Published on 14th January 2019 by

Fly Palestine (2002) – This film offers a unique insight into ordinary Palestinians’ aspirations of independence, seen through those connected to the new airport in Gaza, opened in 1998.

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After years of painstaking negotiations with Israel, which feared the Palestinians could fly a commercial airliner into targets in Tel Aviv, the Palestinian sense of sovereignty was boosted. Everyone involved with the new airline bristled with national pride… Until the peaceful summer of 2000 was shattered by Israeli missiles and the new Intifada. Israel closed the airport in retribution, and sealed off the West Bank. The airport was then opened and closed repeatedly, in line with each political twist, until in January 2002 Israeli bulldozers tore up the airport’s runway.

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