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Israel: Birth of a Nation (1996)

Unrated | | Documentary, History, War | TV Movie
Sir Martin Gilbert, author of over sixty books and the host of A&E's JERUSALEM, hosts this gripping account of Israel's difficult first years. Filled with rare footage, photographs, and ... See full summary »
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Sir Martin Gilbert, author of over sixty books and the host of A&E's JERUSALEM, hosts this gripping account of Israel's difficult first years. Filled with rare footage, photographs, and interviews with participants in the War of Independence, this is the definitive document of one of the turning points in modern history. Extraordinary footage filmed by Bernard Beecham, a British soldier, shows the reality of life in the fledgling nation, when all efforts were devoted toward winning the war. Written by Fiona Kelleghan <fkelleghan@aol.com>

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This is a valuable historical narrative
15 July 2014 | by (New Port Richey, United States) – See all my reviews

Those blinded by hatred and bent on the destruction of tiny Israel will understandably disagree with this historical account of a small group of people regaining their homeland. I would have liked to see Gilbert make an issue of the fact that a Roman emperor changed the name of Judea to 'Provincia Syrica Palestinia' out of anger against the Jews. Prior to AD 135, there was no Palestine except for a region in Syria. Every good museum will exhibit Roman coins from before AD 70 with the inscription "Judea" (not Palestine) evidencing the original nationality of Jews. This documentary accurately portrays the plight of a rebellious race of people, who nonetheless rightfully reclaimed their land in 1948, firstly established over 3000 years ago and long before various nomadic tribes began following the self-proclaimed prophet and famed terrorist Mohammed (c. AD 600), later disregarding history and conveniently assuming themselves to be Palestinian. Anyone interested in unadulterated history and now mostly ignored facts concerning the importance of Israel's survival will find this documentary enlightening.


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