pioneers and most successful modern day terrorists, I DARE YOU TO WATCH THIS VIDEO. You will never view this conflict the same again.
Published on Monday, 23 June 2014 16:19
By Nassar Ibrahim and Bisan Mitri.
Occupied Palestine and Syrian Golan Heights Advocacy Initiative (OPGAI) has published a magazine featuring 10 articles on several aspects of the conflict over land in Palestine, hoping that this will allow the readers to become more aware of the Palestinian history and identity, such awareness is important for the continuous struggle for and protection of the land of Palestine, as the struggle is still going and history is yet to make the final judgment.
“There are people (the Arabs, Editor’s Note) who control spacious territories teeming with manifest and hidden resources. They dominate the intersections of world routes. Their lands were the cradles of human civilizations and religions. These people have one faith, one language, one history and the same aspirations. No natural barriers can isolate these people from one another … if, per chance, this nation were to be unified into one state, it would then take the fate of the world into its hands and would separate Europe from the rest of the world. Taking these considerations seriously, a foreign body should be planted in the heart of this nation to prevent the convergence of its wings in such a way that it could exhaust its powers in never-ending wars. It could also serve as a springboard for the West to gain its coveted objects.”
From the Campbell-Bannerman Report, 1907
“Imperialist Britain called for forming a higher committee of seven European countries. The report submitted in 1907 to British Prime Minister Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman emphasized that the Arab countries and the Muslim-Arab people living in the Ottoman Empire presented a very real threat to European countries, and it recommended the following actions:
1. To promote disintegration, division, and separation in the region.
2. To establish artificial political entities that would be under the authority of the imperialist countries.
3. To fight any kind of unity—whether intellectual, religious or historical —and taking practical measures to divide the region’s inhabitants.
4. To achieve this, it was proposed that a “buffer state” be established in Palestine, populated by a strong, foreign presence that would be hostile to its neighbours and friendly to European countries and their interests.” (From the Campbell-Bannerman Report, 1907)
Campbell’s report that we have referred to is one of the most important and most dangerous documents that clearly indicate to the major role of the Zionist project as a pillar of the colonial project that aimed at dividing the Arab world, control its resources and the ruling political systems.
Having identified functions and roles of the Zionist project, the colonial powers began to search for justification to turn this project into a political reality. And the 1916 Sykes – Picot agreement and later on the Belfour Declaration of November 1917 followed by the British Mandate overPalestinein 1922 were all attempts towards bringing the Zionist project into reality.
Meanwhile, In Palestine, the struggle of Palestinians for their land forced The Zionist Movement and its colonial allies to make up and provide certain excuses in order to justify their agenda for the colonization and control ofPalestine.
However, the Zionist project in Palestine had to face a major obstacle, which is the existence of the Palestinian people. The Palestinians, who have inhabited the land for thousands of years and connected to it in different ways including traditionally, socially, psychologically, culturally, politically and economically were viewed by the Zionist Movement as a major obstacle, so how can one justify the seizure of the land of the Palestinian people, and the denial of their natural and historical rights to it?
It was in response to that dilemma that the Biblical was evoked, and it became a corner stone in the justifications for the colonization of Palestine. Since it was not easy to eliminate the legitimacy of the existence of the Palestinian people in their own land, The Zionists had to form justifications that provide them with a divine legitimacy that go beyond the legitimate existence of the Palestinian people. In other words, if the legitimacy of the Palestinian people in the land comes from the history and geography, then the Zionist project derives its legitimacy directly from the god!
Thereafter, the struggle over the land of Palestine started to become racist, Zionist, religious and ideological. Which meant that the uprooting the Palestinian people and the theft of their land had become a “the fulfillment of a promise from God” this divine excuse has allowed the Zionists to justify their unethical and savage behaviour towards the Palestinians, also, it provided the Zionist with Christian allies in the West and helped maintaining the essence of the original colonial project that aimed to divide the Arab region.
The importance of the Land in the colonial Zionist ideology was never about its agricultural value or for being sacred, nor it is because of the emotional and moral link the land has with the world’s Jewry. But the importance is from serving the purpose of dividing the region and maintaining such division over the years.
In this context one can understand the Zionist policies in Palestine that include continued colonization and elimination of the Palestinian bond to the land and their existence on it, Also changing the history and memory of the place to make it serve the Zionist politics, because the Zionist movement views any retreat from such policies of elimination of Palestinians will threaten foundations biblical ideology that they adopted, and will end up exposing their fraud and will ultimately shake the credibility of their colonial project.
This Zionist narrative, which the Zionist movement has devoted all sorts of propaganda and resources in order to enforce, is focused on disengaging Palestinians from their land, and while doing so, the Zionist Movement through its militias, and later on military have used all kinds of brutal and savage methods.
Land for the Palestinians means life, it is the essence of belonging to a civilization that has been in existence for thousands of years. It is on that land that the Palestinian culture, and customs and traditions and myths were formed. Land for the Palestinians is not a narrative to use or a story to make up it is the very existence, being and continuity of the individual and the people of Palestine. And thus connection with land is found not only among the people of Palestine and their land but also is found in every society that agriculture was an element in the formation of its culture, life and its philosophy of survival.
On the other hand, even though land might be of a religious or emotional importance among ordinary Jews, but for the Zionist Movement land is a political tool first and for most. The Land of Palestine is not important for the Zionist colonial project and their colonial allies because it is called the “Promised Land”, but it is importance; as mentioned before in the Campbell Project, comes for the control over the region and its resources and for the prevention of any future reunification of the region. And as long as the Zionist colonial project is in Palestine that reunification across West Asia and North Africa will never happen.