This Land Was Your Land, This Land Is My Land

Andrew Sullivan —  Oct 7 2012 @ 12:36pm

Nina Paley has created a short animated history of "of the land called Israel/Palestine/Canaan/the Levant":

Colin Marshall applauds:

Helpfully, Paley has written up a guide to this sequence’s many players: you’ve got the Canaanites, who kill Early Man; the Egpytians, who kill the Canaanites; the Assyrians, who kill the Egyptians; and so on forward through the annals until we arrive at the modern-day battles between “PLO/Hamas/Hezbollah,” the State of Israel, and “guerrillas/freedom fighters/terrorists.” Anyone who even occasionally glances toward the news knows full well how large conflict and death loom today over this particular slice of the world, but through Paley’s high-body-count animated interpretation of the place’s history, we can see that it was ever thus. She flinches not from her subject matter’s overwhelming violence, nor from her own tendency to inject it with humor.