This Land Is Mine: The Israel-Palestine Conflict in One Musical Number

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This Land Is Mine is a parody of “The Exodus Song”.

That music was sort of the soundtrack of American zionism in the 1960’s and 70’s. It was supposed to express Jewish entitlement to Israel.

By putting the song in the mouth of every warring party, I’m critiquing the original song.

Lyrics by Pat Boone, sung by Andy Williams
This land is mine
God gave this land to me

This brave and ancient land to me
And when the morning sun
Reveals her hills and plains
Then I see a land
Where children can run free.

So take my hand
And walk this land with me
And walk this lovely land with me
Tho’ I am just a man

When you are by my side

With the help of God
I know I can be strong.

Tho’ I am just a man

When you are by my side

With the help of God
I know I can be strong.

To make this land our home

If I must fight

I’ll fight to make this land our own.
Until I die this land is mine!

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Kinda puts it all in perspective…

Quoted text via Nina Paley via Films For Action.
Audio is a parody of The Exodus Song sung by Andy Williams, lyrics by Pat Boone.
Check out Nina Paley‘s site, which has an explanation of the historical identity of each of the characters, or Wikipedia for personal information on American animator Nina Paley herself.

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About Heretic

I design video games for a living, write fiction, political theory and poetry for personal amusement, and train regularly in Western European 16th century swordwork. On frequent occasion I have been known to hunt for and explore abandoned graveyards, train tunnels and other interesting places wherever I may find them, but there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that I am preparing to set off a zombie apocalypse. Nothing that will stand up in court, at least. I use paranthesis with distressing frequency, have a deep passion for history, anthropology and sociological theory, and really, really, really hate mayonnaise. But I wash my hands after the writing. Promise.

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