Where Shoul The Birds Fly

2023: Israel launches a genocidal attack on Gaza. Its most grotesque to date. But not the first. In December of 2008 Israel launched a month of bullets, bombs, rockets, white phosphorus, tanks and bulldozers that left 1400, mostly civilians, dead and devastated large swaths of Gaza .Where Should the Birds Fly is a compelling and moving Palestinian film based on the story of two remarkable young women, the future of Palestine, who personify the struggle to maintain humanity, humor and hope, and to find some degree of normality in the brutal abnormality that has been imposed on them and the Palestinian people by Israel with US support.

 Director: Fida Qishta; Editor: Gladys Joujou; 2013, 1:01:14)

More Deep Dish TV Videos on Palestine

Transformation of Palestine / Israel

Panel discussion on the logic of a single State resolution of the Palestine / Israel conflict and specific steps to achieve a solution. Participants included: Rabbi Dr. Susan L Einbinder – professor of Hebrew Literature at the Hebrew Union College (moderator) Amaya Galili – Israeli Activist and Coordinator of Education Programs at Zochrot (Remembering) Kathleen Cristison, former CIA analyst and author of “The Wound of Dispossession: Telling the Palestinian Story.” Ali Abunimah – Cofounder of “ei-electric intifada”  ( 2008,59 min)

((Producers: Chase Pierson, Cory Brice, Brian Drolet)

 

The Gas Mono-logues

Stories by children of Gaza in the aftermath of the 2008-9 Israeli attack on Gaza that killed at least 1380 people and wounded tens of thousands.  Originally produce and performed  by children of Gaza, the monologues were sent out to the world and performed simultaneously on October 17th 2010 by over 1500 youngsters in more than 50 cities in 36 countries all over the. This film documents the November 2010 performance at the United Nations in New York  by young actors from 22 countries. (28 min.)

Producers and Directors: Iman Aoun Ashtar Theater, Ramallah and Shauna Kanter Voices Theater, NY 

 

Imperial Geography

A look at the maps of Palestine over the decades provides insight into the conflict that has roiled the Middle East for more than seventy years. "Imperial Geography - Palestine and Israel" examines the role of the imperial cartographers, the European and American mapmakers, in setting up the horrors that have unfolded in the anything but holy "Holy Land." Was Palestine a “land without people” waiting for a “people without land”?  Or? ” (28 min)

(Producers: John Bertucci and Brian Drolet, 2002 for Free Speech TV )

The Russell Tribunal on Palestine

The fourth session of the Tribunal focused on the complicity of the United States of America (U.S.) and the failings of the United Nations (UN) regarding the Israeli breaches of international law towards Palestine and Palestinians. There is now a situation in which Israel has achieved a status of immunity and impunity, facilitated by the U.S., despite its complete disregard for the norms and standards of international law.   (Producer: Brian Drolet, Director Rebecca Centeno, 120 min, 2012)

We sre the Palestinian People

A compelling account of the conflict between the Zionist settlers of Palestine and the indigenous Palestinian Arabs. The film traces the long history of Arab resistance, from the early rebellions against Turkish rule in 1915 and the general strikes in the 1930s and 40s against British control of Palestine, to the present struggle of the Palestinian refugees to regain their homeland.                                                           San Francisco Newsreel (CineNews) (1973, 51 min

Gaza: A Call To Act

2009 - An Emergency Call  For  Gaza: To oppose  Israel - U.S.  ethnic cleansing and genocide of the Palestinians. 2023 is only the most vicious and murderous.

2009 at NYC Ethical Culture Society

Andy Zee - Intro

  Abdeen Jabara         Chris Hedges,     Adam Shapiro,         Peter Weiss.        Vanessa Redgrave,    Naija Said,                   Alan Goodman       Cynthia McKinney

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More Video on Palestine by Other Filmakers & Distributors

In a  Dec 23rd Christmas Liturgy of Lament, Rev Munther Isaac, a Lutheran pastor in Bethlehem,  said: If Christ were born today he would be born in the rubble of Gaza." In the U.S. "they send us bombs while celebrating Christmas in their land. They celebrate the prince of peace in their land while playing the drum of war in our land." "Stop this genocide now!

