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Online Film Salon: OF LAND AND BREAD

Online Film Salon: OF LAND AND BREAD

Date(s) - 04/10/2022
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Voices from the Holy Land

The documentary Of Land and Bread offers an unmediated view of life for Palestinians managing to survive under Israel’s occupation. See the film free, and then join a panel discussion, Sunday April 10th, at 3 pm ET. Register at Watch the trailer at

Of Land and Bread offers an unmediated view of life under Israel’s occupation. Composed entirely of documentary footage from B’Tselem’s video archive, it shows Palestinian daily life governed by Israeli state violence. This violence is carried out by uniformed soldiers and police, but also by Israeli settlers acting under their protection and with the backing of the state. It is a story of a vulnerable life, with no political rights or the right to protest, a life on the receiving end of the project of dispossession of land and resources which is the Israeli occupation, and where one’s only “defense” is the camera.

Dr. Ruthie Ginsburg is a Senior Lecturer in the HaMidrasha – Faculty of the Arts, Beit Berl College and Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. Her research focuses on the relation between visual documentation and human rights, specifically in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Ginsburg is the author of And You Will Serve as Eyes for Us Israeli Human Rights Organizations as Seen Through the Camera’s Eye (in Hebrew, 2014), and articles such as “Emancipation and Collaboration: A Critical Examination of Human Rights’ Video Advocacy” (Theory, Culture & Society, 2021),”Armed with a Camera: Gender, Human Rights, and Visual Documentation in Israel/Palestine” (Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 2021), and “Gendered Visual Activism: Documenting Human Rights Abuses from the Private Sphere” (Current Sociology, 2018).

Jamal Najjab (Moderator) is a photojournalist and human rights advocate. He has worked as a political campaign organizer in the Arab-American community, as a journalist in Jerusalem, and on the staff of several humanitarian Palestinian aid organizations. He has appeared on numerous news programs, such as CNN, Al Jazeera-English and Al Jazeera-Arabic, and has published numerous articles in the mainstream and alternative press, including Mondoweiss. Najjab holds a BA in Journalism from Texas A&M University–Commerce. Many of his extended family members reside in Jibya, a very small village north of Ramallah, Palestine (population 136).

Roy Yellin is Director of Public Advocacy at B’Tselem, which produced the documentary Of Land and Bread. Previously, he has worked as a political campaigner and strategic communication advisor. He was campaign manager for The Meretz party 2013 successful election, and has campaigned and worked with a number of institutions, including Yesh Din, Breaking the Silence, Tel Aviv Museum, The Cameri Theater, The Elders, ELA Recycling Corporation, and The Jerusalem Music Center.

The March 2022 Voices from the Holy Land Online Film Salon is co-sponsored by the Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA)

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