Hebron is the largest city in the middle of the occupied West Bank, 30 kilometers south of Jerusalem. Hebron is famous as a holy city, a place of pilgrimage for the Jews, Christians and ... See full summary »
Hebron is the largest city in the middle of the occupied West Bank, 30 kilometers south of Jerusalem. Hebron is famous as a holy city, a place of pilgrimage for the Jews, Christians and Muslims because Abraham, the forefather of the three most important monotheistic religions, is buried there. Today Hebron is a city of violence and hate. Written by
Giulia Amati & Stephen Natanson
I caught a screening of this at the Lincoln Center Human Rights Watch film festival. Boy oh boy, what a bunch of looney tunes those Hebron settlers are! It's sure nice to know our American taxpayer dollars are helping support this madness. That said, I can certainly see an argument being made that this film is too one-sided, with nary a mention of Palestinian-upon-settler violence. The inclusion of news footage on the Cave of the Patriarchs massacre also seemed to come out of nowhere and be a bit gratuitous. My main complaint with the documentary, though, is that the relentless focus on settler ugliness and, on the other side, the anti-occupation Israeli tours came to be a bit dull and repetitive. It would have been nice to have seen the film opened up a bit by focusing more widely on Israeli settlement policy, including some interviews with government officials, and exploring why the Israeli public and political class seem powerless to effect sensible policy changes.
The one thing this film should do is make a star out of that creepy settler who goes on and on about the Palestinian mother and her daughters being "whores." That woman should be in pictures! How about the next Roman Polanski thriller?
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