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Israel-Palestine Conflict Through Film: “The Iron Wall” Documentary
July 19, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
One event on July 23, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Israel’s 1967 (“Six Day”) War began what is now a 50-year occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and the Golan Heights. Twenty-four years ago in 1993, the Oslo Accords initiated a “peace process” based on the principle of exchanging land for peace, but it’s an exchange that never happened. Released in 2006, Mohammed Alatar’s The Iron Wall describes how the growth and continuing expansion in Jewish settlements and construction of Israel’s “Separation Barrier” became the facts on the ground that made such an exchange—and the sought-after two state solution—a near impossibility. Today, many if not most objective experts acknowledge that eleven more years of settlement growth have irrevocably shut the door on the feasibility of a Palestinian state—that this hollow goal is pursued only to buy time for confiscating more Palestinian land, water, and resources and entrenching apartheid conditions. The film’s title is drawn from the title of Revisionist Zionist leader Ze’ev Jabotinsky’s 1922 essay of the same name. Runtime: 52 minutes.
Location: Bemis Hall Basement screening room. Light refreshments will be served.
Mohammed Alatar, one of Palestine’s major documentary makers, trained in the U.S. in the late 1990s. He has served as Future Stories Director for CBS News and as Media Advisor to the United Nations Development Programme and the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Jerusalem Affairs. Alatar founded the Texas-based, Palestinians for Peace and Democracy in 2002. With a profound commitment to human rights and people’s struggle, Mohammed Alatar defines himself more as human rights activist than filmmaker. His work promotes his ideas and convictions, giving scope to the causes and values he defends. His mentors are Oliver Stone and the Egyptian director Yousef Chahin, people who also make movies with a message, not just to entertain.