This Land is Mine, Nina Paley’s Animated History of the Land Called Israel/Palestine/Canaan/the Levant

This Land is Mine is a animated musical short by artist Nina Paley that she describes as a “brief history of the land called Israel/Palestine/Canaan/the Levant.” A “who’s-killing-who viewer’s guide” is available at her website. You make a donation to the Question Copyright project (which “assist artists in creating and releasing works under free licences”) online. Paley is the project’s first artist-in-residence.

I envisioned This Land Is Mine as the last scene of my potential-possible-maybe- feature film, Seder-Masochism, but it’s the first (and so far only) scene I’ve animated. As the Bible says, ”So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

This Land is Mine

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One response to “This Land is Mine, Nina Paley’s Animated History of the Land Called Israel/Palestine/Canaan/the Levant”

  1. Rachel says :

    MOST is Correct BUT!…with all due respect, all other nations/people have their own origin land, like greece or egypt or whatever. some were emipers who conquered ISRAEL other were nomads.
    THE JEWS HAD, HAVE AND ALLWAYS WILL HAVE ONLY 1 LAND! – THE PROMISED LAND! THE ARABS HAVE 22, THE MUSLIMS HAVE 50.
    PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PALESTINIANS ARE A FAKE MADE-UP PEOPLE! THEY ARE INFACT ARABS WHO SETTLED IN PALESTINE (A NAME GIVEN TO ISRAEL BY THE ROMAN EMPIRE AFTER TAKING IT AWAY FROM THE JEWS).
    I SUGGEST YOU RESEARCH THIS ISSUE, THEN YOU WILL FIND OUT THAT B4 1948 THE ARABS (JORDANIAN, EGYPTIAN, TURK AAND OTHERS) WHO LIVED IN ISRAEL AND CAME TO THE LAND OF ISRAEL UNDER THE OTTOMAN AND BRITISH EMPIRES DID NOT CALL THEMSELVES “PALESTINIANS” THEY WERE ARABS. ONLY AFTER THE JEWS RETURNED (FOR THE 3RD) TIME TO THEIR PROMISED LAND, HAD THE ARABS STARTED TO THINK HOW TO STEALL THE LAND AGAIN, ON TOP OF THE 22 ARAB NATIONS THEY ALREADY HAVE.

    SO WHAT DID THEY DO?
    FIRST INGAGED IN A HUGE WAR (5 ARAB ARMIES – NON OF THEM WERE OF ANY COUNRTY KNOWN AS PALESTINE) AND THEN THEY SAID, “WELL WE CAN NOT START KILLING THE JEWS WHO JUST BARELY SURVIVED THE HOLOCAUST (IT WOULD LOOK VERY BAD IF 500 MILION ARABS WILL FINISH WHAT HITLER HAD BEGAN, AND KILL AGAIN THE FEW POOR JEWS AFTER 6 MILION HAVE BEEN ALREADY MURDERED), SO…..LETS SAY THAT THE “PALESTINIANS” (SOME 200,000 ARAB NOMADS WHICH INFACT WERE ALL KINDS OF DIFFERENT PEOPLE, LIKE TURKS, JEWS, GREEK, DIFFERENT ARABS ETC’) ARE THE NATIVES AND THE HORRIBLE JEWS STOLE THEIR LAND.

    please read more about this and UPDATE YOUR GREAT VIDEO ACCORDING TO HISTORY AND NOT ACCORDING TO MUSLIM PROPOGANDA.

    ishiko tadmouri and joan peaters have wrote alot about this.
    THIS THING IS A HUGE ARAB-MUSLIM PROPOGANDA!!!

    JUST ASK YOURSELF THIS ABOUT THE SO CALLED ARAB PALESTINIAN STATE/STOLEN LAND:
    1. When was it founded and by whom?
    2. What were its borders?
    3. What was its capital?
    4. What were its major cities?
    5. What constituted the basis of its economy?
    6. What was its form of government?
    7. Can you name at least one Palestinian leader before Arafat?
    8. Was Palestine ever recognized by a country whose existence, at that time or now, leaves no room for interpretation?
    9. What was the language of the country of Palestine ?
    10. What was the prevalent religion of the country of Palestine ?
    11. What was the name of its currency?

    Choose any date in history and tell what was the approximate exchange rate of the Palestinian monetary unit against the US dollar, German mark, GB pound, Japanese yen, or Chinese Yuan on that date.

    12. And, finally, since there is no such country today, what caused its demise and when did it occur?

    MOST SHOCKING IS THE FACT THAT NO SO CALLED ARAB PALESTINIAN, WAS SCREAMING “OCCUPATION” WHEN GB OR JORDAN OR TURKS HAD CONTROL OVER THIS LAND (OR A PART OF IT).

    And here is the least sarcastic question of all: If the people you mistakenly call “Palestinians” are anything but generic Arabs collected from all over — or thrown out of — the Arab world, if they really have a genuine ethnic identity that gives them right for self-determination, why did they never try to become independent until Arabs suffered their devastating defeat in the Six Day War?

    I hope you avoid the temptation to trace the modern day “Palestinians” to the Biblical Philistines: substituting etymology for history won’t work here.

    The truth should be obvious to everyone who wants to know it. Arab countries have never abandoned the dream of destroying Israel ; they still cherish it today. Having time and again failed to achieve their evil goal with military means, they decided to fight Israel by proxy. For that purpose, they created a terrorist organization, cynically called it “the Palestinian people” and installed it in Gaza , Judea, and Samaria . How else can you explain the refusal by Jordan and Egypt to unconditionally accept back the “West Bank” and Gaza , respectively?

    The fact is, Arabs populating Gaza, Judea, and Samaria have much less claim to nationhood than that Indian tribe that successfully emerged in Connecticut with the purpose of starting a tax-exempt casino: at least that tribe had a constructive goal that motivated them. The so-called “Palestinians” have only one motivation: the destruction of Israel , and in my book that is not sufficient to consider them a nation” — or anything else except what they really are: a terrorist organization that will one day be dismantled.

    In fact, there is only one way to achieve peace in the Middle East . Arab countries must acknowledge and accept their defeat in their war against Israel and, as the losing side should, pay Israel reparations for the more than 50 years of devastation they have visited on it. The most appropriate form of such reparations would be the removal of their terrorist organization from the land of Israel and accepting Israel’s ancient sovereignty over Gaza , Judea, and Samaria . That will mark the end of the Palestinian people. What are you saying again was its beginning?

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