- Published on Saturday, 21 July 2012 00:48
Saturday, 21th July 2012, 8:00 PM
Screening of the award-winning documentary film "Tomorrow's Land" and conversation with members of Operation Dove, who have maintained an international presence in the South Hebron Hills since 2004.
Ameer is only 12 years old, but he is already an adult. Every afternoon, after school, he tends to his family's herd of sheep. Ameer has a dream, passed down from generation to generation: seeing his land and his people freed from the injustices of Israeli military occupation.
All this is not a film. This is Ameer's daily reality.
Welcome to At-Tuwani, a small Palestinian village in the hills south-east of Hebron, in the West Bank's so-called Area C. The inhabitants of At-Tuwani, like all Palestinians in the West Bank, face military occupation, the absence of legal protection on the basis of the rights of citizenship, the continuously expanding Israeli settlements and the resulting tensions.
Located in Area C, however, At-Tuwani residents face a double level of oppression: the legalized violence of the Israeli army and the violence of settlers, tacitly authorized by the Israeli state.
In response to this consolidated system of injustice the Committee of Popular Resistance was born in the area of the South Hebron Hills. It is a direct expression of the revolt of local farmers and simultaneously a powerfully destabilizing factor for the Hamas-Fatah political duopoly.
Knowing and understanding the nature and force of this political experiment from below means entering into contact with the roots of contemporary Palestinian society and studying its social dynamics, dynamics that can create new political scenarios for the future.
Palestinian residents of the South Hebron Hills are currently under immediate threat of displacement and dispossession by the Israeli authorities. The AIC has accordingly selected to screen this film as our first event during Ramadan 2012.
We will be joined by members of Operation Dove, who have maintained an international presence in the South Hebron Hills area since 2004.
Please do join for this evening of solidarity with the residents of South Hebron Hills!
The AIC is a joint Palestinian-Israeli activist organization engaged in dissemination of information, political advocacy and grassroots activism. The AICafè is a political and cultural café open on Tuesday and Saturday night from 7pm until 10.30 pm. Every Thursday at 8 PM, the AICinema screens films from the Arab World and beyond. The AIC is located in the Alternative Information Center in Beit Sahour, close to Suq Sha'ab (follow the sign to Jadal Center). We have a small library with novels, political books and magazines. We also have a number of Films in DVD copies and the AIC publications which are aimed to critically analyze both Palestinian and Israeli societies, as well as the conflict itself.