Clash Of Worlds – Palestine

Created on Thursday, 25 July 2013 10:02

The Middle East has always been a region of seemingly endless religious conflict. Since it's also the region with the biggest oil reserves, it's highly likely that – unless reason prevails- the conflicts and drama in this part of the world will escalate in the years to come.

I decided to create this section with documentaries about the history of the Middle East, so that those who are interested can have a better understanding of (and predict) future events.

‘Clash Of Worlds – Palestine’ tells the story of the extraordinary tensions and mutual misunderstandings, wars and reconciliations that have haunted the Christian and Muslim cultures during Imperial Britain's rise and fall. The documentary explores the ways in which the centuries-old conflict between Islam and a Christian West can shed light on the causes of so called "terrorist acts" in the 21st century.

It also looks at the politically-charged history of Palestine and why decisions made by the British rulers of Palestine 90 years ago – when they supported the idea of a nation state for Jews in Palestine – intensified a conflict that continues to this day.

In December 1917 the British General Edmund Allenby entered Jerusalem with T.E. Lawrence (a.k.a Laurence of Arabia), the guerrilla leader of an Arab army, by his side. More than 800 years after they were evicted from Palestine during the Crusades the British ruled again over the Holy Land.

From the deserts of southern Jordan, through the West Bank and Israel, this film traces the roots of the "Palestine Issue" and the competing nationalist demands that the British faced. The Balfour Declaration of 1917 promised a homeland for Jews, but many inhabitants of the West Bank and militants fighting the Israeli army today, consider British rule over Palestine a betrayal of the Arab cause.

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