I sat down to watch ‘Occupation 101’ this evening. I’m all for discussion of the Israel and Palestine situation. It’s a terrible conflict all round – and terrible for many on both sides.
I couldn’t get past 10 minutes into the film – it was immensely anti-Israel from the outset. Within minutes the phrase ‘ethnic cleansing’ had been brought up. The film, after skirting over the main problems with highly stylized and emotive imagery clearly supporting one side of the conflict, then seemed to be starting to focus on the persecution (I was sure the word genocide would be coming up soon) of Palestinian Christians rather than Palestinians as a whole.
The whole thing stank of bible bashing, antisemetic American fascists… Needless to say, the film was turned off and binned. Perhaps it might have become more reasoned – but I wasn’t prepared to persevere to find out!
The Motorcycle Boy: If you’re going to lead people, you have to have somewhere to go.
Benny: Time is a funny thing. Time is a very peculiar item. You see when you’re young, you’re a kid, you got time, you got nothing but time. Throw away a couple of years, a couple of years there… it doesn’t matter. You know. The older you get you say, “Jesus, how much I got? I got thirty-five summers left.” Think about it. Thirty-five summers.
Father: Every now and then, a person comes along, has a different view of the world than does the usual person. It doesn’t make them crazy. I mean… an acute perception, man… that doesn’t, that doesn’t make you crazy.
Rusty James: Could you talk normal?
Father: However sometimes… it can drive you crazy, acute perception.
Rusty James: I wish you’d talk normal ’cause I don’t understand half the garbage you’re saying. You know? You know what I mean?
Father: No, your mother… is not crazy. And neither, contrary to popular belief, is your brother crazy. He’s merely miscast in a play. He was born in the wrong era, on the wrong side of the river… with the ability to be able to do anything that he wants to do and findin’ nothin’ that he wants to do. I mean nothing.