Said The Dove To The Olive Tree
Interabang: Rachel Flynn (Producer / Script Editor); Amira Al Shanti (Actor / Writer); Ryan Dewar (Director / Editor); Gordon Robertson (Composer)

Said The Dove To The Olive Tree is a 10 minute film created by Amira Al Shanti and produced by Interabang Productions. A piece of digital spoken word, it explores the complex feelings and identity of a Palestinian diaspora in Scotland. Starring Amira and featuring an original score fusing Celtic and Palestinian music styles, the film captures the intricate balance between the nostalgic romanticism of a homeland she cannot return to, and the bleak and dangerous reality of the oppression of Palestinians. The film celebrates Scottish signs of solidarity with Palestine in Edinburgh, Dundee, and Glasgow. Said the Dove to the Olive Tree was supported with seed funding from Stellar Quines, with further support from Creative Scotland.

The film will be released online on Saturday 28th August to commemorate the assassination of Naji Al-Ali, the creator of Palestinian resistance cartoon symbol Handala, which is a featured theme throughout this film.

An online screening and Q&A panel with the creators will be organised for Friday 27th August.

More updates to follow!

Frequently Asking Questions

What is Palestine?
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Is Zionism colonialism?
Theodor Hertzl wrote to Cecil Rhodes - who colonised Zimbabwe- asking for his support, calling Zionism “ a colonial program”. Zionism called its first bank the “Jewish Colonial Trust”; named its organizations “Jewish Colonization Association ect.

The first Zionist Congress in 1897 concluded with a “practical program” officially calling for 3 actions: Organization, colonization and negotiation.”

Does supporting supporting Palestine make me antisemitic?
First it is important to note that there is no place for antisemitism in the Free Palestine movement. The Palestinian Struggle is one for freedom, equality and justice.

Anti Semitism does not equal Anti - Zionism, in the same way that the Jewish People do not equal the Israeli State

Conflating anti - Zionist rhetoric with antisemtism undermines both the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and equality and the global struggle against antisemitism. It also serves to shield Israel from being held accountable to universal double standards of human rights and international law.

Not everyone Jewish person is a Zionist, and not every Zionist is a Jewish person.

Are Palestinians called Arabs?
Words and definitions are incredibly important in defining a sense of identity.

By describing Palestinians as Arabs it takes away Palestinians' strong connection to the land they live in and love as well suggesting the idea Palestinians could simply go to another Arab nation.

Palestinians are historically a farming society around 65% of them were farmers and the communities relied directly on the land for material sustenance. Without it, they would lose their lives and meaning as a coherent community. They need the land to exist. This is why Israeli forces and settlers uprooting Palestinian’s olive trees and crops as a means to erase their identity and belonging is so cruel.

Mahmoud Darwish, considered Palestine’s national poet wrote this:

“This land give us
All that makes life worth living:
Lady Earth, mother of all beginnings and
Endings,
She was called Palestine
And she is still called Palestine.
My Lady, because you are my lady,
I deserve life.”

What religion do Palestinians follow?
About 93% of Palestinians are Muslim, and about 6% are Christian. A very small number of Samaritans - adherents of an early form of Judaism - live around Nablus, in the West Bank.

Christian Palestinians, fleeing the hardships of the Israeli occupation, have emigrated in disproportionate numbers from Palestine, particularly to the U.S., Central America, and Europe. Thus while most Palestinians are Muslims, many in the West are Christian.

In the Occupied Territories, Palestinian Christians now constitute about 3% of the population.

Palestinians are not homogenous.

Spanning across numerous ancient religions and representing numerous races, from blue- eyed and ginger Palestinians to Afro- Palestinians, and all colours in between.

Palestinians have local customs differing from town to town. You can see this clearly in their embroidery (Tatreez) traditions. With Palestinian women across the land donning various native clothes, each unique to their local village or community.

Am I anti-semitic (anti Jewish) if I support Palestine?
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Is the situation in Palestine a conflict?
Talking about the crisis as a “conflict” suggests that there are two sides on equal footing which is just not the case.

Tribune journalist Asia Khatun explains that the:

“The normalisation of colonialism begins where it has always begun: in language. These language choices, be they irresponsible or just ignorant, reinforce the notion that this is a conflict in which both sides have the means to be equally as violent towards the other. But the fact of the matter is that Israel is one of the most militarised occupying nations in the world, backed with billions of dollars and weapons from the USA.”

