The Palestine conflict history explained in one absurd animation

This animated short by Nina Paley—in the tradition of the best Monty Python music skits—might not be an orthodox history lesson, but it's an accurate depiction of the horrible 6,000-year bloodshed in the region of Palestine, with dozens of tribes and nations fighting each other to claim ownership of that land.

Here is a summary on who is killing who in order of appearance—you can see the complete commentary at Paley's blog:

Early Man

Canaanite

Egyptian

Assyrian

Israelite

Babylonian

Macedonian/Greek

Greek/Macedonian

Ptolemaic

Seleucid

Hebrew Priest

Maccabee

Roman

Byzantine

Arab Caliph

Crusader

Mamluk of Egypt

Ottoman Turk

Arab

British

Palestinian

European Jew/Zionist

PLO/Hamas/Hezbollah

State of Israel

Guerrilla/Freedom Fighter/Terrorist

and finally…

The Angel of Death

The situation has always been so ridiculously bad and bloody that seeing it like this is hilarious. This fight of thousands of years for a tiny piece of dry land that nobody has ever really owned just doesn't make any sense at all.—Ed.


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