Palestine Is Still The Issue

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In 1977, the award-winning journalist and film-maker, John Pilger, made a documentary called Palestine Is Still The Issue. He told how almost a million Palestinians had been forced off their land in 1948, and again in 1967.

In this in-depth documentary, he has returned to the West Bank of the Jordan and Gaza, and to Israel, to ask why the Palestinians, whose right of return was affirmed by the United Nations more than half a century ago, are still caught in a terrible limbo — refugees in their own land, controlled by Israel in the longest military occupation in modern times.

In a series of extraordinary interviews with both Palestinians and Israelis, John Pilger weaves together the issue of Palestine. He speaks to the families of suicide bombers and their victims; he sees the humiliation of Palestinians imposed on them at myriad checkpoints and with a permit system not dissimilar to apartheid South Africa’s infamous pass laws. He goes into the refugee camps and meets children who, he says, “no longer dream like other children, or if they do, it is about death.” Continually asking for the solution, John Pilger says it is time to bring justice, as well as peace, to Palestine.

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  • Idea Dojo

    Maybe G-d hates the Palestinians? Just saying… everything happens for a reason. The losers of history need to examine themselves, and stop blaming others for their problems!!!! 

    • A_dabat

      would you say that God hated the jews because Hitler decided to persecute and murder 6 million of them? Can you not see the hypocrisy in your logic? oh i forgot you’re a Zionist. 

    • A_dabat

      would you say that God hated the jews because Hitler decided to persecute and murder 6 million of them? Can you not see the hypocrisy in your logic? oh i forgot you’re a Zionist. 

    • Gordon

      Yes the Palestinians blame others for their problems – they blame the evil, voracious cancer that is the others that was beset upon them. And the Americans that will protect Israel at any cost. Wouldn’t you?

      • American

        no

  • Idea Dojo

    Maybe G-d hates the Palestinians? Just saying… everything happens for a reason. The losers of history need to examine themselves, and stop blaming others for their problems!!!! 

  • Mutd

    By your retarded logic hitler gassed and burned 6 million jews cuz god hates em and jews should quit bitchin about it..face it man Israel is a terrorist state backed up America “the most noble”, u fucking Zionists make me sick, with your Palestinian Holocaust, ur no better than hitler!! 

    • Hykomdamor

      you dont know anythign about zionists you idiot , everyone points to it as such a bad thing! i am a zionist and proud , it is the belief in our right to a home which you have all denied us for centuries whilst persecuting us worse than anyother in any time before.
      the poor palestinians who rejected the 1948 partition plan which gave them an arab state called palestine which FYI the jews agreed to , are now demanding we give them back what they are owed…. well i tell you over my dead body will i give my land to a person who wants not only to kill israelis but also to kill jews , a government who condones suicide bombings and human shields , you can give me all the anti israel anti zionist replies youw ant , but the reality is you have not served in the idf , you do not live here and you do not see the  reality of it , you swallow the spoonfullls of anti zionist anti semitic propaganda designed to de legitimise the state which has more of a right than any other in the world to be there. not only is this true , but there was never a state of palestine….. before israel there was the ottoman empires control over the land , then the british took it in WWI and the balfour declaration and bam you have israel , there was no palestine. palestine is a name given by the romans to the land itself,  there is no such thing as a “palestinian” they are a mix of jordanians,syrians and lebanese. This concoction created by the former heads of the “palestinian” higherarcy that they are a strong peoples who are defending their land is bullshit. they had no nationalism no flag no national anthem no borders prior to israel, it is once the jews come that they decide to make a fuss , even when we accepted the 1948 partition plan which they rejected , all who watch this documentary good luck keep swallowing this propaganda and you will carry on regurjetating the shit that the western adn arab media want you to , how about you do your own research and try look at both sides of the argument before you are so quick to attack the Zionists….

  • Hykomdamor

    you dont know anythign about zionists you idiot , everyone points to it as such a bad thing! i am a zionist and proud , it is the belief in our right to a home which you have all denied us for centuries whilst persecuting us worse than anyother in any time before.
    the poor palestinians who rejected the 1948 partition plan which gave them an arab state called palestine which FYI the jews agreed to , are now demanding we give them back what they are owed…. well i tell you over my dead body will i give my land to a person who wants not only to kill israelis but also to kill jews , a government who condones suicide bombings and human shields , you can give me all the anti israel anti zionist replies youw ant , but the reality is you have not served in the idf , you do not live here and you do not see the  reality of it , you swallow the spoonfullls of anti zionist anti semitic propaganda designed to de legitimise the state which has more of a right than any other in the world to be there. not only is this true , but there was never a state of palestine….. before israel there was the ottoman empires control over the land , then the british took it in WWI and the balfour declaration and bam you have israel , there was no palestine. palestine is a name given by the romans to the land itself,  there is no such thing as a “palestinian” they are a mix of jordanians,syrians and lebanese. This concoction created by the former heads of the “palestinian” higherarcy that they are a strong peoples who are defending their land is bullshit. they had no nationalism no flag no national anthem no borders prior to israel, it is once the jews come that they decide to make a fuss , even when we accepted the 1948 partition plan which they rejected , all who watch this documentary good luck keep swallowing this propaganda and you will carry on regurjetating the shit that the western adn arab media want you to , how about you do your own research and try look at both sides of the argument before you are so quick to attack the Zionists….

