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Disturbing the Peace

Disturbing the Peace follows a group of former enemy combatants – Israeli soldiers from the most elite units, and Palestinian fighters, many of whom served years in prison – who have come together to challenge the status quo and and say “enough”. The film traces their transformational journeys from soldiers committed to armed battle to non-violent peace activists.

Director: Stephen Apkon, Andrew Young
Year: 2016
Time: 86 min

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Once Devoted to Suicide Bombing, She Now Embraces a Peaceful Jihad

“She knew that once she put on the explosive belt, there would be no turning back. She knew it would rip her limb from limb, reducing her to a bloody pulp. She knew it would leave her only daughter an orphan. But she also knew this: It would kill Israelis. With luck, a lot of them. And that was reason enough to do it.”

Continue reading on The New York Times.

Disturbing the Peace: A Vision of Hope

“Instead of looking for differences, we ask, how can we help? How do we come to light from darkness? It takes visionary people. That’s not easy. People feel hopeless.

I was in jail; in a hunger strike, you believe in something spiritual. I see despair as a privilege. Hope is a mode of survival. Every time I feel hopeless, I ask, who profits from my despair?”

Read the interview with the filmmakers and several of their film subjects on Huffington Post.

Filmmaker Stephen Apkon speaks about the “power of non-violence”

” ‘Disturbing the Peace,’ Apkon says, is about bridging cultural divides and disturbing the peace through non-violent means. As Apkon describes, whether in the Middle East or the U.S., we can all ‘get stuck in our stories.’ ”

Watch the interview on Salon.

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What are Israel and Palestine? Why are they fighting? Learn everything you need to know from Vox.

A Film on Ending the Israeli Occupation ‘With Your Own Hands’

“The film Disturbing the Peace provides great insight into the conflicting perspectives between Israelis and Palestinians—and how peace will be realized.”

Continue reading on Foreign Policy Journal.

Hundreds participate in Israeli-Palestinian Freedom March

“They called for ‘a better future for both people, a future of peace, justice and equality.’ The demonstration, marking the tenth year anniversary of Combatants for Peace was organized in cooperation with Standing Together.”

Continue reading on Jerusalem Post.

For Palestinians, Trump’s Jerusalem move is the end of the peace process

“Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move its embassy there from Tel Aviv has, in Palestinian eyes, expired Washington’s role as the essential broker of any peace settlement.”

Continue reading on CNN.

Would-be bomber turned peace activist barred from Israel premiere

“Shin Bet prevents Shifa al-Qudsi of the Combatants for Peace movement from attending a screening of the documentary in which she stars.”

Read the article on The Times of Israel.





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