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Promises and Betrayals: Britain and the Struggle for the Holy Land

This lucid film recounts the complicated history that led to the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. In the words of the former British Ambassador to Egypt, it is a story of intrigue among rival empires and of misguided strategies. It is often claimed that the crisis originated with Jewish emigration to Palestine and the foundation of the State of Israel. Yet the roots of the conflict are to be found earlier. In 1915, when the Allies were besieged on the Western front, the British wanted to create a second front against Germany, Italy and the Ottoman Empire. Turkish nationalism had spread to the rest of the Ottoman Empire and the British exploited this feeling. They promised Arab groups their own independent states, including Palestine. Secretly, the Allies planned [...]

Arabic Movie

So many Israelis still wax nostalgic about that old Friday afternoon ritual, back in the times when television had just one channel. Everyone would watch the Arab movie of the week, but did anybody ever wonder how Israel's official TV station was able to transcend hostile boundaries to obtain these films, and why it insisted on showing movies made by "the enemy"? The Arabic-language movie from Egypt let some of us escape back to our original homeland, and let others peek out from our "villa in the jungle" and catch a glimpse of our neighbors across the border. But most of us didn't really want to see the people whose culture, anguish, and aspirations were reflected on our screens. "Arab Movie" brings us the stars and the songs, the convoluted plots, and that fleeting moment when we s [...]
Clemons (Stacks)

Fuocoammare =: Fire at Sea

Samuele is twelve years old and lives on an island in the middle of the sea. He goes to school, and loves shooting his slingshot and going hunting. He likes land games, even though everything around him speaks of the sea and the men, women, and children who try to cross it to get to his island. But his is not an island like the others, its name is Lampedusa and it is the most symbolic border of Europe, crossed by thousands of migrants in the last twenty years in search of freedom.
2017; 2016
Clemons (Stacks)

Seyyed Hossein Nasr: The Islamic Mind

A discussion with Islamic scholar Seyyed Hossein Nasr.
1994; 1990
Ivy (By Request)

Edward Said on Orientalism

Based on Edward Said's influential book, On Orientalism, this engaging and lavishly illustrated video examines the context within which he conceived the book, as well as his cultural analysis of media representations of the Middle East and Islam. In a post-9/11 world, this video provides an indispensable perspective.
2014; 1998

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Bobby Ghosh - Why Global Jihad Is Losing

Throughout the history of Islam, says journalist Bobby Ghosh, there have been two sides to jihad: one internal - a personal struggle to be better - and the other external. A small minority (most recently, Osama bin Laden) has appropriated the second, using it as an excuse for deadly global violence against "the West." In this TEDTalk, Ghosh suggests that now that bin Laden's worldwide organization has fragmented, it's time to reclaim the word.

The Battle of Durban II [electronic resource]: Israel, Palestine, and the United Nations World Conference Against Racism

The 2009 Durban Review Conference, or Durban II, was a follow-up to the UN Human Rights Council's disastrous 2001 World Conference against Racism in Durban, South Africa, where Palestinian sympathizers denounced Israel as racist, and supporters of Israel charged the UN with "demonization" of Israel. But Durban II proved to be even more divisive than its predecessor, marked by a controversial speech by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and boycotted by Israel and the U.S., among several other countries. This important program examines how the longstanding conflict between Israel and Palestine dramatically disrupted two successive UN conferences - overshadowing discussions about human rights issues elsewhere - and the attempts to come to an official consensus amid protests and coun [...]

Holy Lands 2 Israel [electronic resource]: Globe Trekker

This Globe Trekker episode follows Zay Harding as he explores Israel. In part two of the Holy Lands, Zay's journey starts in Nazareth, where he embarks on a two-day hike along the Jesus Trail to the Sea of Galilee. He visits the tiny hilltop town of Tsfat, famous as the birthplace of Kabbalah, and the medieval town of Akko to explore the ruins of an underground city from the time of the Crusades. Traveling down the coast, Zay stops for a few days of R&R in Tel Aviv that includes a visits to Tel Aviv's Pride Festival. His visits end in the Negev Desert, where he visits Ben Gurion University and sets out on a breathtaking mountain biking trip to Mitzpe Ramon.

