By MOSHE BALMANENIn September, an international group of researchers announced a new documentary titled “The History of the Palestinians.”
In it, filmmaker Michael Moore takes a close look at the conflict in the Palestinian territories between Israel and its Arab neighbors.
“The Israeli occupation is a stain on the international conscience and a stain upon the human race,” Moore wrote in a statement.
“The Israeli government has waged an occupation for 50 years,” he added, referring to the long-standing occupation of the West Bank.
“And now it is turning its back on the Palestinian population in order to colonize it.”
The film is based on a book by Palestinian filmmaker M.E. Saeb and focuses on the conflict that began in 1948, and how Palestinians were excluded from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for decades.
Moore was awarded the prestigious Israeli Academy of Sciences’ Best Documentary Award for his film.
It was not immediately clear what led to Moore’s decision to tackle the subject of the occupied territories.
Israel’s official position is that the territory was never the true “Israeli” or “Jewish” state, but rather an integral part of the biblical kingdom of Israel.
“Israel was founded on a foundation of terror, conquest and dispossession,” the Israeli government maintains.
In a statement, Moore wrote, “Israel has always been the largest and most powerful colonial power on earth.”
In his film, Moore tries to get to the bottom of what happened between Israel’s establishment in 1948 and its withdrawal from the occupied Palestinian territories in 1967, a decision that caused Palestinian leaders and other groups to protest and organize.
His goal is to make sense of the complex and complicated history that lies behind this conflict.
“What is important is not to talk about the past, but to ask the question, what can we learn from the past?”
Moore told Al Jazeera.
“How did we get here?
What is the legacy of the occupation that has brought us here?
How did we live under it?
How does this affect us?”
Moore says that his documentary is not anti-Israeli.
He says he wants to show how “the Palestinian people are still here today.”
Moore said he was inspired by the work of Israeli filmmaker Ronen Bergman.
Bergman, who has studied the Israeli occupation in depth, told Al-Jazeera that he decided to start his documentary after seeing Moore’s work.
“When I heard that I was interested in seeing what I call ‘the Israeli story’ and the history that has been told about Israel,” Bergman said.
“I saw that this documentary had a lot to say about that.”
Moore’s documentary is one of a series of documentaries that will be produced by the Israeli Institute for National Security Studies, a group dedicated to studying the history and ideology behind Israel’s policies.
The institute’s director, Uri Ben-Shahar, said that he hoped to produce several films on the Israeli colonial occupation, and that his group would be able to share their findings with the public.
The documentary will be presented at the Israel Democracy Institute’s Herzliya conference in March.
The festival is the country’s largest annual event, featuring talks by leading scholars and politicians.
In 2015, it was honored as one of the world’s top 50 events by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and this year it will be held in Israel.
Moore has been working on his documentary since 2016, when he began filming for the Israeli film festival AIPAC.
He also produced and directed a documentary on the Middle East conflict, “The Palestinians: The Occupation and Resistance.”
He has worked on other films about the Middle Eastern conflict.
The documentary, which was directed by Israeli filmmaker Shlomo Glickman, was released in 2017.
It is unclear what will happen with the documentary once it’s made.
Moore said that the group plans to make it available to the public, but it is unclear if it will remain on the internet.
“We have plans for it to be on YouTube, but the internet will probably take care of that for now,” Moore said.
Moore said that although he has been approached by a number of film companies and studios about making the film, the process has been extremely difficult.
“My biggest fear is that if we make the film we will be accused of lying about Israel’s crimes and being anti-Israel,” he said.