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Still the Issue

Posted in Palestine by homeyra on March 4, 2008

Palestine is still the issue
A documentary by John Pilger

In 1974, Australian journalist John Pilger made the film ‘Palestine is still the issue‘. In 2002 Pilger made another film of the same name. “In 25 years, if we are to speak of the great injustice, nothing has changed… “

Harold Pinter, Nobel laureate and a founder of Independant Jewish Voices about John Pilger: ” [he] is fearless. He unearths, with steely attention to facts, the filthy truth, and tells it as it is . . . I salute him.”

A synopsis of the conflict
Involuntarily at eatbees


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  1. Kilroy said, on March 4, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    Thanks, Homeyra. Google video was having troubles when I tried to view your instance. Fortunately many people have posted the video in segments to YouTube, which seems to have more funding for bandwidth than Google video.

    The first one I clicked on was part 6 of 7 and Pilger is asking an Israel official if Israel will agree to an independent Palestinian state. The official refuses to answer the question. How can you continue the genocide if you agree to define boundaries and final status? Israel must continue to provoke violence in order to maintain it’s claim that final status is impossible as long as there is any resistance.

    Israel was created by means of genocide and it continues to expand its territory and displace the Palestinians from land which is theirs under international law. If we acknowledge that Israel can keep what it obtained by force then we have to uphold the same principle everywhere for everyone. If we acquiesce to the principle that might makes right where Israel is concerned, then we must concede that principle anywhere were the strong are destroying the weak.

    But of course everyone already knows this and no one has the courage to say anything about it.

    When they came for the Jews I didn’t say anything because I wasn’t Jewish. When they came for the Palestinians, I didn’t say anything because I wasn’t Palestinian. Finally, when they came for me, there was no one left to speak for me.

  2. Pedestrian said, on March 5, 2008 at 2:57 am

    Thanks Homeyra … I think this was a much needed post …

    In the past few days, with all that occurred in Gaza, and despite all that were wounded and killed there really were no clear, collaborative voices coming out at all.

    Just imagine what the responses would have been if this had happened elsewhere …

    I would log on to CNN to see if they had something … anything … For the first 2 days, there was nothing there at all. In the third day, they had a small headline on the left of the page. It read: “Palestinians back out of peace talks”.

    I think it’s simply amazing. More than 100
    people dead, many of them children and nobody breathes a word about it. I wonder time and time again why some lives just aren’t worth or valued as much.

  3. thepoetryman said, on March 5, 2008 at 5:07 am

    I’m with Mr. Pinter! We need more like John Pilger…

  4. 99 said, on March 5, 2008 at 5:57 am

    That video should be shown to students across the globe. That video should be memorized by voters across the globe. There should be a way to shove the poisonous accusations of anti-Semitism right back down the throats of those who try to use it to keep this horror alive.

  5. Sophia said, on March 5, 2008 at 2:59 pm


    I believe this is what you are looking for:

    I sent the link by mail.

    The title is Sands of Sorrow.

  6. homeyra said, on March 5, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    Thanks Sophia. This lady has a very interesting bio.
    The way the official ties his answer to Pilger’s question to 9-11 is rather disturbing. One almost hear this vision: the Palestinisation of all Middle-East.

  7. عمار - aMmAr said, on March 6, 2008 at 9:11 am

    great post Homeyra! we need to highlight this ossue and show the true side. Even if the world like to close their eyes, ears and mouths.

  8. Sophia said, on March 6, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    When reading the bio of Dorothy Thompson, I can’t stop myself thinking that women are more courageous than men. Mrs Thompson was a free thinker and a woman with conscience.
    Thanks for the link.

  9. Sophia said, on March 6, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    “Palestinisation of all Middle-East.” That’s what is happening with Iraq and Lebanon. And this is to make the world forget the real issue, Palestine.

  10. homeyra said, on March 9, 2008 at 8:53 am

    … or “it has worked in Palestine, why not expand this successful operation?”.
    Am I too cynical? Here is the proclaimed legitimate logic:

    “… If we begin to distinguish between acts of terror, justifying some and repudiating others based on sympathy with this or that cause, we will lose the moral clarity that is so essential for victory. This clarity is what enabled America and Britain to root out piracy in the nineteenth century…”

  11. Ressentiment said, on March 10, 2008 at 2:47 am

    women are more courageous than men

    or more foolhardy

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