Peace in The Middle East

Submitted by Enerida Ademi '13 on October 10, 2011

On the evening of Tuesday, September 20th, the Students for Social Justice Group on campus explored the topic of peace through questioning whether or not having peace in the Middle East is possible. This topic was expressed through the presentation of an award-winning film, “Budrus.” The event took place in the Oak Room sponsored by Students for Social Justice and FUSA, with help from the departments of Humanities, Politics, and International Studies.

Julie Whittaker, an executive member of Students for Social Justice and presenter of this event said, “Peace in the Middle East is revealed through a new light and point of view that peace is one of the options in solving the ongoing Israeli and Palestinian conflict. This documentary is based on a Palestinian village of Budrus united with Israeli peace activists and foreign supporters to peacefully protest the construction of the Israeli Separation Barrier on their land.”

“Budrus: It Takes a Village to Unite the Most Divided People on Earth” is an award-winning Just Vision Film. Just Vision emerged in response to the lack of media coverage of Palestinian and Israeli civilians working to end the occupation and the conflict.

Due to the success of the Budrus, other Palestinian villages near the West Bank began to mimic their actions. The relevance of this event can be seen with the Palestinian Authority seeking statehood in the UN.

The seats in the Oak Room were almost completely filled with a diverse audience that ranged from business students, students in the College of Arts and Sciences, professors, and student leaders. Following the event, Sohail Sumra ’15 responded, “I thought the movie was a great example of how non-violent movements are the best path towards peace and progress.”

This documentary contends that it is possible to have peace in the Middle East. The presenters hope that the film has helped spread awareness among the Fairfield University community concerning the possibilities of peace in the Middle East.

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