An Animated History of the Land Called Israel/Palestine/Canaan/the Levant

Editor’s note: This video contains depictions of violence that may be disturbing or distressing to some viewers.

The land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea has changed hands countless times since the biblical era. In this short film, ​This Land is Mine, the animator Nina Paley depicts this turbulent history with the gore and tribalism that has long-defined life in the Holy Land. Paley’s film features twenty-five characters, including the Canaanites, the Ottomans, the British, the state of Israel, and the PLO. You can find the complete list of characters on her website. If you’d like to donate to her feature-length project based off of this animation, you may do that here.