Hijacking the Arab Spring? [electronic resource]: The Rise of the Islamists

For decades, the Muslim Brotherhood was an outlawed organization, marginalized and persecuted. Today, along with the Salafists and other Muslim groups, they are the principal winners of the Arab revolutions. They believe in a "Turkish model" of Islamic rule, and their speech is well-crafted to avoid scaring away the West. But what kind of policies do they want to introduce? Should political Islam be feared? Abdel Hakim Belhadj, leader of the Islamic al-Watan Party in Libya, has long been on the CIA's radar. In Morocco, radical preacher Sheikh Mohamad Fizazi is enjoying a comeback. And in Syria, insurgents are fighting to introduce Sharia Law. From Libya to Morocco to Syria, this program investigates the new parties jostling for power.

Ben-Gurion [electronic resource]

This documentary tells the story of David Ben-Gurion, the man who bore the greatest responsibility for the creation of the State of Israel: the early interest in Hebrew and youthful proselytizing for Jewish causes assuming sudden urgency from the 1903 pogrom at Kishinev and the call not to stand by and be massacred; the new reason for going to Palestine-national, not religious; his arrival with the second aliyah; the choice of a Hebrew name: Ben-Gurion was the last leader of the free Jewish state before the Roman subjugation. The program continues through the travails and terrors and defeats and joys of Palestine under the Ottoman Turks and the British Mandate, the Holocaust, the UN Partition Resolution, the establishment of the State of Israel, and his career as Israel's first Prime [...]

Permission to Engage [electronic resource]: The Anguish of Civilian Casualties

On July 12, 2007, a U.S. airstrike on a public square in Baghdad killed or wounded at least 17 Iraqi civilians, including children and journalists. Disturbing communications between the Apache helicopters and their command center eventually surfaced on WikiLeaks, leading to the arrest of Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning and producing outrage the world over. For Army specialist Ethan McCord, who had been among the first to arrive on foot after the attack, the incident led to a total reassessment of America's presence in Iraq and the use of such overwhelming firepower. For the families of those slain, no form of reparations would ever bring healing, not even personal apologies from McCord and another soldier. This film tells the story of the tragic incident using multiple pers [...]

Israel's Prisoner X [electronic resource]: A Special Edition of Foreign Correspondent

Up until 8:00 pm on February 12, 2013 the identity of an inmate held in solitary confinement at Israel's Ayalon Prison was known only to a very select group of people. But after the Australian investigative reporting show Foreign Correspondent aired that Tuesday night, the secret was out-"Prisoner X" was a Melbourne man named Ben Zygier and apparently a Mossad agent who'd managed to kill himself inside a suicide-proof cell. But had Zygier been working for the Mossad, or against it? This program is a follow-up to the Foreign Correspondent episode that broke open the Prisoner X case, and in response to which Benjamin Netanyahu called for a media blackout on the story. The program reveals new details about Zygier's activities, giving viewers a better understanding of why the Israeli gov [...]

The Historic Memory [electronic resource]

In this program, Bill Moyers and three recognized Arab historians discuss the major historical periods in the Arab world, from its ancient past as a leader in science, mathematics, and literature, through colonization by the French and British, to the present. The Koran is discussed as a constitutional document, and the role of the West in Arab political affairs is analyzed.

Human Rights in the Occupied Territories [electronic resource]

The Oslo Accords provided for the creation of a Palestinian interim self-government, the Palestinian National Authority (PNA). The Palestinian Authority would have responsibility for the administration of the territory under its control. The Accords also called for the withdrawal of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) from parts of the Gaza Strip and West Bank. This episode examines the efforts of field workers from two different but complementary human rights groups - one Palestinian, the other Israeli - in making this a reality. Hanan Ashrawi, a one-time Palestinian peace negotiator and head of a Palestinian human rights group is interviewed. Also featured are Allen Ginsberg's new poem "Peace in Bosnia-Herzegovina" read by the author himself, and a performance by the predominantly Aust [...]

