The Untold Stories of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Insights from 'Al Daheeh
Behind the Scenes with Al Daheeh
Ahmed El Ghandour, known as 'Al Daheeh,' reveals the untold narratives of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in his latest YouTube episode titled "Palestine: The Tale of a Land." He dives into the war's backstory, unveiling the extent of devastation and ethnic cleansing.
In his episode, Al Daheeh discusses how some Israeli voices attempting to investigate the Nakba (catastrophe) faced dire consequences. He shares the story of Teddy Katz, who interviewed former Israeli soldiers and was later defamed, leading to the revocation of his master's thesis and the end of his academic career.
The Nakba Law
Al Daheeh sheds light on the 2011 Nakba Law passed by the Israeli Knesset, which authorizes the Ministry of Finance to withhold funding from any institution that speaks about the Nakba. This law has led to the censorship of films, writings, and research on the subject.
Myths and Education
He further mentions that Israeli schools teach a national narrative filled with myths, beginning with ancient Jewish kingdoms in Palestine and the destruction of Solomon's Temple, painting a picture of historical Jewish suffering and aspirations to return to their ancestral land.
The British Mandate as Antagonist
Al Daheeh explains that in the Israeli story, the British Mandate plays the role of a villain, obstructing Jewish migration and their dream of establishing a state, preventing them from escaping the horrors of Europe to their new homeland.
'Al Daheeh' challenges the mainstream narrative by bringing to light lesser-known aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. His episode "Palestine: The Tale of a Land" not only recounts the events but also critiques the suppression of discourse surrounding the Nakba and the impact of such laws on academic and cultural expressions.