Battle for the Holy Land: Jerusalem (2007) Channel 4

Battle for the Holy Land: Jerusalem

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Paddy Ashdown analyses the historical, religious and political claims to the sacred city and considers its future status. The former leader of the Liberal Democrats talks to Palestinians and Israelis about their concerns over issues including land, human rights and the long-term safety of the Israeli public. He then meets senior political figures on both sides, before proposing a series of steps that could lay the foundations for peace in Jerusalem.  A two-hour documentary entitled Battle For The Holy Land by Paddy Ashdown “In the early months of 1967 tension rose between Israel and its neighbours. On 5 June, Israel launched a pre-emptive strike against Egypt’s air force, and Syria and Jordan were immediately drawn into the conflict. Within six days the Israeli army had conquered the Gaza Strip, the Sinai Peninsula, the Golan Heights and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Israel ended up controlling more than three times the amount of land it had started with.” “The Israeli joy at reuniting Jerusalem was matched by an equal and opposite Palestinian despair at living under occupation. That occupation has now continued for 40 years, generating more bitterness, more conflict and more violence.” “We need to realize that building peace is a process, not an event and there are a few simple steps that could start that process – put Jerusalem first; the acceptance of a shared history, and a shared city; a status quo agreement that covers all the holy places; a charter of rights for all Jerusalem’s citizens; and an end to the wall and the terror that created it. If those simple steps are followed, then peace in Jerusalem might just have a chance.”


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