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Fighting For a Piece (Peace) of Land

An Israeli lady and a Palestinian lady (citizen of Israel) share their feelings about the situation in their country

I copied the following from one of my journal entries:

Even though the Israeli Palestinian conflict is in the news almost on a daily basis, I wonder how many people know the basis of the problem. Since my assignments are about the occupation of Palestine, and its impact on Palestinians, I thought it would be a good idea to put together a few points about the history of the conflict to give more meaning to my stories.

• In the late 18000s the Zionist movement began in Europe. Its intention was to create a Jewish state in Palestine, therefore European immigration to Palestine was encouraged.

• In the 1800s, the population of Palestine was 86% Palestinian Muslim, 10% Palestinian Christian, and 4% Jewish.

• In the 1930s Jewish land ownership rose from 1% to 6%.

• Zionist terror gangs created violent conflicts between Palestinians and Jews. The violence grew as Jews fought their “War of Independence”.

• Israel was founded on May 14, 1948 – not quite 64 years ago.

• Between 750,000 and 900,000 Palestinians became refugees as they fled in fear or were expelled from their ancestral homes and villages. This is called al-Nakba, or the Catastrophe

• Approximately 531 Palestinian villages were destroyed.

• There are approximately 11 milion Palestinians worldwide. Seven million are refugees scattered around the world; hundreds of thousands live under deplorable conditions in refugee camps, and 450,000 are internally displaced persons
(IDPs) .

• 1.3 million Palestinians live in Israel, and are Israeli citizens. Discriminated against, many are not allowed to return to their former village land, which was confiscated and turned into Jewish cities. They are internally displaced persons.

• In 1967, following the Arab-Israeli war, Israel occupied the West Bank (thus it is called the Occupied Palestinian Territories) and Gaza.

• Gazan land was returned in 2005, but the borders, ports, and airspace are controlled by Israel. Gaza is known as a “large prison” for the 1.5 million people living there. The conditions are horrendous.

• The United States gives Israel more than $8.2 MILLION DOLLARS PER DAY in taxpayer money for military aid.


• There are 121 ILLEGAL settlements and 100 outposts in Palestine where approximately 500,000 Israelis live on confiscated, often privately owned, Palestinian land. Additionally, there are 12 Jewish neighborhoods on land annexed in 1967, and have been made part of Jerusalem.

• The Separation Barrier / Apartheid Wall which divides Palestine and Israel is ILLEGAL according to the International Court of Justice at the Hague. 85% of the planned (upon completion) 810 kilometer Wall goes deep into Palestinian land, resulting in further land confiscation and restrictions on Palestinians’ movement. . The Wall, which consists of concrete slabs, barbed wire, and electric fences, separates villages and families from each other, destroys agricultural land, water resources, and livelihoods. Approximately 20 people have been killed during weekly protests.

• To achieve their goal of sovereignty over Jerusalem and increase the number of Jews in the city, Israel attempts to push Palestinians out of East Jerusalem (occupied territory) through evictions and home demolitions, residency revocations, and isolation from the rest of the West Bank partly because of the Wall.

• By the end of October 2011, Palestinians movement was restricted by 578 closure obstacles inside the West Bank, including 69 permanently staffed checkpoints, 21 partially staffed checkpoints, and 488 obstacles such as roadblocks, earth mounds, earth walls, road barriers and gates, and trenches.

• As of January, 2012, there were 4417 Palestinian political prisoners. Of these, 132 are children; 26 under the age of 16, and 6 are women.

• Palestinians demand the Right of Return for refugees, or receive compensation if they choose not to return to their homes in what is now Israel.

This digital story is part of an assignment for Voices of Our Future a program of World Pulse that provides
rigorous new media and citizen journalism training for grassroots women
leaders. World Pulse lifts and unites the voices of women from some of the
most unheard regions of the world.


Stella Paul's picture

I hope more women talk

Dear Noreen

As a trained TV reporter and a video editor (something I have put a temporary break on as I am trying to explore the world of writing), I am so happy to see this video of yours. You got the job in a simple and smart way. Just two interviews, reflecting two views and you got a story! I would love to see you working more with that camera of yours and bringing more such snippets of the conflict and solutions devised by ordinary citizens who live it day in and day out. I am honest: don't stop shooting.You can do so damn well!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

noreens's picture

Dear Stella, Since you are

Dear Stella,

Since you are experienced in video making, I take your words seriously, and I thank you for them. It was frustrating because every time I would make a change in the video, the text and music would move to the wrong place in the timestamp. Finally I just had to say to myself "that's it, send it in". It was a great experience, and I think I got the basics of editing (though I know there is so much more to learn). I also love photography and I am going to be doing more of this. I'm going to start a blog so now I will have a place to put my videos! Thanks for the encouragement Stella.!!

Noreen (the witch!!)

Hummingbird's picture

Great job

Thank you Noreen, you did a beautiful video.

A drop of rain can revive the earth, be the drop.


noreens's picture

Thanks Hummingbird!! It was

Thanks Hummingbird!! It was hard to put so much information in such a short video and I wanted to put more. The music was not easy you can probably tell!!!


Lisa T's picture

Thanks for sharing


Thank your for sharing your video and your story. The images in the video are very powerful and it is great to hear the words of the women you interviewed. I appreciate that you included the background information about the issues in Palestine on your journal to supplement the video. Very nice work!


noreens's picture

Thank you Lisa! The issues

Thank you Lisa! The issues here are so complicated and I wish that I could have done more in-depth interviews, but with 3 minutes, there is only so much that can go in a video. Thanks for watching and commenting!


Caitlyn's picture

Excellent work

Hi Noreen, thank you for sharing these stories. I hope that you can continue to discuss these vitally important issues and that you can help bring about change and solutions with your powerful words. Keep speaking up!

Love Caitlyn

noreens's picture

Hi Caitlyn, I was happy to be

Hi Caitlyn,

I was happy to be given the opportunity to speak to these women. Making a video was completely new to me, and I really enjoyed it. I have no plans to stop writing, and now improving on and using my newly acquired skills! Thanks for watching it!


R's picture

You are a NATURAL!

Hi Noreen,
You really managed to capture so much emotion in such a short video...and for your first attempt I think it was brilliant and really professional. I honestly believe that you are a natural at journalism in general, and that it is really important for you to keep up the video work as well. Once you have conquered that there will be no stopping you...and your solutions oriented message. I say this because I know that the technical side of your video was new to you and yet you still managed to do a great job...but the real work of finding these two wonderful ladies to interview and then somehow managing to get to the heart of the Palestian story in such a short piece was simply magical. Their words were powerful and I think that you could do a fantastic documentary along these lines too. Well done my talented friend! It really has been an honour working with you.

Much Love

noreens's picture

You are a sweetheart,

You are a sweetheart, Rosemary!! I have loved working with you too. Not only has it been a learning experience, but it has also been fun! You know what it took for me to put this video together, and how frustrating it was at times, so I guess I can say, in general, I am happy with it. There was 64 years of history to cover (even more) and I wish I could have made it longer. BUT, I learned a lot from it and plan to do more video / photo stories. Thanks for being by my side these past months!


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