For those who aren’t in denial, and are truly concerned about the atrocities in Palestine, film maker Tom Hayes has made “Two Blue Lines.” Jewish Voice for Peace highly recommends it. Hayes is trying to get it on Amazon and other venues, so write it down and keep checking. He has made trips to the region over a number of years and interviewed both sides firsthand. Some of his crew was jailed, and one was shot. The debut of his first film years ago got his house stoned in Columbus, Ohio.
You may think that you’re up on the news of the controversy, but seeing it on film will change your life. Hayes says that there’s actually a more dynamic conversation in Israel than in the US about this and massive US tax dollars go there daily, not to mention our latest weapons tech.
Sure, Israel gets bombed now and then — tragic for all concerned — but compare the statistics. Palestinians are killed in far greater numbers, including innocents. And what do you expect when a country is created artificially at the expense of the existing landowners? This has been unconscionable from the beginning. The day-to-day provocations of Israelis against Palestinians has certainly caused a backlash. As one of the film-watchers in my group said: if this had happened in the US, we’d be bombing too!
Personally, I find it reprehensible that Israel has provoked and prodded an originally more passive Palestine into a backlash, and then used it as an excuse to fight necessary “terrorism.” Checkpoint guards will trap Palestinians in turnstiles and ignore them, pretending they don’t see. Nightly bombings start around the time the children go to bed. Enormous machines demolish entire neighborhoods in swaths.
One final image: Hayes has seen a Palestinian child literally go into convulsions, because it went to school in the morning, and returned later that day to find its house demolished and in ruins. These kids are traumatized and we don’t expect them to grow up wanting to fight back?