Sample Essay On What Did You Learn? What Is Your Reaction To The Movie?
The two movies present us 2 opposite points of view on this controversial issue. I learned that both Palestinians and Jews have the right to live in Israel, but both this nations cannot coexist. To some extent that is a failure of their leaders who didn’t manage to implement the partitioning plan. To me, Arabs seem to be more aggressive and intolerant. Both nations experienced hard times but Arabs are always reluctant to stop the war. Jews conquered the Israel, but they were not initiators of the conflict. Unwillingness of Palestinians to coexist led them to years of wandering, and even now they still tend to fight rather than to talk.
What connections can you make with other movies we have watched this semester or other things you have come across in school/life?
The first movie doesn’t take into account a lot of aspects of the conflict. I have talked to a representative of charitable organization “Israeli Emergency Fund”, who also told me about severe violations of human rights on both sides. In such type of war when two nations are desperate to fight for each piece of land casualties are indispensable. The accent should be done on the help to regulate the conflict, rather than to help either party. The US has been a bad friend, providing military aid, and thus escalating the conflict. To my mind we should think more about the reasons, not about the consequences. Only then we can stop the bloodshed.
The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict has been going on for nearly 70 years now, with efforts towards a peace agreement for over 20 years. From what you read in the readings, what do you think is the biggest obstacle to peace? Is it Palestinian or Israeli rejectionism that is it to blame? What do you think?
Both nations declare their ethnoreligious nationalism politics. The biggest obstacle to peace, to my mind, is Palestinian rejectionism not only of Israel as a home for Jews, but even of the idea of partitioning, which is the only solution in this case. Two separate states would really solve the problem. Jews want to see their country as "Jewish state" and Palestinians can’t withstand Jewish presence. But that are Palestinians who have rejected the idea of their states sovereignty twice in a decade. Since they agree to partitioning, the peaceful regulation would be possible.
What are your thoughts about the protests seen in the documentary? Do you think it is worth it (it’s just land and olive trees) to go out and protest every week? Or is it pointless? What do you think?
One of the points of the documentary was to show the young boys growing up in this type of environment. Do you think that this means the conflict will always exist for all generations to come? Is there hope to break this cycle of violence? When does it end?
Do a brief search on news about Israel & Palestine and tell me what you find. What is going on with this issue today?
Most articles on the web tell about the reasons and history of conflict, stating that issue is so controversial, that no point of view is really just or universal. The recent news tells about casualties of both parties to a conflict. The only positive piece of news was about Releasing Impounded Palestinian Tax Revenue