Friday, January 30, 2009

Palestine is still the Issue




In 1974, John Pilger made the film 'Palestine Is Still The Issue'. It was about a nation of people - the Palestinians - forced off their land and later subjected to a military occupation by Israel. An occupation condemned by the United Nations and almost every country in the world, including Britain.

But Israel is backed by a very powerful friend, the United States.

In 2002 Pilger made another film of the same name. "In 25 years," said Pilger, "if we are to speak of the great injustice, nothing has changed. What has changed is that the Palestinians have fought back. Stateless and humiliated for so long, Palestinians have risen up against Israel's huge military machine, although they themselves have no arms, no tanks, no American planes and gun ships or missiles.

"Some have committed desperate acts of terror, like suicide bombing. But for Palestinians, the overriding, routine terror, day after day, has been the ruthless control of almost every aspect of their lives, as if they live in an open prison. This is the story of the Palestinians and a group of courageous Israelis united in the oldest human struggle - to be free."


Click here to read John Pilger's articles on Palestine

John Pilger's reporting from Palestine and Israel is the centrepiece of his new book, Freedom Next Time



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