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A Palestinian journey not to miss

by Lizi Allnatt
Issue No. 1857

Jeremy Hardy v The Israeli Army

JEREMY HARDY claims that his journey to Palestine with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) changed his life. The film Jeremy Hardy v The Israeli Army follows his journey, both physically and mentally, after he is persuaded by the producer Leila Sansour to join the ISM in Palestine.

The ISM is a Palestinian-initiated international group of volunteers who take part in direct action against the occupying Israeli army. Hardy's comments at the start of the film display his scepticism about the ISM volunteers, and what is achievable in the face of the overwhelming might of the Israeli army.

He arrives in Bethlehem and within days an Israeli tank opens fire with live rounds at point blank range on him and a group of ISM volunteers. The attack leaves four people injured and changed Hardy. This film has all the makings of being depressing and demoralising, and yet it is both incredibly moving and funny.

It has just been accepted for national release. For your sake don't miss it.

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Sat 28 Jun 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1857
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