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Julia Bacha

  • No happy ending: Film documents the struggle in Sheikh Jarrah

    Just Vision's latest film is a moving snapshot of the Palestinian plight with Israeli settlement policies in an East Jerusalem neighborhood -  and the Israeli Jews that raised awareness about the issue by protesting there. While there is no happy ending, the movie introduces audiences to some of the Palestinians and Israelis who found themselves taking part in a common struggle.  On several occasions during the winter of 2009-2010, I joined a small group of Israeli protesters who walked on Friday afternoon from downtown West Jerusalem to a demonstration in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. They carried red…

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  • As Budrus opens in US, film hero is denied exit from West Bank

    Budrus, a documentary about the unarmed struggle of a Palestinian village against the confiscation of its land for the construction of Israel's security barrier, is opening today in cinemas in the US and in Israel. I watched Budrus twice, a few months ago in Israel and last night in NY, in a special screening attended by Queen Noor of Jordan. I found the film as inspiring and compelling as it was on the first time I saw it. In 2003-2004, Budrus played a key role in what became, in my opinion, the most important grassroots effort of the decade: the…

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