World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 26 Mar, 2021 03:00 am

Documentary films from Israel— <em>The First 54 Years: An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation</em> —and the US— <em>Dirty Feathers</em>

Documentary films from Israel— <em>The First 54 Years: An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation</em> —and the US— <em>Dirty Feathers</em>
In <em>The First 54 Years</em>, Avi Mograbi edited interviews with Israeli soldiers who have participated in repressive operations. <em>Dirty Feathers</em> (Carlos Alfonso Corral) follows the lives of homeless people in El Paso and Ciudad Juárez.

Israel has occupied the West Bank and Gaza Strip since 1967 in the longest occupation of foreign territory in modern history.When it became clear that all the talk of self-determination for Palestinians on the part of the Israeli government was hollow, and its grab of territory was being expanded, Palestinians responded with protests and riots in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and within Israel itself.Tanks and armoured personnel carriers carried out repeated incursions into the West Bank and Gaza Strip, supported by F-16 fighter jets, drone aircraft and helicopter gunships, which carried out “targeted killings.” The final section of Mograbi’s film deals with Israel’s Operation Cast Lead, a massive assault on the Gaza Strip in 2008, which, over the course of 22 days, cost the lives of around 1,400 Palestinians, most of them civilians.

In one of the last scenes in The First 54 Years, Israeli soldiers in a bunker witness the impact of a missile fired into a civilian area of the Gaza Strip.For The First 54 Years—An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation, Israeli director Avi Mograbi edited dozens of interviews with Israeli soldiers who have participated in the repressive operations over the past half century or so.

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