CHRISTCHURCH: Documentary premiere screening: Whose Land?

12 November 2017 @ 2:00 PM
Harmony Church
220 Antigua St
Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011
New Zealand
Admission free: A collection will be taken to defray expenses, please bring a plate of finger food
Rebecca Marchand
+64 (21) 0224 2515

You are invited to a the Christchurch premiere of the documentary “Whose Land Part 1: Foundations”?

A century after the Balfour Declaration of November 1917, the argument over the land – then known as Palestine – rages on.

Politicians, Clerics, school teachers living in the Gaza strip, the West Bank and the Old City of Jerusalem, teach their children, teenagers and young adults that the Balfour Declaration was illegal, and that the whole of the land – now known as Israel – in fact belongs to the Arab people who known today as the Palestinians.

The Palestinian claim goes on to assert that the Jewish people have no historic connection with Jerusalem, that they are in fact trying to judaize the Holy City and that the Jewish presence there is illegal.

Moreover this claim is now becoming widely accepted among many in the Western world.  So what historical and legal claim do the Palestinian Arabs have over Jerusalem and the Land of Israel?

Do the Jewish people have historic and legal rights?  If so, when and where did they originate?

In the first of a two-part documentary “Whose Land?” Richard Kemp, together with a group of historians and international lawyers, examine the conflicting claims of the Palestinians and the Israelis through the eyes of verifiable history and international law.

Presented by Col Richard Kemp CBE (ret’d).  Produced and directed by Hugh Kitson.


Colonel Richard Kemp CBE is a retired British Army officer who served from 1977 to 2006. He was Commander of British Forces Afghanistan, an infantry battalion Commanding Officer, worked for the Joint Intelligence Committee and COBR and completed 14 operational tours of duty around the globe.

Kemp testified before the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, denying allegations that Israel engaged in war crimes and crimes against humanity during the Gaza War in December 2008 to January 2009. Kemp based his assessment on publicly available information from both sides, press reports and his 30-year experience of counter-terrorism operations and planning.[22] In June 2009, Kemp wrote “HAMAS, THE GAZA WAR AND ACCOUNTABILITY UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW” for the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. In this paper, Kemp accused Hamas of deploying women and children as suicide attackers, and wrote that “women and children are trained and equipped to fight, collect intelligence and ferry arms and ammunition between battles”.

In October 2009, Kemp made a presentation to the United Nations Human Rights Council in response to the introduction of the Goldstone report in which Israel and Hamas were accused of war crimes and possible crimes against humanity during the Gaza War. Kemp spoke to the UN HRC on behalf of UN Watch.[24] Kemp said: “Of course innocent civilians were killed. War is chaos and full of mistakes. There have been mistakes by the British, American and other forces in Afghanistan and in Iraq, many of which can be put down to human error. But mistakes are not war crimes… Based on my knowledge and experience, I can say this: during Operation Cast Lead, the Israeli Defense Forces did more to safeguard the rights of civilians in the combat zones than any other army in the history of warfare.”

On 11 March 2015, Richard Kemp visited the University of Sydney in Sydney, New South Wales to deliver a lecture on “Ethical Dilemmas of Military Tactics” and the complexities in dealing with violent non-state actors like ISIL. This lecture was interrupted by a group of pro-Palestinian demonstrators led by Associate-Professor Jake Lynch, the Director of the University’s Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. Following a heated exchange between the protesters and audience members, the pro-Palestinian protesters were evicted by security guards. In response to the incident, Richard Kemp wrote a letter to the University of Sydney criticising Lynch’s behavior and accusing the latter of anti-Semitism. The University of Sydney has since commenced an investigation into the incident.

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