Awesome Video: This Land Is Mine

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A brief history of the land called Israel/Palestine/Canaan/the Levant.
Who’s-killing-who viewer’s guide here: http://blog.ninapaley.com/2012/10/01/this-land-is-mine/

    Who’s Killing Who? A Viewer’s Guide

    Because you can’t tell the players without a pogrom!

    Early Man

    Early Man
    This generic “cave man” represents the first human settlers in Israel/Canaan/the Levant. Whoever they were.

    Canaanite

    Canaanite
    What did ancient Canaanites look like? I don’t know, so this is based on ancient Sumerian art.

    Ancient Egyptian

    Egyptian
    Canaan was located between two huge empires. Egypt controlled it sometimes, and…

    Assyrian

    Assyrian
    ….Assyria controlled it other times.

    Israelite

    Israelite
    The “Children of Israel” conquered the shit out of the region, according to bloody and violent Old Testament accounts.

    Babylonian

    Babylonian
    Then the Baylonians destroyed their temple and took the Hebrews into exile.

    Macedonian/Alexander

    Macedonian/Greek
    Here comes Alexander the Great, conquering everything!

    Greek

    Greek/Macedonian
    No sooner did Alexander conquer everything, than his generals divided it up and fought with each other.

    Ptolmaic

    Ptolemaic
    Greek descendants of Ptolemy, another of Alexander’s competing generals, ruled Egypt dressed like Egyptian god-kings. (The famous Cleopatra of western mythology and Hollywood was a Ptolemy.)

    Seleucid

    Seleucid
    More Greek-Macedonian legacies of Alexander.

    Hebrew Priest

    Hebrew Priest
    This guy didn’t fight, he just ran the Second Temple re-established by Hebrews in Jerusalem after the Babylonian Exile.

    Maccabee

    Maccabee
    Led by Judah “The Hammer” Maccabee, who fought the Seleucids, saved the Temple, and invented Channukah. Until…

    Roman

    Roman
    ….the Romans destroyed the Second Temple and absorbed the region into the Roman Empire…

    Byzantine

    Byzantine
    ….which split into Eastern and Western Empires. The eastern part was called the Byzantine Empire. I don’t know if “Romans” ever fought “Byzantines” (Eastern Romans) but this is a cartoon.

    Caliph

    Arab Caliph
    Speaking of cartoon, what did an Arab Caliph look like? This was my best guess.

    Crusader

    Crusader
    After Crusaders went a-killin’ in the name of Jesus Christ, they established Crusader states, most notably the Kingdom of Jerusalem.

    Egyptian Mamluk

    Mamluk of Egypt
    Wikipedia sez, “Over time, mamluks became a powerful military caste in various Muslim societies…In places such as Egypt from the Ayyubid dynasty to the time of Muhammad Ali of Egypt, mamluks were considered to be “true lords”, with social status above freeborn Muslims.[7]” And apparently they controlled Palestine for a while.

    Ottoman Turk

    Ottoman Turk
    Did I mention this is a cartoon? Probably no one went to battle looking like this. But big turbans, rich clothing and jewelry seemed to be in vogue among Ottoman Turkish elites, according to paintings I found on the Internet.

    Arab

    Arab 
    A gross generalization of a generic 19-century “Arab”.

    British

    British
    The British formed alliances with Arabs, then occupied Palestine. This cartoon is an oversimplification, and uses this British caricature as a stand-in for Europeans in general.

    Palestinian

    Palestinian
    The British occupied this guy’s land, only to leave it to a vast influx of….

    European Jew/Zionist

    European Jew/Zionist
    Desperate and traumatized survivors of European pogroms and death camps, Jewish Zionist settlers were ready to fight to the death for a place to call home, but…

    Hezbollah

    PLO/Hamas/Hezbollah
    ….so were the people that lived there. Various militarized resistance movements arose in response to Israel: The Palestinian Liberation OrganizationHamas, and Hezbollah.

    State of Israel

     

     

    Guerrilla/Freedom Fighter/TerroristState of Israel
    Backed by “the West,” especially the US, they got lots of weapons and the only sanctioned nukes in the region.

     

    Guerrilla/Freedom Fighter/Terrorist
    Sometimes people fight in military uniforms, sometimes they don’t. Creeping up alongside are illicit nukes possibly from Iran or elsewhere in the region. Who’s Next?

    Angel of Death

     

     

     

    and finally…

    The Angel of Death
    The real hero of the Old Testament, and right now too.