Sunday: Palestinian views of Israeli occupation


For a documentary look at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the Palestinian point of view and accompanied by question-and-answer sessions with advocates for peace and justice, consider spending a few hours on Sunday, Nov. 14, at the Valley Presbyterian Church at 945 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

Three documentaries are on the schedule: "Occupation 101" at 3 p.m. looks at the roots of the conflict; "The Easiest Targets" at 5:45 p.m. addresses the strip searching of women and children; and "Little Town of Bethlehem" at 6 p.m. portrays the stories of three non-violent activists: an Israeli Jew, a Palestinian Muslim and a Palestinian Christian.

Palestinian-American peace activist Therese Mughannam-Walrath will take questions after the first film, and journalist Alison Weir, founder of the website If Americans Knew will be on hand for questions after the last film, according to a flier describing the event. Refreshments are scheduled for 4:45 p.m.

This event "is about education, truth, justice, peaceful coexistence and abiding by international law and conventions (and) a wonderful way for people to learn about what is not publicized by the U.S. media," said an event organizer who requested anonymity to avoid being the target of hate mail.

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