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Friday, August 24, 2007

God’s Jewish Warriors

We're going to wrap the week up with the first installment of God's Warriors: Jewish Warriors.

The program starts in Hebron where 500 Jewish settlers live among 140,000 Palestinians. I was struck by the settler’s courage. To believe in something so much that you’re willing to put your life and your entire family’s lives at risk every day takes an enormous amount of conviction and strength.

The profiles of Hanan Porat, a Rabbi and former solider who lives in a settlement on the West Bank and Yakov Barnea, a secular man who lives in Tel Aviv and says that his religion is classical music. Both were soldiers in June, 1967 during the 6 day war. Both were at the Temple Mount when the Israeli army recaptured the sacred land. One saw it as a miracle; the other saw it as a military victory.

The ongoing conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians’ impact goes beyond just foreign policy in the United States. Shani and Dov Hikind raise money for building new Jewish settlements. Lobbyists in Washington, DC. The Christian Zionist movement.

The program covers the struggles of the peace process and the violence that has plagued the area:

  • The murder of six Jewish students
  • Car bombings
  • A plan to destroy the Dome of the Rock
  • The assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat
  • The eviction of Jewish Settlers from the Sinai
  • The assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin

One of the elements of this series that I've really enjoyed is the review of the associated history they've provided with each program. I never realized that the fundamentalist and conservative religious movements that we see today have their roots in events that occurred 40 years ago.

Christiane Amanpour has does an incredible job with this documentary. Behind the politics and the violence are real people; their stories are frequently lost over time and forgotten. Programs like this remind us not only of dates, places, and events of history, but also put a human face on the tragedies.

If you haven't had the chance to watch all of the God's Warriors series, CNN is rebroadcasting it this weekend.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

9:00pm – 11:00pm CNN Presents: GOD’S JEWISH WARRIORS
11:00pm – 1:00am CNN Presents: GOD’S MUSLIM WARRIORS

Sunday, August 26, 2007

1:00am – 3:00am CNN Presents: GOD’S CHRISTIAN WARRIORS

9:00pm – 11:00pm CNN Presents: GOD’S JEWISH WARRIORS
11:00pm – 1:00am CNN Presents: GOD’S CHRISTIAN WARRIORS

Monday, August 27, 2007

1:00am – 3:00am CNN Presents: GOD’S MUSLIM WARRIORS


Mystery Journalist

Well, I'll give you a hand this week with the Mystery Journalist clue.

Can you name this CNN journalist?

And you thought I was joking about the hand?

Take a guess. Let us know who you think this journalist is in the comments. The identity of the Mystery Journalist will be revealed in Sunday night's post.


Evelyn said...

That was an excellent review of God's Warriors BA!

As for the mystery journalist...I haven't a clue. Let's go with...Tom Foreman.

Anonymous said...

rick sanchez :-)

Sapphire said...

Great write up BA about God's Jewish Warriors. I found this part of the series like Phebe had said in her post very much of a history lesson of the Jewish people. I found when I was watching the part about Prime Minister Rabin's assassination, it took me back to the night he died. I remember it so clearly. I remember watching all the breaking news on CNN (yes I have been watching CNN for at least 12 years LOL). I certainly feel for the Jewish people and their stuggle over the land. As a Christian I know what I believe as to who should have the land. Like it was said in the special, seemingly the smallest piece of land on earth sure does have a lot of people wanting it.

As for the mystery guest. I am guessing Anderson Cooper as he has defiately been using his hands more often when he is talking which it too cute.

ACAnderFan said...

Well I was going to guess John Roberts for the mystery journalist, however he's already been a mystery journalist.

Is the mystery journalist maybe Anderson??? I think I'll guess him.

Anonymous said...

I don't know who's hand this is, but I don't think it is Anderson's. Fingers are notlong enough to be Andersons

Rita said...

This part of her series, was amazing; and full of historical evidence and information.

I believe with all my heart in the Israelies gaining their land back and support them.