Chip Taylor Communications

Subject: So. Studies/Sciences: Geography/Cultures

The Middle East Studies Series

"Recommended. Evocative camera work helps provide informative views behind the often mysterious veil of the Middle East." -Booklist
This exceptional collection of award-winning documentaries offers historical and contemporary studies of countries of the Middle East. Programs available on 20 DVDs, Digital Click for more

Gaza (Israel & Palestine): Journeys to Heaven and Hell

Gaza (Israel & Palestine): Journeys to Heaven and Hell

"Recommended. Journalist Sandra Jordan's street level look at the hell that is Gaza. She reports on the exalted status enjoyed by suicide bombers and their families, and explains why Arafat's Palestinian Authority was unable to control Hamas, the radical Islamic group that recruits and trains young bombers who view martyrdom as a ticket to heaven." -School Library Journal
In Gaza, politics and religion define every aspect of daily life, and frighteningly it's a place where suicide bombers have the status with a number of radicals of rock stars in the West. This classic documentary attempts to explain why the Palestinian leadership of the past could not control the fanatics of Hamas, and to understand what propels certain people to become suicide bombers. At a mosque we see eager faced youngsters who listen with rapt attention as a white shrouded fighter speaks of his wish to die. Also we are shown the forces that drive youngsters towards the harsh extremists who reject any peace process with Israel. At a public meeting, organized by Palestinian administrators, officials get into fistfights with one another. Set against the order and mass popularity of Hamas' rallies, it's a graphic example of just how limited the Palestinian's powers are and why this remains an on-going problem. Produced by Journeyman Pictures. 07/09DE SCA 25 min.

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