Just months after the 2009 assault on Gaza, filmmaker Jen Marlowe visited Gaza, spending several days with the Awajah family. Wafaa described the execution of their son, Ibrahim. As she spoke, her children played on the rubble of their destroyed home. Kamal talked about struggling to help his kids heal from trauma. Palestinians in Gaza are depicted either as violent terrorists or as helpless victims. The Awajah family challenges both portrayals.

In 204 Israel launched anothe  murderous and destructive attack on Gaza.  In 2019 Donkey Saddle Projects partnered with with the Institute for Middl East Understanding  and Just Vision, to publish  five videos in five weeks marking five years since the 2014 Israeli assault on Gaza, offering a powerful and poignant reminder of the human costs of siege and war—while highlighting the hope that springs from the resilience of Palestinians in Gaza.   

 A film project that explores the parallel reality of ethnic cleansing and genocide of Native Americans and Palestinians. View all the films on the website. Here are three:                                  Bedouins of Jericho (8min 2021)  

 Indian Winter (26min 2017)                                                                                            The History of the Camp   (10min  2015)        

 

Disturbing, powerful and emotional, the Norwegian documentary Tears of Gaza documents with a minimum of gloss the 2008 to 2009 bombing of Gaza by the Israeli military. Photographed by Palestinian cameramen both during and after the offensive, this powerful film by director Vibeke Løkkeberg focuses on the impact of the attacks on the civilian population.

More journalists have been killed by Israel in three months of Gaza war than in all  6 years of World War II or 10+ years of the U.S. war on Vietnam. The U.S. newspapers and television media hav remained virtually silent as their colleagues have been murdered. There is strong evidence that many of these killings sre targeted.

Al Jazeera report

 

Deep Dish TV Documents the U.S. War on Iraq

                                                                 Shocking and Awful - Resistance to War and Occupation                                                            13 half-hour programs on the U.S. 2003 - 2011 destructive invasion and occupation  of Iraq 

In response to the attempt to "shock and awe" Iraq into submission, Deep Dish TV put out a call to artists, filmmakers and editors to create this powerful series. Each of the 13 programs contains segments produced by different artists and activists, collaged together by the program editors.  Even after American bombs and bullets stopped and the majority of troops withdrew, the toll on Iraqi civilians and the countries economic and social structure continues.  Here at home we are seeing how waging a "perpetual war" is affecting our own lives as well.   The iconic image for the series is Picasso's Guerinica

 The World Tribunal on Iraq

The WTI was held in 16 cities across the globe. Deep Dish TV participated in and broadcast the hearings in New York City and the Final Session in Istanbul Turkey

Winter Soldier - Iraq and Afghanistan

In March 2008 Deep Dish TV filmed 4 days of testimony organized by Iraq Veterans Against the War. Over 200 active duty soldiers and veterans of the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,  Inspired by the 1971 Winter Soldier hearings of active duty military and veterans of the Vietnam War, they came together in Washington DC to testify to just what they had done and the disastrous impact it had on the people of Iraq and Afghanistan.  

Shocking and Awful

  Part 1 of a thirteen part series from Deep Dish TV on the war in Iraq. The programs address the implications and consequences of United States  military actions in Iraq and shows how people are mobilizing to deal with the issues raised by the war. Price is for the Shocking and Awful series.

 

Standing with the Women of Iraq  asks what the U.S. invasion and occupation has meant for the women of Iraq.  In this program their passionate statements of resistance are intercut with actions by Code Pink, Women in Black and others who have been at the forefront of protests against the war in the U.S..

