Jewish studies department and Laemmle Theatre to screen “Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace”

Mary Pham

CSUN Jewish studies will present a documentary about the 1979 peace agreement between Israel and Egypt, in a narrative film called, “Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace,” on Sunday at the Laemmle’s Fallbrook 7 Theatre.“Our purpose will be first and foremost to provide the documentary as a background to see if we can learn some lesson from the process. In order to apply it to current conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians,” said Kassem Nabulsi, professor of political science.

The documentary will teach viewers about the relations between Israel and Egypt, what was the government’s role in channeling peace and the actions it took to receive a peaceful agreement in 1979 between both countries. Still photographs, video clippings and interviews are incorporated into the film to give viewers a better sense of what is going on in situations today.

The 95-minute film will be followed by a question-and-answer session with CSUN faculty members Jody Myers of the Jewish studies program and Kassem Nabulsi from the political science department.

Nabulsi hopes the film will act as a framework for discussions or analysis of Israel policy and conflicts then and now.

“I believe that there is a diverse point of view between the Jewish and Israeli community in Los Angeles. Some have a right-wing analysis on the issue in the Middle East, and others are more moderate in their approach. My contribution is to provide a responsible, healthy and fundamental guide to creating a parallel discussion in this experience,” Nabulsi said.

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