Egypt [electronic resource]: Behind the Revolution

Filmed during the spring of 2011, this program offers an inside look at the events that led to Hosni Mubarak's resignation and a new political era in Egypt. It gives the uprisings in Cairo and other cities historical and cultural context so that viewers can better understand how a powerful, U.S.-backed regime could crumble with minimal violence and in such short order. In addition to a wide-ranging sociopolitical discussion, the film's on-the-ground testimonials fill in important details which, at the time, didn't reach observers outside the country. Egyptians from all walks of life are interviewed, explaining their contributions to Mubarak's fall and offering their reasons for taking to the streets to call for freedom and reforms. From the brewing discontent that preceded the revolu [...]

The Ingathering [electronic resource]

Ben-Gurion's founding principles of the Israeli state were security and immigration. This program examines the history of Jewish immigration and the conflux of cultures that exist within the broader cultural/religious identity of the Israeli population. In addition to identifying as Jewish, Israelis also identify themselves as Polish, Russian, Hungarian, Romanian, Libyan, Algerian, Yemenite, and Ethiopian. Yet as the Jewish state prospers and grows, the latest wave of immigrants, the Ethiopians, feel unwelcome. The program explores the question of cultural identity and heritage in a multicultural society founded on a principle of inclusion for all Jewish people.

The People's Army [electronic resource]

Born in battle and ever struggling to survive, Israel requires compulsory military service for women as well as men. This program traces the history of the Israel Defense Forces in all of its conflicts, from the war for independence, where many immigrants went directly from their ships into battle; to the formation of Unit 101, the forerunner of the famed and feared paratrooper battalions; to the crack commando teams that protect the borders and police the trouble spots within the country today. The program also includes the details of present-day life in the field with the IDF. As ever, being an Israeli means being a soldier.

Future Peace, Next War [electronic resource]

At the time of Israel's golden anniversary, it was a nation torn between its political left and right. In this program, the vision of Israel's purpose and scope-and the leaders who have interpreted and shaped that vision-is discussed. From the first Begin/Sadat meeting in Jerusalem to the war against the PLO in Lebanon, from the post-Gulf War peace initiatives to the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, Israel's history has been a story of the search for a lasting peace, but within the context of almost constant war. Even today, the volatile issues of security and territorial compromise remain unresolved.

Shifting Sands [electronic resource]: The Saudi Story

Following the toppling of dictators in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya, a myth is taking hold that the entire Arab region aspires to Western-style democracy. In this program, BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner travels to Saudi Arabia to challenge that misconception and examine what the future may bring to the Gulf's most powerful country. From the palaces of Riyadh to the bustling backstreets of Jeddah, Gardner interviews women's rights activists, journalists, a popular, irreverent stand-up comedian, and even members of the monarchy to reveal what makes the famously secretive Saudi Arabia tick.

The Genius of Omar Khayyam [electronic resource]

Omar Khayyam has enchanted readers ever since Edward FitzGerald translated his poetry and published it as The Rubaiyat in 1859. But few know that Khayyam was also a mathematician whose contributions during the Golden Age of Islam are still being lauded ten centuries later. Filmed in Iran, this program looks at the many accomplishments of Omar Khayyam and shows why a work that espouses a "live for the moment" philosophy resonated with the Victorian West as much as it now does with the people of modern Iran. In addition, cultural theorist Dariush Shayegan discusses themes in The Rubaiyat , Marcus du Satoy talks about the poet's mathematical prowess, and Helen Walker of the Royal Astronomical Society explains how Khayyam's reforms to the Persian calendar make it more accurate than the G [...]