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In the wake of 911, the U.S. government launched a 21st century pogrom against Arabs and Muslims in the U.S, inflaming racial and religious hatreds and fears. Violence against immigrants, especially Arabs, imprisonment without trial, especially for Muslims became shockingly common occurrences in the United States. Jason da Silva's film tracks the heavy hand of the state as it disrupted the lives of so many ordinary people in launching of the Bush administration's "War on Terror." 

 Picasso responded to the fascist takeover of Spain in the 1930s with his famous painting Guernica. Artists and cultural performances invigorated and enlivened resistance to America's  imperial war and occupation of Iraq with music, murals, street performance, comedy, cartoon animations and giant puppets. 

 

Dance of Death examines the relationship between U.S. soldier-occupiers and the Iraqi people. What impact did this interaction have on the soldiers and their families, what hopes or resentments has it fueled in the people of Iraq? From the U.S. invasion in 2003 until 2017 It is estimated that close to 2 million Iraqis have died from violence and the chaos unleashed by the  US occupation. 7,000 U.S. soldiers were killed between 2003 and 2011. Over 30,000 Iraq war US veterans and active duty soldiers have committed suicide.

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The military occupation of Iraq has enabled the U.S. to enforce privatization of the Iraqi economy, in effect, selling off Iraq's assets to foreign investors. A look at the challenges to privatization. Part seven of a twelve part series from Deep Dish TV on the war in Iraq. The programs address the implications and consequences of the recent military actions in Iraq and show how people are mobilizing to deal with the issues raised by the war.

Documents the massive protests of tens of millions of people throughout the world in opposition to the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Sounds and images from 16 countries show passionate and creative reactions to militarism and occupation. The program addresses  consequences of the US military actions in Iraq and show how people mobilized to fight back against the most powerful country in the world. Reminder: the US lost the war on Iraq, and Afghanistan, as it did the war it waged in Vietnam. Protest matters.

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The mainstream television networks   fan the flames of war. And have profited from doing so. This program looks at how the U.S. corporate media  sanitized our field of vision durng the Iraq war. 

This episode focuses on the millions of Americans who  said, NO! to the invasion and occupation of Iraq and the larger Bush agenda of clampdowns on free speech, increased spying on citizens and the elimination of civil liberties. Segments include, 

Filmmaker Dario Bellini has created a haunting collage of visual images that shows the human face of war: the Iraqi men and women and children who have been the victims of the U.S. invasion and occupation. 

In November 2004 the United States aerial and artillery bombing destroyed Fallujah, the Iraqi City of Mosques. In 1968 the U.S. destroyed the Vietnamese city of Ben Tre. A U.S. major told CNN reporter Peter Arnett: "It became necessary to destroy the city in order to save it." One may ask: "For whom?" 

The World Tribunal on Iraq
New York and Istanbul
June 2005

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Have leaders of the United States committed war crimes in Iraq?  The verdict is YES. The World Tribunal on Iraq was a global citizens inquiry of conscience that examined the charges of criminality in the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq. Modeled after the Satre-Bertrand Russell Vietnam War Tribunal, the WTI held 16 sessions from Genoa, Rome, Barcelona, Seoul, Mumbai, Brussels, Hiroshima, Copenhagen, New York City, with the concluding session in Istanbul, Turkey.

The final session of the WTI took place in Istanbul, Turkey in June 2005, two years after the U.S. invaded and occupied Iraq.  By 2017 the U.S. invasion and its aftermath left over 1 million Iraqis dead and countless injured. The WTI’s Jury of Conscience stated, "The attack on Iraq is an attack on justice, on liberty, on our safety, on our future, on us all ."The WTI purpose was  to challenge the justifications concerning the lead-up and execution to the war in Iraq.

In June 2005 Deep Dish TV organized an international team of journalists to provide global live satellite coverage of the World Tribunal on Iraq final session in Istanbul, Turkey. In addition to the final report of the Jury of Conscience read by its chairperson Arundhati Roy and introductory remarks and presentation excerpts by witnesses, David Barsamian of Alternative Radio interviewed speakers and participants.

