They Do Not Exist (Laysa lahum wujud) was directed by Mustafa Abu Ali in 1974, who took his title from the remark made by Golda Meir that the Palestinians do not exist. Abu Ali, one of the first Palestinian filmmakers and founder of the PLO’s film division, began making films in 1968 in Jordan, along with Sulafa Jadallah and Hani Jawhariya. After Black September, Abu Ali and the others had to leave Jordan but continued making resistance films in Lebanon.
Abu Ali was able to return to Palestine after the signing of the Oslo Accords, following 47 years of exile as a refugee. However, he is forbidden by Israeli law to live in, or even visit, his hometown of Maliha (in the Jerusalem district) and must live in Ramallah — only 15 kilometers away. Maliha was attacked in July of 1948 and partially demolished by the Zionist forces. All the inhabitants, including Abu Ali, were ethnically cleansed and became refugees never allowed to return to their homes. Today, most Israelis know the area only as the Malcha Shopping Mall or Kenion.
Abu Ali’s contribution to Palestinian cinema is significant, as well as his contribution to international cinema. He worked with Jean-Luc Godard, who always said his soul is Palestinian, on the acclaimed film Ici et Ailleurs. Godard is “a great filmmaker; dedicated, creative and imagnitatve. We were both concerned to find the right film language appropriate to the struggle for freedom,” says Abu Ali.
Ifound these pictures on http://brookespeeking.tumblr.com/page/3 Brooke Lober’s blog. Lober is a jewish feminist and Israel critic. You can read more about her at her about page at The University of Arizona (see quote below). Her blog is full of paintings, picures and interesting things about not only Israel and Palestine, but all kind of important and interesting things like music, feminism and art.
Anne Frank, Save Gaza, by Leba. And AF Neutral Milk lyrics street art, artist unknown.
From her about page at The University of Arizona: «Brooke Lober is a PhD candidate, currently writing a critical history of social movements that addresses some of today’s urgent political struggles by focusing on the “question of Palestine” taken up by a set of interlinked but sometimes opposed historical feminist groups. Through close analysis of feminist practices and ethical frameworks for political engagement expressed in social movement arts and cultural production, this dissertation unearths and reconsiders debates about Zionism and Israeli state practice that took place in the overlapping spaces of the Palestine solidarity movement, anti-imperialist feminist formations, and the U.S. Jewish feminist movement of the late 20th century. A longtime participant in creative subcultures and left social movements, Brooke is engaged in community organizing and education projects, teaches classes in feminist studies, and works as an editorial assistant at Feminist Formations journal.»
I was walking past an open place in the city Bergen (were I live) today when I spotted some members of the Palestine Committee of Norway and other activists holding an appeal. They talked about a new shipping of activists to Gaza, a swedish-norwegian fish boat that will be send soon. One of the people speaking mentioned a israeli jew who’s not allowed to enter Israel anymore due to his criticism of the state and how palestinians are treated. I think his name was Dror Feiler. The man speaking said that this was an example of the fact that the state of Israel do not represent the jews of the world.
But is the state of Israel apartheid? I do not agree there. Nadine Gordimer had some good points when she said that “Israel makes a great injustice against the Palestinians, but what happens in the Middle East has a background in conflict over land the parties makes historical claims for, while the white colonizers in Africa had no land they rightfully could claim for as inhabitants, they only took it.”
I think the impossible task of making it possible for israeli settlers to live in the palestinian territories makes it hopeless for both jews and arabs, and that this is more a war over holy territories than over race.