“Even Though My Land is Burning” is the result of a three-year process during which I attempted to analyze the role of Israeli activists in the Palestinian popular struggle today, especially through the perspective of a struggle towards a “one-state solution.” It is the result of numerous trips to Palestine, filming by myself with whatever equipment I could afford or borrow. Of course as an Israeli Jew myself, albeit one who left the country a decade ago, it was also a very personal journey and one which has further sharpened my private political understanding of the place I grew up in.
Even though I hope that I have succeeded in making a film which is able to excite, touch and at times maybe even evoke a smile, it is first and foremost a film which is meant to show that there is an option – an option of solidarity, an option of an alternative and better future for all the people of the land. The way of struggle which was chosen by the people of Nabi Saleh is one of many forms of Palestinian resistance, all of which are legitimate and all of which deserve our solidarity, and this film does not mean to make any other type of struggle seem less just. It is, however, one of the only struggles in the Palestinian resistance today in which Israelis can and do take part, which is what brought me to the village in the first place. Sadly, even in struggles like these not many Israelis take part in the way Ben does, but through this film I hope to remind viewers that this option still exists. There are many ways for people to resist the occupation, many ways – both inside and outside the country - to stand in solidarity with those who do. Prospects for a common and better future in Palestine do exist.