can’t see the forest

An Excellent Documentary On the Illegal Occupation of the West Bank and Gaza

If you’ve not yet seen it, I am glad to recommend Peace, Propaganda, and the Promised Land, an excellent documentary on (primarily) U.S. media coverage of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and of the Gaza Strip. The United Nations called on Israel to withdraw from these areas in 1967; solely because of continued intervention and obfuscation by the United States, the United Kingdom, and a few of their allies, Israel has yet to comply with this aging resolution. As a result, both Palestinians and Israelis have been forced to accept a drastically compromised quality of life; though, as this documentary amply demonstrates, the balance is hardly even.

From the Book of Joshua, Chapter 9:

The people of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and Ai.

So they worked out a ruse. They put worn-out sacks on their donkeys, dressed in worn-out clothes and patched-up sandals, and took bread that was dry and hard. They came to Joshua at the camp at Gilgal and said to him, and the men of Israel, ‘We have come from a distant land. Make a treaty with us.’

The men of Israel said to the Hivites, ‘For all we know, you live nearby. So how could we make a treaty with you?’

‘Here is our bread. It was warm when we set out, but now as you can see, it is dry and hard. And our clothes are worn from traveling so far.’

The Israelite leaders sampled some of the food, but they did not consult with Yahweh.

So Joshua made peace with them, and struck a treaty guaranteeing their lives.

Three days after making the treaty, the Israelites found out they were from the local area and lived nearby.

The Israelites did not attack them, since the leaders of the community had sworn by Yahweh.

The Gibeonites said to Joshua, ‘We had been told how Yahweh your god commanded you destroy all the inhabitants of this land, and we were terrified for our lives.’

Joshua said, ‘You are now cursed to perpetual enslavement.’


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