by Abby Martin
28 September 2016
The video is
an essential historical explainer of Palestine.
Photo: Youtube /
"Before Palestine had borders
it was a recognized nation,
its cultural identity distinct,
with deep roots in the land."
"What we saw was one of the biggest human rights disasters on
A brutal and growing military
occupation that thrives off US sponsorship, soon to be
strengthened even more by another US$38 billion in tax dollars -
the largest military aid deal in history."
This is the state of Israel today, and
these are the opening words of Abby Martin's latest episode
in the series, "The Empire Files," who, along with her team,
traveled to the region to witness firsthand the ruthless occupation
In the video highlighting essential historical context to Martin's
upcoming on-the-ground reports, the trajectory of Palestine's
colonization is presented.
"Before Palestine had borders it was
a recognized nation, its cultural identity distinct, with deep
roots in the land," says Martin.
With the only perception many have of the region disseminated
mainstream media and promotional
Birthright videos, many perceive it as a refuge for Jews who
"living under threat of genocide
But as Martin recounts, the history of
Palestine's shrinking borders occurred through relentless violence,
repression and forced expulsion, enacted intentionally upon and
disparagingly at the region's native Arab population.
Tracing the history
of Zionism from its outset as a
small, fringe ideology to a,
"fervent political movement," Martin
tells of how early Zionists promised to make Palestine a
"vanguard against barbarism."
From the divvying up of the region by
colonial powers in the aftermath of World War I, to the creation of
the state of Israel in 1947, the short video explains the malevolent
history through which Palestinians lost control of their land.
It recounts the horrors of the 1948 war, which led to the
creation of hundreds and thousands of Palestinian refugees that to
this day have not been granted the right of return, as well as
the horrors of the Six Day War in 1967 that saw almost 40,000
The historical explainer concludes by citing
the U.S. empire's role in financing
the military of the repressive settler colonial state, the
justification for its suppressive rule constantly touted as,
"security from terrorism."
Martin's on-the-ground investigation in
Palestine, The Empire Files looks at the long
history of Zionist colonization, expansion and
expulsion of Palestine's indigenous inhabitants.
Giving critical historical context the
occupation today, this timeline explores the
creation of the state of Israel and how it came
to cover so much land since.
From the early
settlements, to the Nakba, to it's conquest of
the West Bank, Abby Martin reveals the brutally
honest root of what is behind the so-called