Learning how to empathize with people under occupation

by Yaniv Reich on November 28, 2009

If Israelis and Americans just understood better what Palestinian life was like under Israeli occupation, then there would be far less sanctioning and acceptance of the brutal, 42-year long occupation. Or so I have long believed. In particular, I have argued the US citizenry has a critical role in pressuring their congresspeople to, in turn, apply pressure to Israel.

How do you educate Americans (and others) about life under occupation when the media has a difficult time portraying Palestinians as anything other than terrorists deserving of Israel’s civilized rule? Surely, a partial answer is videos like these:

If anyone has ideas about how to produce and disseminate videos like this in the US, which convey the harsh realities of occupation, I would love to hear them.

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