This award-winning film brings us into the lives of remarkable Palestinian and Israeli families who have all lost family members in the ongoing violence, and who decide through courage and heart-breaking openness to become bridges of nonviolent peacemaking. This is a true story of everyday people who have made the extraordinary decision to choose dialogue over vengeance.
No one would say it’s easy to question beliefs you have held your whole life.
For Daniel Kaplan, an American Jew who organizes college students in a national campaign to pressure divestment from corporations that profit from the Israeli occupation of Palestine, answering these questions honestly meant reconciling a deep sense of justice with an equally deep sense of himself.
Daniel grew up in a liberal Jewish community in the Chicago area that taught him that Jews’ struggles with persecution compel them to stand up for others who are oppressed and persecuted.
Take Action! Denounce the Raid on Palestinian Human Rights Organizations
At 3 am on December 11, the Israeli army raided the offices of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights, the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committee (UPWC), and the Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO). Soldiers destroyed furniture, office appliances, ransacked filing cabinets, and confiscated computers, computer hard drives, and video cameras.
The last week of violence, bombings, and death in Gaza, make clear that we must redouble our existing efforts to organize effective campaigns against those who profit from and are responsible for enabling Israel’s ongoing occupation of Palestine.
We are collecting stories from Palestinians whose lives are affected by the current conflict. We will continue to add more voices as our staff and partners in the region are able to collect and share more.
As the violence escalates in Gaza and Israel, we are compelled to lift our voice in support of nonviolence and human rights for all. We speak on behalf of our Palestinian and Israeli colleagues who wish to live in dignity and free from fear. We speak from our Quaker values and our experience working in the Middle East and worldwide.
The attack, code named “Pillar of Defense”, began 14 November with the assassination of Hamas’ Gaza Military Commander Ahmed Jabari and coordinated attacks on 20 alleged Hamas targets throughout Gaza. These attacks have been followed by the continued shelling and bombardment of Gaza from the air, land, and sea. Gaza is home to 1.6 million Palestinians of whom fifty per cent are children under the age of 18.
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