Ahmad Habash is a Palestinian film maker and animator. I just saw his short film, Fatenah, about a woman in Gaza who gets diagnosed with breast cancer and has to confront the lack of good medical treatment in Gaza, along with the heavy restrictions placed on travel out of Gaza by the Israeli military. I remember seeing soldiers like that in the West Bank. When you're shoved and gassed and sound-bombed, It's so easy to hate them. Then you remember that they are the ones most dehumanized by the occupation, like our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. I think that's the saddest thing.
Anyways, Habash does some great animation/sand art. Check it out.
From the Memory of the Sand