Eyal Sivan director of the Movie “Route 181: Fragments of a Journey in Israel-Palestine” has been given the title of Honorary Guide of the Raelian Movement by RAEL this week.
His movie which presents oral history from a wide variety of people who live along the 1947 partition line, has captured the fragments of a land shattered by politics, history, and colonialism. He portrayed the divide of the physical landscape and that of the humans that inhabit it, especially the deep racial hatred amongst Israelis towards Palestinians, but not the other way around. None of the Palestinians featured in the film share the racism of many of the Israelis interviewed. Palestinian after Palestinian recalls a time when Jews, Christians, and Muslims lived together harmoniously, religion being a non-issue. Eyal Sivan clearly shows his preference for Israelis and Palestinians to live together rather than apart. But he realizes that those Jewish Israelis who place a purely Jewish state over coexistence with the Palestinians are an obstacle to this solution, and the film does a great job bringing those attitudes to the forefront.
After Tali Fahima, the Israeli peace activist who has spent two years in jail in her country for aiding Zakaria Zubeidi, one of the most wanted gunmen in the West Bank, it is another Israeli activist helping Palestinians who receives the title of Guide of Humanity.
RAEL has been calling for the rise of an Israeli Gandhi. A leader who would show absolute non-violence is so much needed in that part of the globe, a part where those who created us, the Elohim, have asked to be welcomed in an Embassy on a demilitarized zone. A first step before building any such premises is certainly to stop the local conflicts and have Jews and Palestinians live harmoniously together again.