Nadje-Al-Ali
Testimony at the WTI Istanbul
"Iraq Gender and War"

Nadje-Al-Ali is currently the Robert Family Professor of International Studies at Brown University and director of Middle East Studies at Brown's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. From 2010 to 2018 she taught at SOAS University of London as a professor of gender studies.

Ayse Gul Altinay 
Testimony at the WTI Istanbul
"Militarism and the Culture of Violence"

Ayşe Gül Altınay is a professor of anthropology at Sabancı University in Turkey and director of the university's Gender and Women's Studies Center of Excellence. She works in the fields of anthropology, cultural studies, and gender studies, focusing especially on militarism, violence, and memory.

Walden Bello
Testimony at the WTI Istanbul
"The Responsibility of the Coalition of the Willing and Their Supporters"

Bello is a Filipino academic who served as a member of the House of Representatives of the Philippines. He is an international adjunct professor at Binghamton University,professor of sociology and public administration at the University of the Philippines Diliman, and executive director of regional policy think-tank Focus on the Global South. He is also the founder and chairperson of  Laban ng Masa. (lit. Fight of the Masses)

Dahr Jamail
Testimony at the WTI Istanbul
"War Crimes and the Current Situation in Iraq" (2005)

Dahr Jamail  is an American journalist who was one of the few unembedded  journalists to report extensively from Iraq during the2003 US invasion of Iraq.. In 2024 US officials decry the Russian crimes in Ukraine but were and are silent about the atrocious war crimes committed by the US in Iraq, Afghanistan and now Palestine. Jamail spent eight months in Iraq, between 2003 and 2005, and presented his stories on his website, entitled "Dahr Jamail's MidEast Dispatches." Jamail has been a reporter for Truthout and has also written forAl Jazeera  He has been a frequent guest on  Democracy Now!, and is the recipient of the 2008 Martha Gelhorn Prize for Journalism.

Barbara Olshansky
Testimony at the WTI Istanbul
 "Guantanamo, International Law and the U.S. War on Terror"

Barbara Olshansky  is a human rights lawyer in the US. She worked for many years as an attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights, fighting through the courts against the US governments efforts to keep secret all information about the more than 1500 men and women who were taken from their homes and places of work on the basis of frivilous information and imprisoned in Guantanamo, without charges. After leaving the Center, she was the Director of the International Justice Network. 

Niloufer Bhagwat
Testimony at the WTI Istanbul
 "The `Privitization of War"

Niloufer Bhagwat of India, has been Vice President of the Mumbai based Indian Lawyers Association testified to the economic interests behind the U.S. war on Iraq and the complicity of corporations and the corporate economic system. The military-industrial complex, oil and energy corporations and other US corporation in alliance with the US administration This program also includes an excerpt from Iraqi attorney Amal Sadawi on the use of torture by the U.S. in Iraq prisons.


 

Joel Kovel
Testimony at the WTI Istanbul
"The Ecological Implications of the War"

Joel Kovel (August 27, 1936 – April 30, 2018) was an American scholar and author known as a founder of eco-socialism and co-author of the Ecosocialist Manifesto. He graduated summa cum laude from Yale University and received his MD from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and  a post-graduate degree from the Psychoanalytic Institute, Downstate Medical Center Institute. He later left medicine and taught political science and communication at the University of California at San Diego. From 1988 to 2009 he held the Alger Hiss Chair of Social Studies at Bard College. He was removed from that position in 2009 after publication of his book Overcoming Zionism. - Creating A Single Democratic State in Israel/Palestine. 

Souad Naji Al-Azzawi
Testimony at the WTI Istanbul
"Radiation Contamination in Iraq"

Souad Naji Al-Azzawi is a former Vice-President of Mamoun University of Scientific Affaires; former professor of environmental engineering at Baghdad Univ., recipient of the 2023 Nuclear-Free Future Award for her work on environmental contamination after the Gulf War in Iraq.

