Video: May 2013 Delegation

Video from IFPB's 46th Delegation
May - June, 2013

The following videos were taken by delegates on Interfaith Peace-Builders' 46th delegation. With the exception of one, all videos were taken by Ralph Watkins. The delegation was co-sponsored by the Central Presbyterian Church of Atlanta and Joining Hands for Justice in Israel and Palestine. Click here to read reports from this delegation.

 

Featured Video:

Experiencing Israel and Palestine: Our Story Our Journey Our Experience (28 mins)
Filmmaker Ralph Watkins joined the delegation and produced this 28 minute feature video of the experience:

 

Video Clips:

Video:  We Arrive
By Ralph Watkins

Ralph Watkins uploaded this video of the group’s arrival in Jerusalem:



 


Video:  Nonviolent Resistance at the Al Aqsa Mosque
By Taylor Weech

Today, our group went on a walking tour of the diverse, important, and controversially close, religious sites within the Old City in Jerusalem. We started at the Western Wall (Wailing Wall), an important historical and religious site for Jews, and continued inside Haram Al-Sharif, the plaza that contains both the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, the third holiest site for Muslims.

The area is a point of contention that the Muslims who worship there feel they need to protect because of a history of conflict at the site. They fear Israeli state expansion into this part of the Old City and as a method of defending it, engage in a vigorous nonviolent resistance to make their presence known. Our guide, Said, said that often the large groups of women praying adjacent to Al-Aqsa will loudly chant "Allah wa Akbar" as groups of Israelis pass through the space.

Here is a short video I shot of the exchange, which happened just as Said finished explaining it to us:



 


VIDEO: Reconcile These Walls
By Ralph Watkins

Ralph Watkins posted this video of the delegations’ first full day in Jerusalem:



 


VIDEO: Omar Barghouti Speak on BDS
by Ralph Watkins

Ralph posted this video of the delegation's meeting with Omar Barghouti, a leader of the Palestinian movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions from Israel:


 


VIDEO: Crossing a Black Panther
By Ralph Watkins

Ralph sent in this video after the delegation's third day on the ground:

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VIDEO: The Good in Nazareth
By Ralph Watkins

Ralph posted this video of the delegation’s visit to Nazareth and reflections from some of the group members:


 

 

VIDEO: The Sea of Galilee and IFPB
by Ralp Watkins

Ralph posted this video of delegation getting (a little) wet:


 


VIDEO:  Don't Forget to Remember
By Ralph Watkins

Ralph posted this video featuring Women in Black and Rifqa Al-Kurd in Sheik Jarrah:




 

VIDEO: Deheisheh Refugee Camp
by Ralp Watkins

Ralph posted this video of the group's tour through the Deheisheh Refugee Camp near Bethlehem:


 


VIDEOS: We Shall Overcome (Homestays in Bil’in)
By Ralph Watkins

Ralph posted these moving videos from the delegation’s visit to the village of Bil’in.  Bil’in is in the West Bank northwest of Jerusalem.  It’s people are well known for creatively resisting Israeli attempts to colonize and annex their ancestral lands.  For the past 6 years, Bil’in residents have demonstrated every Friday and have even been successful in forcing Israel to reroute part of the Separation Wall built on their lands.

The first video shows the Wall and features village leaders talking about their resistance and the weapons Israeli soldiers use against them:

 

The second video features delegation leader Josh Ruebner questioning Abdallah Abu Rahme, a leader of the popular resistance in Bil'in, about his arrest and imprisonment by Israel:

 

The third video features Emad Burnat, whose film 5 Broken Camera's was nominated for an Academy Award in 2012, speaking about his film (and the next!):

 

The fourth video is shot the next day during breakfast, after group members spent the night in the homes of families in Bil’in:




 

VIDEOS: Voices of Palestinian Christians
By Ralph Watkins

Ralph posted these two videos featuring prominent members of the Palestinian Christian community whom the group met during their last few days on the ground.

The first video features Father Jamal Khader of the KAIROS Palestine committee:


The second video features Reverend Naim Ateek, a founder of Sabeel: The Palestinian Center for Liberation Theology:


 

 

VIDEO: Fire and Glass in Palestine
by Ralp Watkins

Ralph posted this video of one of Hebron's legendary glass blowers plying his age-old trade:


 

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