Meet the Israeli UnOccupy Movement

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If you thought the Palestinian issue was strictly about Palestinians vs. Israelis, you will be interested to learn about the solidarity between concerned Israelis and Palestinians who are being evicted from their longtime homes in East Jerusalem by the ultra-Orthodox (aided by the Israeli military and police).

This documentary trailer gives you a flavor of what, in many senses, is less a battle between Jews and Arabs than between humanitarians and zealots. It comes from the intriguing nonprofit Just Vision, a collaboration of Israelis, Palestinians and others that offers rarely seen, carefully nuanced perspectives on a seemingly intractable conflict. More info here.

In the full-length documentary, which I saw at a recent screening, the Orthodox young men don’t even bother to argue the moral or legal justness of their cause—they are pugilistic and jubilant in their biblical righteousness. Of course, the same could be said about many Muslim extremists (and Christian ones, to be sure); what’s indisputable is the suffering such extremism causes.


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