 

Herbert Docena
Testimony at the WTIstanbul
"Economic Colonialization"

Herbert Docena  writes: "As direct occupiers, the United States had enacted laws which give foreign investors equal rights as Iraqis in the domestic market; permit the full repatriation of profits; institute the flat tax system; abolish tariffs; enforce a strict intellectual property rights regime; sell off a whole range of state-owned companies; reduce food and fuel subsidies; and privatize all kinds of social services such as health, education, water delivery, etc." But in 2005  Iraqi politicians were negotiating a constitution that said:"Iraq’s vast oil wealth [was] to be spent upholding every Iraqi’s right to education, health care, housing, and other social services. “Social justice is the basis of building society,” the draft declared. All of Iraq’s natural resources would be owned collectively by the Iraqi people." 

By the time the next version was leaked in late July2005, the progressive provisions in the draft constitution had disappeared.

 

Biju Matheu
Testimony at the WTI Istanbul
"Iraq: On Losing a Despicable War"

Biju Mathew is a New York-based Marxist activist-intellectual. An immigrant from India, he teaches Information Systems and American studies at Rider University (New Jersey). A veteran labor organizer, he co-founded the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, is a founding secretary of the National Taxi Workers Alliance, and president of the International Alliance of App-Based Transport Workers

 

Christine Chinkin 
Testimony at the WTI Istanbul
"Human Security in Iraq"

Christine Chinkin  was Advisor to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and member of the London Commission of Inquiry that submitted an appeal to the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Tony Blair and members of the UK government. She is is an internationally respected scholar of public international law, alternative dispute resolution, international criminal law, international human rights, especially women's human rights, and the intersection of feminist jurisprudence and international law. She is currently the director of the Centre for Women, Peace, and Security at the London School of Economics

Denis Halliday
Testimony at the WTI Istanbul
"The Conduct of the UN"

Denis Halliday is an Irish diplomat.He was an Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq from 1 September 1997 until 1998. He resigned over what he called the "immoral policy" of economic sanctions.  What  found in Idraq was a country being slowly strangled by a draconian U.S./U.K. blockade.

 

Khaled Famey
Testimony at the WTI Istanbul
"The Responsibility of the Arab Governments in the Iraq War"

Khaled Fahmy is an historian of the modern Middle East with special emphasis on nineteenth century Egypt. Educated at the American University in Cairo and the University of Oxford, He currently teaches at Tufts University. He  has also taught at Princeton, NYU, Columbia, Harvard and Cambridge Universities,

Corinne Kumar
Testimony at the WTI Istanbul
"For a New Political Imaginary"

Dr. Corinne Kumar is an Indian storyteller, philosopher, poet, human rights theoretician, and activist. She is the International Coordinator of the World Courts of Women, which aims to hold governments accountable for crimes against women and crimes of war. She also served as the Secretary General of El Taller International, an international NGO committed to international women's human rights.

Arundhati Roy
Testimony at the WTI Istanbul
"An Enemy of the State"

Arundhati Roy was Chairperson of the Jury of Conscience at the World Tribunal on Iraq, the final session held in Istanbul, Turkey in June 2005. She is an award winning novelist, author of numerous books of radical global political analysis and a tireless organizer and activist for human rights and the transformation of current global economic and social systems and a visionary of human potentialities, as well as the obstacles to creating non-exploitative societies that will liberate those potentials.

Winter Soldier-Iraq and Afghanistan

Testimonies by Active Duty and Veteran U.S. Military
March 2008 Washington DC

In the American Revolutionary War of 1776, Thomas Paine spoke of "summer soldier and sunshine patriots." In 1971 dozens of active duty and veterans of the Vietnam War met in Detroit to give testimony about what they had seen and done in that the vile and murderous assault on the people of Vietnam. They described the hearings as "Winter Soldier-Vietnam." Men and women who took the hard and dangerous act of standing up against their own government and the atrocities it was sending them to commit in the countries of Southeast Asia. In  March of 2008 over 250 active duty military and veterans of the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan met for 3 days at the AFL-CIO Labor College in Silver Springs Maryland, adjacent to Washington DC. This new generation of Winter Soldiers, called together by Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) also took the hard and dangerous  act of describing what they had done in Iraq and Afghanistan and how the U/S. military and the Veterans Administration treats its own soldiers.  

