by Dave Lippman
Star of Goliath is based on Dave Lippman’s visit to Palestine and Israel in the summer of 2004. In songs and pictures he details one of the world’s most persistent conflicts – its history, its present, and the prospects for justice and peace.
The United States inherited the role of control in the Middle East from previous colonial powers. U.S. taxpayers give billions of dollars a year to shore up Israel and support its policits, and the U.S. government uses its political might to thwart world opinion, which in recent times has turned decisively against the taking of other people’s land.
To understand Israeli and Palestine, then, you have to grasp not only the Jewish desire for a secure homeland and the Palestinian struggle for justice, but also the role Israel has taken in the Western domination of the region.
Plant a tree for Israel, they told me as a child
Pine trees brought from other lands
Like settlers on the moon, they stand
A little bit of arrogance as if the people here
Were never farmers for 14 centuries
You say you made the desert bloom
What happened to my orchard?
You say you needed living room
And so my land was tortured
Boldly addressing the history of Zionism and anti-Zionism, the Wall, Israeli military incursions, and the Right of Return, Lippman attempts to understand his Israeli cousins by juxtaposing typical Zionist justifications with the brutal realities of the occupation. The presentation is a triumph and represents the leaps acivists have made in developing creative educational tools. — The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs
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