Jeremy Hardy v The Israeli Army

In 2002, I was approached by the Palestinian director, Leila Sansour, to front a documentary about the International Solidarity Movement, anti-occupation activists operating in the West Bank and Gaza. She wanted me to go to Bethlehem. I was quite flattered, unaware that she had asked 98 other people, working downwards from Madonna.

Leila assured me that, because the ISM is a non-violent movement, I would be in no danger. Unfortunately, while I was on the plane, Ariel Sharon launched a full-scale invasion of the Occupied Territories. I got to Bethlehem shortly before his tanks. The ISM were indeed peaceful, the Israeli Army, not so much. It all got a bit lairy.