    • Gtdik

      u keep mentioning 1948. well in 1967 everybody knew what happened in 1948…AND THEY ALL MADE A NEW AGREEMENT! And I hear BOTH sides speak hateful about one another. Your problem is u were born into one side, and so, just like every jew or every palestinian, you take your side of the arguement. Kinda obvious. I, however do not have a leaning. What I see are settlements being built and the WHOLE WORLD condemns it. If we, the US, cut off military aid to you if u didnt stop building settlements, youd stop tomorrow. The reality is america protects you, otherwise youd be dead. we supply you the weapons you need, but we shud stop…until u stop acting like a bully child who just wants his way. wake up…if u woke up a palesinian youd be arguing the other side….duh.

      • Hykomdamor

        israel has sat at the table many times with the palestinians with a hope to find peace , we have given them jerusalem , gaza e.t.c for peace , yet we are rewarded with rockets.
        now the whole world condemns not because it is right or wrong it is a political insterest!
        where is the world condemnation for whats happening in bahrain ?! yemen?!
        none , because countries have an interest in them
        you see what the media wants you to see , you are bias without knowing it , if i keep showing you a jew killing a muslim you will take the side of the muslim , but whose to say that is the hwole story , and jsut because i was born here doesnt mean you should underestimate my understanding !
        and there are israelis who argue th epalestinian side , and arabs who argue the israeli side
        the bottom line is facts regardless of what you think
        israel has publicly tried to make peace , and even now the south of israel is reigned down with katusha missiles daily , however im sure your media outlets wouldnt be showing you this because of course we are th emean bad israelis who are thirsty for arab blood…….

        and if you knew anything you would know israel is one of the fastest growing economies in the world , 90% of legal diamonds pass through israel , its military infrastructure is much larger than it was
        and its predicted in the next few years when america suffers from being the worlds biggest debtor , israel will be financially strong enough to not take aid anymore 

        plus dont think the aid america gives us is for no reason , we are fighting on the front line , without us , you would have these psycho fundementalists looking right at your “land of the free” , who is next once we are not there…..bingo
        you give us money for a service we provide you , not because of some blood libel about the israel lobby or the strength of jews in politics , it is because we are a major strategic asset  which you could not do without

    • Carolridley34

      It’s so sad that a people so persecuted in history have become the persecutors.

      The fact is that since 2000 six times more Palestinians have been killed by Israelis than Israelis by Palestinians. (Figures from an Israeli organisation). Six times more! Including children. I think there were over 300 Palestinian children compared to 40 something Israeli children. Take your blinkers off and look at it from all sides, if you dare.

      What you don’t understand is that people in the West are starting to look at the situation differently. Look, there’s no reason for us in the West to be on the side of the Arabs/Muslims after 9/11, 7/7. But we don’t look on the situation with blinkers on, as you so obviously do.

      If you steal peoples homes and restrict their movements and treat them like vermin what do you expect them to do, just take it? Does that remind you of anything? Step back from your hatred and try to look at the situation dispationately, if you are able to.

  • Freepalestina

    Death to Israel and the Zionists, Allah wil deal with you Jews and Zionists on the Day of Ressurection. Death to all of you jewish pigs!

    • Hykomdamor

      and this is the reason you will never have a state , will never live in peace , and will never be happy
      hate hate hate hate
      you a filth , and what we do with filth is put it in the trash and burn it , as you say inshlla that will happen to you and any likeminded individual as yourself 
      fuck off to saudi arabia or any o your other 52 muslim countries if you dont like it 

  • Hykomdamor

    ISRAEL FOREVER I LOVE YOU <3 <3

    EL EL ISRAEL 

    אל אל ישראל !!!!

  • Ttt60

    And there it is the reason i was waiting for most of this Doco – Israel can’t give the land back “Can’t” (even though that’s likely the first step towards peace) because GOD gave them the land – Another issue made and or maintained by religious Retardation.

  • catfish75134

    zionist = terrorist!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dan

    no ethnic group or religious group has any special right to any land. If it wasn’t for all the guns, it’d be funny. They should stop acting like kids.

  • Gabriels_wings1968

    pro palestine or pro israel isn’t the issue. Humanity should override any such biased opinion but unfortunately the people in power are not interested in humanity but only in their own self advancement. We should all rise up and revolt against those in power and take back what rightly belongs to us…our humanity. I have only known war and death in my time here on Earth and frankly I am fed up with all these old men sending our young men to their deaths with unwarranted acts of violence and war for their own gratification. I don’t see the offspring of Blair, Bush, Sarkozy, Putin, Berlusconi or indeed the offspring of any politician fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan? We all know in our hearts what’s right or wrong but yet we still choose to do nothing? I don’t need the writings of the Bible or Koran to teach me how to be a Human Being. My heart tells me.