Recently saw Yoav Shamir's "Checkpoint"
Folks, the news is abuzz about the Palestinian Authority seeking statehood via the UN and it's high time. What I'm about to say is a 180 degree reversal of my previously held views. I am no supporter of Islamic fundamentalism anywhere but after seeing the movie "Checkpoint" my heart does bleed for the the Palestinians. Frankly, I couldn't care less if they are fundies who hate atheists, homosexuals, etc.. but I just could not bear watching Israeli soldiers herding Palestinians like cattle at various checkpoints. There were several scenes of the soldiers callously turning away families who desperately needed to cross to go to the emergency room. Two scenes literally brought tears to my eyes. One was of a pregnant Palestinian women suffering from uterine bleeding who was asked to go home. An ambulance arrived and was turned away. Another scene was a woman with her 3 children trying to cross the checkpoint. She did not have a proper "ID card" and was denied entry. She sent her small children (who don't require IDs) to cross on their own. The cries of the children would break any sane human being's heart. I don't care if this is all in the interest of Israeli "security". No human being deserves this kind of treatment. Those painful images bring to my mind the atrocities of Bosnia, Darfur, Rwanda and yes I'll say it--Nazi Germany!!
Is it any wonder that a few of those Palestinians will then fervently turn towards Allah and then strap grenades to their chests?