Israel-Palestine 101 – Quick Links
Articles, Publications and Factsheets

“A PCHR report on attacks perpetrated by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) against Palestinian medical personnel during the IOF military offensive in Gaza 27 December 2008” – Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

Affirming a Judaism and Jewish identity without Zionism” Rabbi Brian Walt

BDS Resources

Election: Ignoring and Ostracizing Some LGBTQ People Through Homonationalism” by Jason Lyndon

Ethnic Cleansing in Palestine – from

Briefing: “Farming Injustice – International trade with Israeli agricultural companies and the destruction of Palestinian farming” – from

Fragmentation of the West Bank – from

Investigate – find out what you are invested in, and whether you should DIVEST! From the American Friends Service Committee.

“Israel, Palestine, and Queers” – by Haneen Maikey and Jason Ritchie

Jewish Voice for Peace – Activist Toolkit

Pinkwash, Greenwash, Hogwash: Ali Abunimah on Israel’s use of sex and marketing to distract from apartheid”- from Electronic Intifada

Resources on Black America and Palestine – from the US Campaign to End the Occupation

The Past Didn’t Go Anywhere: Making Resistance to Anti-Semitism Part of All our Movements by April Rosenblum (zine)

Thoughts About Our Role and Work as Jews Committed to Justice in Palestine by Elisha Baskin and Donna Nevel – From Mondoweiss

UNRWA Digital Archive

Violations Against Palestinian Prisoners and Detainees in Israeli Prisons and Detention Centers (2010)– From Addameer (PDF)

“When ‘J’ means ‘Jewish’ not ‘Justice’” by Heike Schotten – from Mondoweiss

Zionism Unsettled – A Congregational Study Guide by Israel/Palestine Mission Network. This is a link to PURCHASE the guide.

Films and Videos

Just Vision is an organization that works to increase the power and legitimacy of Palestinians and Israelis working to end the occupation and resolve the conflict nonviolently. They have produced several award-winning films, including:

5 Broken Cameras (Also currently available on Netflix instant streaming.)

Voices Across the Divide, by Alice Rothchild (Soon to be released)

Rabbi Brant Rosen – A Rabbi’s Path to Palestinian Solidarity : Book Talk (YOUTUBE)

Stone Cold Justice – Australian TV Documentary (YOUTUBE)

Palestine Freedom Riders (VIMEO)

Edward Said Memorial Lecture (VIDEO)

What It’s Like to Live In Occupied Territories (from WGBH, with JVP Boston folks on panel!)

*Israel/Palestine Impasse (VIMEO):

Part I – Jeff Klein

Part II – Sherrill Hogen

Part III – Lisa Stampnitzky

Part IV – Q&A

Part V – Concluding Comments

Films We Own

Films that gather a small group are a terrific way to engage people in learning, reflection, and, hopefully, action. We invite you to make use of our curated collection and spread the word. Please read the fine print at the end.

Full list of films:


Films by categories:


Here’s a selection of those films:


Breaking the Silence: Israeli Soldiers Talk about Hebron

38 min. 2005


I 1⁄2 hours 2008

Examines contemporary anti-Semitism and the possibility of a modern-day Jewish holocaust. (Will spark lots of discussion.)

Five Broken Cameras

1 1⁄2 hours 2012

An extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism, 5 Broken Cameras is adeeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. (Review from Rotten Tomatoes)

The Gatekeepers

101 minutes 2012

This film tells the story of the Israeli internal security service, Shin Bet, from the perspective of six of its former heads. It shows the role that they played in Israel’s security from the Six-Day War to the present.

Little Town of Bethlehem

11⁄4 hours 2010

A true story of three men in a land gripped by fear, hatred, and division. Expected to be enemies, they work together to end the cycle of violence.

Occupation 101: Voices of the Silenced Majority

1 1⁄2 hrs. 2007

Details life under Israeli military rule, the role of the United States in the conflict, and the obstacles in the way of a lasting and viable peace. (One of the best comprehensive resources for understanding the Occupation.)

The War Around Us

75 min. 2012

In dramatic fashion, the film captures the personal agonies and isolation of the only two reporters covering Israel’s 2008 war on Gaza, in which 1400 civilians died. It received a standing ovation at the 2012 Boston Palestine Film Festival. Works for a wide range of audiences.


Laila’s Birthday

71 min. 2009

On his young daughter’s birthday, like any day, Abu Laila faces a nerve-wracking shift in a Ramallah yellow cab armed only with an ex-jurist’s misplaced pride, a father’s loyalty, and a sticker reminding passengers that smoking and carrying AK-47 s are prohibited… Laila’s Birthday finds surprising humor and remarkable humanity in the fares Abu plucks from the social free fall of a city upended by war, and in the unyielding and often misplaced belief in the rule of law to which its unlikely hero clings en route to a hoped-for family reunion.


98 min. 2013

Omar is a thriller and a romance with unabashedly melodramatic elements (there’s even a love triangle), all of which are brought into stark relief by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Helped along by an amazing cast of mostly first-time actors, “Omar” feels very fresh due to its attitude, approach, and the fact that it offers no solutions.” Roger Ebert

Salt of this Sea

104 min. 2009

Sixty years after her grandparents’ exile from Jaffe, Soraya (Suheir Hammad) leaves Brooklyn to live in her homeland. An urgent and devastating portrait of life under Occupation. (Conveys the claustrophia of living in Palestine on many levels: physically, spiritually, emotionally.)


*These films treat both sides as equal in the conflict. We include them because they may be a good entry into a desire for a fuller understanding of the conflict in Israel/Palestine.

The comments in parentheses are Diana and Pam’s impressions, not those of JVP Boston!


The Fine Print

To borrow a film, email us at

Our guidelines:

a) Watch the trailer before ordering a film.

b) Consider your audience: “Trigger Warnings” apply! These films sometimes depict graphic violence and despair. However, there is often humor – and resilience – present as well.

c) In all cases, these films are licensed for in-home viewing. If you’d like to show them in a larger venue, you must contact the distributor of the film.

d) As always, we appreciate film suggestions and donations to our film fund! Several of the films we have were given to us. If you are similarly moved to send us something that, in your view, is mandatory viewing, we will be grateful.

We would be glad to talk with you about the films! Email us at and we’ll arrange a time to talk.

Pam Rogers & Diana Digges for JVP Boston


This Week in Palestine is a radio program that presents news, commentary, and interviews from the Palestinian perspective every Sunday morning, 8 to 8:45 a.m. on WZBC 90.3 FM. It can be streamed live on your computer HERE. (Listen Live, or click on ZBC archive stream).

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