This Land Is Mine, by Nina Paley

A brief history of the land called Israel/Palestine/Canaan/the Levant.
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7 responses to “This Land Is Mine, by Nina Paley

  1. joylove12333

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  2. LorenzoCelsi

    It is the same for every country.Here where I live it was:- various primitive native cultures- the Celts- the Romans- various german tribes- german emperor versus free cities- free cities against each other for supremacy- French- Spaniards- French (Milano looks a lot like Paris due to Napoleon)- AustriansPlus lots of other people who just passed by, coming or going to the sea or Rome.In recent times we had a "war of independence" from Austria, then the First World War, then the Second World War, that ended with the invasion, the armistice, the occupation by the Germans who considered the armistice like betrayal, the split of the country in two, a civil war and finally the occupation by the Allied Forces.

  3. pfelelep

    Hi Lorenzo,indeed, and I feel more and more uncomfortable when hearing people saying "I'm a real pure/native of my country", or "foreigners don't belong here" or "this is not our culture" thing.Speaking about french culture, I really believe it's a HUGE mix/pot made of every south/north/east/west influences (and/or invasion as well). Not to mention french language is made of latin/greek roots.Would a foreigner come to my house or me to his house, it will modify my way of thinking.and hopefully even better: my way of cooking ^^

  4. LorenzoCelsi

    Oh, of course if you add "religion" on top of it all, you make it even worse.

  5. LorenzoCelsi

    Yes but there is one big thing to consider.When the roman empire was collapsing, mostly due to epidemics, the Germans who lived in the outskirts thought the empire was a great thing but the Romans did not deserve it because they were weak and corrupted. So they migrated with the goal of restoring the empire, of course putting themselves in command.But while they knew well how to burn things down, they did not much about who to build things up. As result we got the Middle Ages and it it took about 1000 years to recover from the collapsing of the roman civilization.Yes, in the process Europe did progress in many things and emerged from the Middle Ages with renewed spirit and power. But if you lived in the so called "dark age", especially if you were of roman ancestry, then dispossessed and relegated in the lower social condition, you would not like it much.You are putting the whole situation in the wrong perspective. The american "indians" were "native" in the sense they migrated in several waves from Asia to America long before the European arrived.But that is not the point. The point is when the Europeans arrived they erased the american "native" cultures. Yes we have the U.S.A. nowadays, a global power. And "natives" are somehow a part of it as "multi-cultural" society. But if you were unlucky and you were on the wrong edge of the blade, you would have not enjoyed it much.In our times, it is easy to enjoy the "multi-cultural" stuff when you eat in some good restaurant and you live in some "village" with artists. It becomes way less pleasant when you live in a banlieu or when you must compete for jobs with people who agree to work for less money and guarantess, often in violation of regulations.My point is this topic is difficult.

  6. pfelelep

    XDlet's let the religion thing apart for the moment indeed, if you don't mind -_-'Agree with you, Lorenzo. I'm just thinking that it's the "dominant" community that define itself as "the pure one" and usually look down at the other ones, quickly categorizing them from their hair/skin color, eating or musical habits or tastes, For my experience, the multi-cultural experience started when I was a student in my art school, enjoying the very, very comfortable student lifestyle :)But this comfortable era of my life also taught me, and changes me to prefer "curiosity" on "fear" of the unknown neighbor. I still believe I was lucky to live a rich-privileged youth.Now, as I live abroad, I am the foreigner (but still the privileged one), I am still very amazed how "locals", including many of my close friends, welcome me, not just tolerate me.

  7. LorenzoCelsi

    There are ignorance and stupidity everywhere in the world.That said, this concept of "multi-cultural" society comes as rebound of the european '900, following which we developed the sense of guilt for having colonized and dominated the whole world and for having developed ideas like the supremacy of the "arian race".Personally I find all extremism to be nonsense. For the same reason an human being isn't "inferior" depending of his/her skin color, he isn't "superior" either, by any means, including "spiritually". I laugh at people who believe their "culture" is wrong and so they travel to Asia looking for some "guru" to be enlightened, people who listen to "tribal music" because it is sooo much better than Mozart and so on.Curiosity is good."posing" is fun when it is about an individual, disruptive when it becomes a whole Nation. Or Europe. There are too many people who "pose" about the above topics.

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