This edition of Salaam Shalom: Report on Palestine/Israel airs the final part of the powerful film "Al Nakba" produced by Al Jazeera. The film's closing chapter addresses the devastating and long-lasting consequences of the War of 1948 for the 750,000 Palestinian refugees who were driven from their towns, villages and cities and denied the right to return home by the new Israeli state at war's end. It also documents Israel's expansion of its territorial conquests after a ceasefire was declared and during armistice talks, it's refusal to engage in meaningful peace talks with its Arab neighbors, the assassination of Count Folke Bernadotte, the UN's first-appointed mediator to the Middle East, by Jewish terrorists, and Israel's imposition of a military regime from 1948 to 1966 on the Palestinian community that remained in Israel after the war ended. The latter suffered discrimination, repression, denial of many civil rights and the confiscation of their land. The film makes clear that the War of 1948 never ended, and that Israeli policies of ethnic cleansing, land confiscations, and illegal settlement building in the occupied Palestinian territories since 1967 are a continuation of the Nakba and the Zionist colonial project in Palestine. This show also features a report by the Alternative Information Center in Jerusalem on the civil rights' struggle today by the Palestinian community in Acre, inside Israel, against official state and municipal policies to dispossess and marginalize them, and videotaped testimony by a former Israeli soldier on the political and ethical importance of Israel recognizing it is a conquering and oppressor nation. This last report was provided by the Israeli organization Breaking the Silence.
Special thanks to technical producer Danny Weiss and VTJP webmaster Jamie Brooks.
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