American civilian peace protester with International Solidarity Movement in Palestine, 2003-2004; with Women of a Certain Age Group in Palestine, 2004; at International Conference of Women in Black in Palestine, 8/2005; with Presbytery of East Iowa in Israel and Palestine, 2006
REEL 1 Background to visit to Palestine, 1948-2003: reasons for not escaping Nazi Germany to Palestine; reactions to 1948 creation of Israel; reaction to 1982 massacres in Lebanon and start of activism; vigils attended in St Louis; story of telling Dianne Lee she was going to Palestine. Aspects of period as civilian peace protester with International Solidarity Movement in Palestine, 12/2003-1/2004: make-up of team; problems on arrival in West Bank; contact with American Embassy; arrest and treatment of Mark Simmal; details of International Solidarity Movement; training received; journey to Jayyous; Palestinian hospitality; details of family stayed with; description of Jayyous and the wall built around the town; organisation of wall and gate; effects of wall on civilians; details of demonstration against wall in Ma'asha including shooting of Gil Na'amati; wounding and of Ann Farina; evacuation to and scenes inside clinic; journey to community centre in Ma'asha and separation from Dianne Lee and Ann Farina; events during wait in community centre; journey to Ramallah; relationship with Najwa Nidal and family; story of stop at checkpoint outside Ramallah.
REEL 2 Continues: story of meeting Yasser Arafat in his compound, 31/12/2003; description of compound; impressions of Yasser Arafat; details of Jimmy Carter's work in trying to establish peace in Middle East; description of checkpoints; problems created by location and building of wall; description of wall; pleas of civilians to pass on information in America; story of argument about wall at talk in America; Jewish-American opinion of Israel; reflections on situation in Palestine; description of flying checkpoints; opinion of aims of Israel's government; exodus of Palestinians out of country; discomfort in comparing Israeli actions with behaviour of Nazi Germany; story of protests at Stanford University talk, 20/10/2004; story of treatment received on leaving Israel, 1/2004, including stories of others singled out by security.
REEL 3 Continues: reunion with Dianne Lee; arguments with security following examination and confiscation of luggage; overnight stay in airport; expression of anger over situation during flight and subsequent counselling. Aspects of period as civilian with Women of a Certain Age Group to Palestine, 2004: make-up of group; reception on arrival in Israel with Ann Petter; disappearance of Ann Petter and own release; contact with lawyer concerning Ann Petter's status [Short Reel].
REEL 4 Continues: imprisonment and trials of Ann Petter; aims of intimidation; stream of international visitors into Palestine; training received from International Solidarity Movement; visit to Ramallah; details of demonstration attended in A'ram; breaking-up of demonstration and dispersal; scenes in First Aid Station including treatment for tear gas; scenes on street during quiet period; story of man with Palestinian flag; continuation of opposition from police; effects of sound bomb and effects of nerve gas; later meeting with beaten man; story of American medic; shrinking of East Jerusalem and incorporation of settlements into Jerusalem; details of spent tear gas canisters; removal of roadblocks at Kufr Al'laban; subsequent feast of celebration. Aspects of period as civilian peace protester at International Conference of Women in Black in Palestine, 8/2005: details of conference in East Jerusalem; Women in Black activities in St Louis; details of Kathy Kamphoefer and Paul Pierce; actions of Jewish settlers in Hebron.
REEL 5 Continues: story of school in At'tuwani; intimidating methods used by Israeli soldiers; poisoning of fields around At'tuwani; details of passes through Israeli airports. Aspects of period as civilian peace protester with Presbytery of East Iowa in Israel and Palestine, 7/2006- 8/2006: background to visit including story of Richard Schwartz; details of group members; transport around country; contact with Congressman W Lucey Clay and letter he wrote to US Ambassador to Israel, Daniel Ayalon; reception on arrival at Tel Aviv airport; contact with Daniel Ayalon's office; meeting with Mayor of Beit Ummar Farhan Musa Alqam; treatment of Farhan Musa Alqam received after his arrest; contact with Congressman about arrest; letter written by Congressman to Daniel Ayalon; situation in Israel, Autumn 2006; description of life in Gaza Strip; details of demonstrations attended against Israeli shelling of Lebanon.
REEL 6 Continues: background to and details of 2006 Lebanon War; Palestinian reaction to activities of Hezbollah and 2003 Iraq War; reactions to 2006 midterm elections [Short Reel].
REEL 7 Continues: Aspects of period as civilian peace protester with International Solidarity Movement in Palestine, 12/2003-1/2004: visits to monument dedicated to Jews deported from France in 1942 including background of monument; reactions to monument; money received from France in restitution for deportation of parents; use of money; story of meeting with Sami Adwan in Bethlehem; aims of visits to Palestine; relationship with Palestinians and fellow Jewish Americans; reading of own poem Palestine.