The conflict between Israel and Palestine has produced countless books, articles and documentaries.
Ahead of our #FirstWedsDebates on the topic, here is a selection of some documentaries that explore different facets of the conflict.
Peace, Propaganda, and the Promise Land is a documentary about media bias. It provides a comparison of US and international media coverage of the conflict, and how distortions in the US media have reinforced false perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It explains how US foreign policy interests underpin this misrepresentation.
The Israel Lobby is a controversial book turned documentary, by two well known American scholars; Professors John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt. The documentary discusses the U.S’ fervent and unyielding support of Israel and how it is now against America’s best interests to continue such support, and how critics of the Israel lobby and of the U.S’ support for Israel are immediately labelled as anti-Semitic.
Five Broken Camera’s is a fantastic award-winning documentary that details firsthand the lives of Palestinians in Bil’in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. The documentary was made entirely by a Palestinian farmer Emad Bumat, and is extremely personal account, driving home the realities for those whose lives are affected by the conflict on a day to day basis.
Finally, for a different perspective on the conflict, Knowledge is the Beginning offers an invigorating account of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. The orchestra was established by the famous Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim, and the equally renowned Palestinian intellectual Edward Said. Their idea was to break down barriers of ignorance and mistrust by creating an orchestra which is comprised of both Israeli and Arab musicians. This youth orchestra has become a symbol of peace, highlighting the ability of both ethnicities to negotiate, cooperate, and coexist peacefully.