"Delegitimize Zionism," says Israeli filmmaker

Levy, Sarah

Publisher:  The Electronic Intifada
Date Written:  06/11/2014
Year Published:  2014  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX22007

An interview with Israeli filmaker Lia Tarachansky, whose film "On the Side of the Road" confronts the reality of the 1948 ethnic cleansing of Palestine, and examines how Israelis deal with that past today, how it is taught to youth, as well as which facts are included or deliberately ignored.



SL: How did you first hear about the Nakba?

LT: I was working as a journalist in Washington, DC when someone sent me a link to a video of a woman who was a veteran in 1948, who turned out to be Tikva Honig-Parnass.

In that clip, she talks about massive ethnic cleansing campaigns she was involved in, and up to that point I had always thought that if the occupation were to end, then everything would be fine. All the sudden I was hearing about these ethnic cleansing campaigns and that was really shocking.

So I picked up a book by Ilan Pappe called The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine and that was it for me. It was very clear to me that this [occupation of Palestine] is not just about any one or other fact on the ground; this is about a mentality and an ideology, Zionism. And in a way that makes it a lot harder to tackle because it's a lot more amorphous, but at the same time it makes it a lot easier to resolve because it's a conflict of ideas.
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