FORGET what you THINK you KNOW
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A thought-provoking and powerful documentary film on the current and historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict. Unlike any other film ever produced on the conflict -- 'Occupation 101' presents a comprehensive analysis of the
facts and hidden truths surrounding the never ending controversy and dispels many of its long-perceived myths and misconceptions.
The film also details life under Israeli military rule, the role of the United States in the conflict, and the major obstacles
that stand in the way of a lasting and viable peace. The roots of the conflict are explained through first-hand on-the-ground
experiences from leading Middle East scholars, peace activists, journalists, religious leaders and humanitarian workers whose
voices have too often been suppressed in American media outlets.
The film covers a wide range of topics -- which include -- the first wave of Jewish immigration from Europe in the 1880's,
the 1920 tensions, the 1948 war, the 1967 war, the first Intifada of 1987, the Oslo Peace Process, Settlement expansion, the
role of the United States Government, the second Intifada of 2000, the separation barrier and the Israeli withdrawal from
Gaza, as well as many heart wrenching testimonials from victims of this tragedy.
Occupation 101 features a leading list of some of the most credible Middle East scholars, historians, peace activists,
journalists, and humanitarian workers.
Dr. Albert Aghazarian
Director of Public Relations at Bier Ziet University. He is the most prominent Palestinian Armenian figure -- Headed press centre during Madrid conference.
Ambassador James Akins
Former (1963-1965) Attache at the US Embassy in Baghdad; Former (1973-1975) US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
Rabbi Arik Ascherman
Executive Director of Rabbis for Human Rights - an organization of Israeli rabbis committed to defending the human rights of all people in Israel and in the territories
under Israeli control.
Dr. William Baker
Former Professor of Ancient History and Biblical studies. Founder of Christians and Muslims for Peace.
Bishop Allen Bartlett, Jr.
Assisting Bishop (2001-2004) of the Diocese of Washington. The Episcopal Diocese of Washington comprises 93 Episcopal congregations in the District of Columbia and the Maryland counties
of Montgomery, Prince George's, Charles and Saint Mary's.
Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. An author, analyst, and activist on Middle East and UN issues. Helped found and co-chairs the U.S. Campaign to End Israeli Occupation.
Director of Emergencies at Human Rights Watch -- the largest human rights organization based in the United States. He has conducted extensive fact-finding investigations
into human rights abuses in the West Bank (Israeli Occupied Territory).
Former Advocacy Director with Amnesty International -- a Nobel Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with over 1.8 million members worldwide. Amnesty International
undertakes research and action focused on preventing and ending grave human rights abuses worldwide.
Institute Professor Emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. An Author and Analyst of Global
Affairs including, US foreign Policy, and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Author of "The fateful triangle: the United States,
Israel, and the Palestinians."
Father Drew Christiansen
Former director of the Office of International Justice and Peace, United States Catholic Conference (91-98) and served
as counselor on international affairs from (98-04). He traveled to the Holy Land numerous times to investigate the on-the-ground
reality facing the Palestinian Christian community.
Cindy and Craig Corrie
Parents of late peace activist Rachel Corrie -- who was killed by an Israeli Bulldozer while protesting the destruction
of a Palestinian doctor's home. Founders of the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice.
Visitor Outreach program director Catholic Relief Services in Jerusalem. His work brings him in direct contact with patriarchs and priests as well as with elected government officials,
human rights groups, and prominent members of both Palestinian and Israeli societies
Served on the United Nations Human Rights Fact-finding Commission (2001) to investigate international law violations and
human rights abuses in the West Bank and Gaza. Author and former Professor of International Law at Princeton University.
United States Congressman (1961-1983). Founder and Chairman of the Council for the National Interest. Author of "They Dare to Speak Out" and other books.
He served as director of World Vision's programs in Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip (1997-2001). Currently, he is director of humanitarian affairs and
international relations -- and is responsible for diplomatic relations with UN government member missions in Geneva.
