Occupation 101-Israel vs Palestine Conflict
Occupation 101: Voice of the Silenced Majority
#1 Documentary Movie on Israel and Palestine Conflict
Occupation 101: Voice of the Silenced Majority is a 2006 Award-winning documentary film on the root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The film depicts life in occupied Palestine under Israeli military occupation.
Synopsis: A thought-provoking and powerful documentary film on the current and historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Unlike any other film ever produced on the conflict — ‘Occupation 101’ presents a comprehensive analysis of the facts and hidden truths surrounding the never ending controversy and dispels many of its long-perceived myths and misconceptions.
The film focuses on the effects of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and discusses events from the rise of Zionism to the Second Intifada and Israel’s unilateral disengagement plan, presenting its perspective through dozens of interviews, questioning the nature of Israeli-American relations — in particular, the Israeli military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, and the ethics of US monetary involvement.
Occupation 101 includes interviews with mostly American and Israeli scholars, religious leaders, humanitarian workers, and NGO representatives — more than half of whom are Jewish — who are critical of the injustices and human rights abuses stemming from Israeli policy in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza.
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The entire list of featured interviews:
- Dr. Albert Aghazarian. Director of Public Relations at Birzeit University. Palestinian Armenian.
- Ambassador James E. Akins. Former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
- Rabbi Arik Ascherman. Rabbis for Human Rights (Israeli group).
- Dr. William Baker (theologian). Christians and Muslims for Peace.
- Bishop Allen Bartlett, Jr. Diocese of Washington.
- Phyllis Bennis. Institute for Policy Studies, and co-chair of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.
- Peter Boukaert. Director of Emergencies at Human Rights Watch.
- Sharon Burke. Former Advocacy Director of Amnesty International.
- Professor Noam Chomsky. Linguist – MIT Professor.
- Father Drew Christiansen. United States Catholic Conference.
- Cindy and Craig Corrie. Parents of the late solidarity activist Rachel Corrie.
- Douglas Dicks. Catholic Relief Services in Jerusalem. Outreach program director.
- Richard Falk. 2001 United Nations Fact-finding Commission in the West Bank and Gaza.
- Paul Findley. U.S. Congressman 1961-1983.
- Thomas Getman. World Vision International.
- Neta Golan. Israeli co-founder of International Solidarity Movement.
- Jeff Halper. Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions.
- Amira Hass. Israeli journalist – Ha’aretz.
- Doug Hostetter. Fellowship of Reconciliation.
- Kathy Kamphoefner. Christian Peacemaker Team.
- Adam Keller. Gush Shalom – Israeli Peace Group.
- Hava Keller. Woman’s Organization for Political Prisoners (Israeli group).
- Professor Rashid Khalidi. School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia Univ.
- Peretz Kidron. Israeli journalist; Yesh Gvul (Israeli peace group).
- Rabbi Michael Lerner. Founder & editor-in-chief of Tikkun magazine.
- Rabbi Rebecca Lillian. Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace.
- Roger Normand. Center for Economic and Social Rights.
- Allegra Pacheco. Israeli human rights lawyer.
- Professor Ilan Pappe. Israeli historian – University of Haifa (now University of Exeter).
- Dr. Iyad Sarraj. Prominent Palestinian psychiatrist.
- Yael Stein. B’Tselem – Israeli human rights group.
- Gila Svirsky. Coalition of Women for a Just Peace. Israeli.
- Ambassador Edward Walker. Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel.
- Alison Weir. Founder of If Americans Knew.
The film has won several awards from various film festivals
- Winner of the “Golden Palm” Award (highest honor given by jury) and for “Best Editing” at the 2007 International Beverly Hills Film Festival.
- Winner of the ‘Artivist Award’ for Best Feature Film under the category of Human Rights at the 2006 Artivist Film Festival & Awards in Hollywood.
- Winner of the Best Documentary Award (Special Recognition) at the 2007 New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival.
- Winner of the Best Feature Film Award at the 2006 River’s Edge Film Festival.
- Winner of the Best Documentary Feature Award at 2006 The Dead Center Film Festival.
- Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at 2006 East Lansing Film Festival.
- Winner of the John Michaels Memorial Award at the 2006 Big Muddy Film Festival.
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