Black Panthers Palestine
Jewish Voice for Peace, Rebecca Pierce, 2017 (13 mins)
The film follows Moroccan Jewish activist and former Israeli Black Panther leader Reuven Abergel as he leads a tour of the Musrara neighbourhood in Jerusalem. Reuven recounts the history of the Israeli Black Panthers, a protest group started by Mizrahi Jews from the Middle East and North Africa struggling against Israeli state violence against their communities. In the process he also illustrates why he believes anti-Mizrahi racism in Israel is deeply connected to the dispossession of Palestinians.
Based on the American Black Panther movement of the 1970’s, Mizrahi Jews, who were treated as second class citizens by many Ashkenazi Jews in Israel, started to form their own resistance, which aligns itself, even today, with Palestinians and African migrant struggles.