Israeli peace activist and co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement. A peace movement committed to resisting the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land using nonviolent, direct-action methods
Co-founder of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions and a Professor of Anthropology at Ben Gurion University. He has researched and written extensively on Israeli society and
Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands.
Israeli Journalist living and working in the occupied territories, she writes for Ha'aretz -- an Israeli daily newspaper. She is the author of "Drinking the Sea at Gaza: Days and Nights in a Land under Siege."
He worked as an Interfaith Peacebuilder for the Fellowship of Reconciliation and took part in delegations to Israel/Palestine
to learn from Palestinian and Israeli peace activists and experience directly the situation of Palestinians living under military
She worked with the Christian Peacemaker Team in Hebron (West Bank) -- which embraces the vision of unarmed intervention
waged by committed peacemakers ready to risk injury and death in bold attempts to transform lethal conflict through nonviolent
Spokesperson of Gush Shalom -- an Israeli Peace Group which has played a leading role in determining the moral and political agenda of the peace forces
in Israel, as well as in breaking the so-called "national consensus" based on misinformation.
Israeli peace activist and founder of Women's Organization for Political Prisoners -- established with the objective of
helping female political prisoners who struggle against Israel's occupation of Palestinian territory. She was also a soldier
who served during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.
Director of the Middle East Institute - School of International and Public Affairs/Columbia University. Author of "Palestinian
Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness" and "British Policy towards Syria and Palestine" -- among other
Spokesperson of Yush Gvul -- an Israeli peace group campaigning against the occupation by backing soldiers who refuse duties of a repressive or aggressive
nature. He is an Israeli peace activist, freelance journalist, and author of "Refusenik!: Israel's Soldiers of Conscience."
Rabbi Michael Lerner
Rabbi of Beyt Tikkun and editor of TIKKUN magazine -- A Bimonthly Jewish Critique of Politics, Culture and Society. In 2002, He founded The Tikkun Community which brought hundreds of people to Washington, D.C. to a Teach-In to Congress on Middle East Peace.
Rabbi Rebecca Lillian
The spiritual leader of Temple Beth Or in Miami, FL. She was previously co-chair of the Jewish Peace Forum and, under its
auspices, organized Jewish peace delegations to Israel and the West Bank. She is currently on the Rabbinic Cabinet of the
Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace.
Roger Normand is co-founder and executive director of the Center for Economic and Social Rights in New York, and has led recent human rights missions to Iraq, Afghanistan and Israel and Palestine.
She is an American-born Israeli attorney who works on the front lines and defends Palestinians in Israeli courts against
house demolitions, land confiscations, torture, and illegal detentions. Her litigation won an Israeli Supreme Court banning
certain torture methods in Israel.
An Israeli-born lecturer from Haifa University. Through his life experiences and scholarly research he came to challenge
the common historical narrative of his state. He is one of the so called 'New Historians' who in the late 1980s exposed the
1948 ethnic cleansing Israel carried out in Palestine.
Dr. Iyad Sarraj
A prominent Palestinian psychiatrist who has undergone extensive research about the mental health condition of children
living and Gaza. He is the director of the Gaza Community Mental Health Program.
Research director of B'Tselem, an Israeli human rights group -- established in 1989 by a group of prominent academics, attorneys, journalists, and Knesset
members. It endeavors to document and educate the Israeli public and policymakers about human rights violations in the Occupied
An Israeli peace campaigner for more than 15 years, lives in Jerusalem. She is a founding member of the Coalition of Women for a Just Peace, a grouping of eight Israeli and Palestinian women's peace organizations.
Ambassador Edward Walker
His diplomatic career includes positions as US Ambassador to Israel (1997-1999), the Arab Republic of Egypt (1994-1997),
and the United Arab Emirates (1989-1992). He also served as Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs under the
American freelance journalist who has traveled independently throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip. She founded If Americans Knew and frequently lectures throughout the United States to misinformed and uninformed citizens on one of the most significant
issues affecting them today.