Criden grew up in northern Israel and spent two years in the Israeli military, where his duties included manning checkpoints in the West Bank. In the film we see him as a student in Professor Beshara Doumani’s class on the history of Palestine.
I’ve been struggling with having any kind of hope, especially lately. I remember as a kid, I used to have a lot of hope . . . I’m not sure I speak for most Israelis, but I do think it is very common, this lack of any kind of hope toward any kind of resolution. And I was always interested if somebody like me on the other side, 25, 26 [years old] . . . do they have hope? --Avi Criden
Dershowitz is the author of several books including The Case for Israel and The Case for Peace: How the Arab-Israeli Conflict Can Be Resolved.
Doumani most recently edited the collection Academic Freedom after September 11, and is the author of Rediscovering Palestine: Merchants and Peasants in Jabal Nablus, 1700-1900 and Family History in the Middle East: Household, Property, and Gender.
Finkelstein is the author of several books including Beyond Chutzpah: On the misuse of anti-Semitism and the abuse of history and The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the exploitation of Jewish suffering.
Haritan was born in Israel. His parents moved to San Jose, California, when he was nine. Itamar is active member of the Israel Action Committee.
. . . It pains me that people are leaving Israel. I’m learning here at Berkeley, hopefully, how to change things. . . . But the inner conflicts are the ones that make or break a people. -Itamar Haritan
Lichaa was born and raised in the Bay Area of northern California. His parents emigrated from Egypt. He was the co-founder of Boalt Students for Israel.
Campus after campus after campus, people decided to merge the line between criticism of Israel and criticism of the Jewish people. That’s not acceptable. -Shawn Lichaa
Nabi grew up in the Bronx, New York. Her father is from Iraq and her mother is from Tunisia. She is past president of Turath, the Arab cultural organization on campus.
It makes you so frustrated. You just are so disheartened. . . . Can everybody just forget that we are all 18, 19 year olds going through college? . . . Nobody’s the ambassador or president of anything. Nobody lives in Israel or Palestine, even though [they] fly there every summer. Can we just . . . calm down? -- Khadijah Abdul Nabi
Salahi was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. His parents emigrated from Syria. He is an active member of the Students for Justice in Palestine.
I think the reason I am so passionate about this goes back to the fact that I do have family in the region. . . . That is always on your mind, their welfare, their well-being, their futures. As well as your own. –Yaman Salahi
Weiss was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was a leader in the Columbians for Academic Freedom in 2003 - 2004. She also served as Editor-in-Chief of The Current: A Journal of Contemporary Politics, Culture and Jewish Affairs.
To even enter into a conversation on Israel-Palestine, I would have to do this: ‘I’m Bari. I’m a Zionist. BUT, I criticize Israel. I think there needs to be withdrawal from the West Bank immediately. AND I’m really left on social issues and this and this and this . . .’ There had to be 500 caveats before I could even talk. --Bari Weiss