This edition of Salaam Shalom report on Palestine / Israel features an Alternate Focus production, The General’s Son, an Israeli perspective on the occupation and history of Israel. Miko Peled is a descendent of a prominent Israeli Zionist family. His grandfather signed Israel’s Declaration of Independence. His father fought in the War of 1948 and was a prominent general in the War of 1967, which concluded with the conquest of the West Bank, Gaza, Sinai, and Syria's Golan Heights. Miko Peled, the general’s son, is now a peace activist and he’s not afraid to confront some very ugly truths about his country’s history and its military occupation. But first, host Mark Hage reports a U.S. flagship, The Audacity of Hope will join 11 other international vessels for the second Gaza freedom flotilla. The flotilla will be carrying more than 1000 citizen activists from 22 nations. Their goal is to break Israel’s illegal and immoral siege of the Gaza Strip. 36 Americans from 14 states and the District of Columbia will be aboard the Audacity of Hope. We will be hearing from 5 of them. . . Our next report is a brilliant but short documentary by John Greyson, a Canadian filmmaker, who will also be joining the freedom flotilla. This video endorses the actions of the flotilla and also calls on the international community to support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign against apartheid Israel. The American novelist Alice Walker is featured in this video alluding to the great civil rights struggles of the 1950s and 60s. She says the freedom flotilla is this generation’s freedom ride. . . . Our next report are testimonies of a different sort, those of female Israeli soldiers. Many serve in the occupied territories in different capacities. Tamar Yarom, an Israeli filmmaker has captured the story of several of these woman. They document the violence, the degradation, and humiliation, the Palestinians suffer daily at the hands of the Israeli government and their occupation forces. But they also serve as a testament to the psychological and moral dangers that soldiers, in this case female soldiers, face as members of that occupation army. They, too, individually pay a very heavy price for being a part of an army that is crushing a struggle for national liberation. What you are about to see is footage from a brilliant and provocative film by Tamar Yarom. It’s called, “To See If I’m Smiling”. Salaam Shalom Report on Palestine / Israel is produced in Burlington, Vermont at the studios of Vermont Community Access Media (VCAM) by Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine Israel (VTJP.org).

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