From Vietnam to Iraq to Afghanistan to Gaza to dozens of actions in between, the United States and its coalitions of the willing have brought slaughter and destruction to the lives, societies and cultures of tens of millions of people. The young men and women who volunteered for the military in Iraq and Afghanistan spoke the illusions and realities they encountered. Realities that marked and all too often marred their lives. 
 

This is Where We Take Our Stand

This is Where We Take Our Stand” is a one hour film that tells the story of hundreds of veterans who risked everything to publicly testify the horrors they witnessed in Iraq and Afghanistan. And the disregard they were shown so often by the military and VA. In March of 2008, two hundred and fifty veterans and active-duty soldiers marked the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq by gathering in Washington, DC, to testify from their own experience about the nature of the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq. It was chilling, horrifying, and challenging for all who witnessed it.

Against tremendous odds, they brought the voices of the veterans themselves into the debate. “This is Where We Take Our Stand” is the inside story of those three days and the courageous men and women who testified-a story that’s as important to tell today as ever.


This is Where We Take Our Stand was produced by Northern Lights Films and Displaced Films. It was broadcast on PBS in 2010.

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Adam Kokesh testifies to the actual relationship and interaction between the U.S. military and Iraqi civilians

Testifies to killing Iraqi civilians and the actual relationship between the U.S. military and Iraqi civilians.

"I don't work for you no more" as he pulled off his medals and tossed them away. An emotionally powerful testimony to the lethal violence he and his comrades inflicted on the people of Iraq..

Testifies to the ways the military rank and file were encourage to degrade Iraqis civilians, their children, their culture and their lives..

Medical response to the Iraqi people. A conscientious objector medical soldier. His unit occupied province on the Iran-Iraq border.

In Tal Afar province, with about 1000 troops per sq kilometer, they drove out the Sunni population. Bush falsely claimed their actions a model of pacification. 

A young Iraqi student she testifies by video how American soldiers entered her school allegedly to search for weapons, but terrified the students with the result that many of them did not return to school.

The "Rules of Engagement" soldiers in Iraq were given  quickly degraded.  As US  casualties grew, so did the violence towards the Iraqis.

Testifies to the sexual harassment and abuse female soldiers faced in Iraq. And the hard choices many military women had to face after 9/11 whether to or what to do if they got pregnant.

Recruited at 17 just out high school, she describes the sexual harassment she faced to the extent that as a combat medic she dreaded going to work "every single day.'

At sea with his naval unit, Goodman describes the tragic story of his wife's miscarriage due to the military hospitals refusal to treat her. H also describes the VA's efforts to deny him his benefits after he was discharged.

Army reservist called up in 2004 . Spoke to her first hand experience of the degradation of the military's physical testing and care of military personnel

The consequences for a young marine with a back injury while in Iraq and needing mental health counseling after discharge. The eternal "claims processing" at the VA, the mothlong wait for appointments and the 2 year limit on VA coverage.

From 9/11 to April 2024, 7,000 US soldiers have died in Iraq, Afghanistan and other U.S. military interventions. Over 30,000 active duty soldiers and veterans have committed suicide. 20% of Iraq veterans suffer from PTSD. Kristofer Goldsmith tells his story.

They told him his son had been shot in the head. No details, no more information. After 5 years of relentless pursuit of the truth, he discovered that his son had not been shot by hostel forces in Iraq, but had been killed by a landmine set by the U.S. military. Why’d lie? Why hide the truth?

Union leader Brooks Sunket breaks down the horrific and tragic real cost of the Iraq war in terms of funds diverted from schools and health care and other basic needs of people in the U.S to the slaughter of the Iraq people and the destruction of so many of their cities and infrastructure.

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