Screening date: 21-11-2007 -- 20h30
The Iron Wall

In 1923 Vladimir Jabotinsky, leading intellectual of the Zionist movement and father of the right wing of that movement, wrote…

"Zionist colonization must either stop, or else proceed regardless of the native population.  Which means that it can proceed and develop only under the protection of a power that is independent of the native population – behind an IRON WALL, which the native population cannot breach."

From that day these words became the official unspoken policy of the Zionist movement and later the state of Israel.  Settlements were used from the beginning to create a Zionist foothold in Palestine.

After 1967 and the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, the aim of the settlement movement became clear – create facts on the ground and make the creation of a Palestinian state impossible. Thirty-nine years of occupation and the policy started showing results.  There are now more than 200 settlements and outposts scattered throughout the West Bank blocking the geographic possibility of a continuous Palestinian territory.

The Iron Wall exposes this phenomenon and follows the timeline, size, population of the settlements, and its impact on the peace process.  This film also touches on the latest project to make the settlements a permanent fact on the ground – the wall that Israel is building in the West Bank and its impact on the Palestinian people.

Settlements and related infrastructures are impacting every aspect of life for all Palestinians from land confiscation, theft of natural resources, confiscation of the basic human rights, creation of an apartheid-like system, to the devastating impact regarding the future of the region and the prospect of the peace process.

Palestinians and Israelis began the peace process based on a very simple principle, land for peace.  Settlements destroy that principle and create a land with no peace.

Country: Palestine
Production : Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees
Palestinians for Peace & Democracy
Film Site: The Iron Wall
Year: 2006
Director: Mohammed Alatar
DVD - Color - 58 min

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Mr. Mohammed Alatar, a Palestinian American, is the founder and director of Palestinians for Peace and Democracy, which is committed to achieving peace and human rights for the Palestinian people through non-violent activism, dialogue, education and empowerment. Mohammed organizes and leads workshops and seminars throughout North America, the Middle East and Europe. He has initiated campus dialogues, including projects aimed at bringing together youth and students from campuses in Palestine, Israel and North America. Believing that the best way to learn about the conflict is first hand and from those who live it on a daily basis, Mr. Alatar  organizes and leads joint study tours for Jews, Muslims and Christians to Palestine, Israel and Jordan in order to equip participants with the skills to return home as better informed activists. Among the recognition received, Mr. Alatar was nominated for the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award (2000).

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