What is Zionism?
Zionism is a nationalist, political ideology that called for the creation of a Jewish state, and now supports the continued existence of Israel as such a state. Theodor Herzl, an Austrian Jew, is considered the “father” of political Zionism. The Zionist movement started in the late 19th century, amidst growing European anti-Semitism. The movement secured support among Western European governments, particularly after Zionists agreed to create their Jewish state in historic Palestine.
What religion(s) do Palestinians follow?
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Why is it so hard to make peace?
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Will the violence ever end?
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Is Palestine a country or an area?
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What can we do?

Listen
As an ally or someone who is experiencing or are affected by themes in the short film can listen to each other and hear why someone is feeling the way they do.
Learn
We should all inform ourselves of information, even when we 'think' we know about it. There will always be a viewpoint or story you can learn that may help in understanding
Educate positively
It can often be difficult to be positive when there is so much to do and when lives and passion are at the core. We can all spread information positively which is can be effective in encouraging more allies and for hope.
Practice
Saying and encouraging actions are one thing, but practicing BDS and informing others of the same is where it all begins
Full Range of Emotions
Don't shut people out. For positive change, those who are furtherest away from understanding are those who may benefit from more educated conversations.
to Exist is to Resist
it will feel like hitting a brick wall, but you are here, and that message is strong and powerful in itself. Remember, you are loved and important.

Handala
حنظلة

Naji Salim Hussain al-Ali ناجي سليم العلي. drew Handala in 1969. The figure turned his back to the viewer from the year 1973 and remains an iconic symbol of Palestinian identity and defiance.

The artist explained that the ten-year-old represented his age when forced to leave Palestine and would not grow up until he could return to his homeland;  his turned back and clasped hands symbolised the character’s rejection of “outside solutions”. Handala wears ragged clothes and is barefoot, symbolising his allegiance to the poor. In later cartoons, he is actively participating in the action depicted not merely observing it.The artist vows that his figure, Handala  will “reveal his face to the readers again only when Palestinian refugees return to their homeland”.

Naji was assassinated in London outside of a newspaper building for inciting hope for Palestine as a political cartoonist.

Further information to
make a difference

 

 

Amira Handala

What is BDS?
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What is BDS?
What can we do to help Palestine, regain basic human rights, and other resistance to ethic cleansing.

The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement is devoted to ending international support for Israel’s oppression of Palestinians, and pressuring Israel to comply with national law. On its website, the BDS National Committee (BNC) outlines five actions you can take to challenge the complicity of global governments and corporations, including boycotts, community mobilisation, and joining a solidarity group.

 

If international governments are not willing to hold the Isreali regime accountable, we must do so ourselves. One of the best ways ordinary people can make a difference is to boycott companies complicit in this. This puts economic pressure on Israel to change policies, and to know that the rest of the world is watching. 

BDS has real world implications, take the Ben and Jerryys decision on 19/07/2021.

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Tab 2 stuff goes here, sets of optics and light, and other shooting equipment.

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Tab 3 discusses things that go here and other shooting equipment.

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This tab of info shows you hope and other things shooting equipment.

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Voices of Palestine

Overall conditionsBeing suppressed as a people
Anonymous voicesLiving and working in PALESTINE
SchoolWalking away
Linking to PalestineControl movement

Palestine Nature & wildlife

Fennec Fox

الفنك

It resides in the desert regions of Palestine near the Dead Sea

 

Prickly Pear

They are used not only to produce the tasty fruit, but also as borders between houses and villages

 

Ibex

البدن، أو الوعل

It resides in the Jordan Valley from the north to the south in the rocky areas of the eastern slopes of the mountains of Jerusalem

Olive Tree

It has been estimated that olive production accounted for 57% of cultivated land in the Palestinian territories with 7.8 million fruit-bearing olive trees

Caracal

الوشق أو عناق الأرض

Recorded in the northern Dead Sea area Jordan River area –its Endangered and decreasing in numbers

Jaffa Orange

‘Jaffa’ oranges, also known as shamouti, are practically seedless, with a flavour that has been described as “excellent” and “sweet and fine”

European genet

الجرنيط

Located between Jerusalem and Hebron and the Dead Sea area

Fig Tree

Figs were one of the oldest fruit trees known to Palestinian people and cultivated by them

Honey Badger

الراتل أو غرير العسل

It resides in the Dead Sea area and mountainous areas in Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Nablus

Almonds

Almonds thrive on the rocky terrain, and growers from across 15 villages in Palestine pick and shell the whole almonds by hand

Sunbird

The Palestine sunbird is a small passerine bird of the sunbird family

 

 

Grapevine

Grapevines are one of the main fruits yielded in Palestine. Also harvested and used to create wine. Historically grapevines are tied to biblical stories from Palestine