Monday, November 24, 2014 6:45 p.m.
Style: documentary ~ Languages: Arabic with English subtitles ~ Format: video projection ~ Year released: 2013
Tickets: WPFS pass or $8 student, $10 others from The Little box office
This film is screening in the same program as Stone Cold Justice. Total running time for both films: 1 hour.
“Two villages: one story.” The story is Israeli suppression of the eponymous villages, one in the Negev west of the green line, the other in the West Bank near Hebron. This film shows Israel’s parallel displacement policies on both sides of the Green Line and people’s determination to resist as they seek to remain on their land.
Starting in 2010, Israelis demolished structures in the villages multiple times, ostensibly because they’re illegal or unrecognized or built without permits.
The real reason, one of the Bedouins interviewed said, is that “They [Israelis] don’t want to see a single Palestinian Arab.”
Also the Israel enacted Prawer Plan aims to destroy 35 “unrecognized” villages and displace 70,000 Bedouin citizens of Israel.”
Based in Boston, Nadia Ben-Youssef is USA Representative for Adalah, the organization that produced this film.
She is a human rights lawyer and international advocate working to promote the rights of Palestinian citizens of Israel and Palestinians living under Occupation. Since 2010, she has coordinated the international advocacy for Adalah, The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel. She was based in the Adalah’s Naqab (Negev) office in southern Israel.
In 2013 she began leading Adalah’s American advocacy efforts as the organization’s first U.S. Representative.
She is increasingly interested in the intersection between art and advocacy in advancing human rights. With Adalah, she has initiated film and photography projects that seek to visualize and humanize human rights violations in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
She obtained an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and graduated cum laude from Boston College Law School with a concentration in Human Rights and International Justice.
She’ll join us through Skype for the panel discussion.
Brad Parker is an attorney and international advocacy officer with Defence for Children International Palestine, an independent child-rights organization dedicated to defending and promoting the rights of children living in the occupied territories.
Brad Parker is international advocacy officer and staff attorney at Defence for Children International Palestine. He leads DCI-Palestine’s legal advocacy efforts on Palestinian children’s rights.
Parker regularly writes and speaks on the situation of Palestinian children in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, particularly issues involving detention, ill-treatment, and torture of child detainees within the Israeli military detention system and violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law.
He is a graduate of the University of Vermont and received his J.D. from the City University of New York School of Law.