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  • Journey to the Occupied Lands
  • Rating: ***
  • Audience: Jr. High to Adult
  • Price: Public performance: $49.95 Home use: $29.95
  • Date: Copyright 1992. Released 1992.
  • Descriptors: Middle East. Israel - Politics and government. Jewish-Arab relations. Palestinian Arabs.
  • Production Information: Live action. Color. Closed captioned. 90 min.
  • Production Company: Documentary Consortium
  • Available from: PBS Video 1320 Braddock Pl. Alexandria, VA 22314-1698 (703)739-5380
  • ISBN: ISBN 0-7936-0943-7.
  • Cataloging: 956.94 Palestine - History||Jewish-Arab relations||Israel - History
  • Print Entry #: 4:1487
  • Reviewer: Joseph L. Carlson

    For a decidedly pro-Palestinian look at the Mid-East situation, select this well-made and well-documented video. Despite its bias (or, perhaps, because of it), it tends to be a bit more balanced in its viewpoint than programs produced or endorsed by the Israeli government.

    PBS standards are upheld, once again, in this technically flawless video, which traces the tragic history of the Palestinians and the land that they once called their own. The Israeli government is showing a disturbing tendency to side with the Jewish settlers who wish to claim land owned by Palestinians or Arabs, and this is shown to be one of the primary causes of the current conflict. We all know about the religious differences, but few people are aware of the land ownership debate.

    As more and more Jewish settlers move into the occupied territories, the questions of land ownership continue to mount. Palestinians are as determined to keep what has been theirs for hundreds of years as the Jews are to take it from them and make it a part of Israel. The video looks at the plight of several individuals and shows how property that has been in their families for generations is being annexed by Israel in the name of "national security" and turned into sprawling communities. One cannot deny that the Jewish settlers need territory and that this land was won fair and square in a number of bloody wars, but the expansion merely exacerbates an already festering problem.

    The reasonable price of this video, its high quality, and its seldom-voiced viewpoint make it a prime candidate for purchase by public libraries and universities.

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