More on Occupation
Following up on ED’s post (and the sad 60 Minutes video), here is another video on the Occupation. Called Checkpoint by Israeli filmaker Yoav Shamir it simply leaves the camera’s rolling in daily interactions within the West Bank. It’s brutal to watch. Not because any absolutely horrible thing happens, but just the daily grind of occupation. You see Israeli soldiers trying to be human beings, some of them increasingly de-humanized by their participation in this militarization of society. And you see something of what it is like from The Palestinian side. If something like this documentary were shown on US tv in primetime (which it never will), then maybe opinions would change. What is so brilliant in my mind about it is that there is no commentary from the directors. No viewpoints are inserted. Just cameras and human beings interacting.
This is the first of eight parts (all of which are on YouTube):
Sadly my own view (like those in The 60 Minutes piece) is that the two state solution is increasingly a dying prospect. And, what Gershom Gorenberg called in his brilliant book on the subject, The Accidental Empire (i.e. the occupation of West Bank) is at the heart of that failure. It’s not the only reason but it is a central one.