The quote below is from the illustrious, E.O. James in The Ancient Gods, regarding Palestinian culture between 5000 BC to 3000 BC.
"The highlands of Iran which extend north of Babylonia through Armenia to the Caucasus, Syria, and Palestine, lack the homogeneity of the river valleys. In these steppe-lands a much more loosely organized life was inevitable, free from the complex commercial and industrial undertakings, social submissions, planning and mechanization of the settled urban communities."
This description, of the " . . . much more loosely organized life . . . " as compared to the " . . . complex commercial and industrial undertakings, social submissions, planning and mechanization of the settled urban communities . . ." brings the conflicts of the West Bank very much to mind.
In the documentary film, 5 Broken Cameras, which is a collaboration between Palestinian film maker, Emad Burnat, and an Israeli film maker, Guy Davidi; the contrast between the more loosely organized traditions of village life and the complex mechanization of a military regime are brought into a clear focus. A clear focus, illustrated by the current conflict over land and law in the West Bank of Palestine.
The Ancient Gods, is a rather dry and scholarly text. It discuses the rise of cultures and religions in the Middle East, and their subsequent diffusion to the rest of the world, based on archeology and ancient records.
5 Broken Cameras is an amazing film for mature audiences. Our review can be found here:
Image ~ Palestinian Neolithic Arrowheads
From Wikimedia Commons