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IN OUR HANDS: Battle for Jerusalem (2017)

In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary | 23 May 2017 (USA)
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Produced by CBN Documentaries and Biblical Productions, "In Our Hands" tells the story of the Battle of Jerusalem in the Six-Day War through the eyes of the IDF's 55th Paratrooper Brigade, ... See full summary »


Erin Zimmerman


Erin Zimmerman





Credited cast:
Haim Almakis Haim Almakis ... Abdel Rahman Aref
Zion Ashkenazi Zion Ashkenazi ... Hanan Porat
Assaf Ashtar ... Mr. Cohen
Idan Barkai Idan Barkai ... Major Arik Achmon
Rami Baruch Rami Baruch ... General Moshe Dayan
Yishay Ben-Moshe Yishay Ben-Moshe ... Captain Yoram Zamosh
Liron Hai Biton Liron Hai Biton ... Paratrooper 5
Gil Cohen ... Yossi Fradkin
Hagit Dasberg ... Mrs. Cohen
Raz Engelmayer Raz Engelmayer ... Paratrooper 4
Ilya Farfel Ilya Farfel ... Michael Lanir
Ruth Farhi ... Grandmother Cohen
Sharon Fridman ... Colonel Motta Gur
Yehoyachin Friedlander Yehoyachin Friedlander ... Rabbi Shlomo Goren
Vladimir Friedman ... Israel Galili


Produced by CBN Documentaries and Biblical Productions, "In Our Hands" tells the story of the Battle of Jerusalem in the Six-Day War through the eyes of the IDF's 55th Paratrooper Brigade, highlighting their role in the liberation of Jerusalem. The docudrama combines dramatic reenactments with interviews of veterans of the Six-Day War and archival footage and photos.

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24 July 2018 | by westsideschlSee all my reviews

I have no particular interest in the Arab/Palestine-Israel issues, and so found this dramatized semi-doc to be a bit one-sided defense of Israel. Largely dealing w/their Old Jerusalem Six-Day War with a number of Arab states. The story starts w/the UN vote to "divide the land of Israel into two states". Some Israelis celebrated and some did not, "They divided my land. Where is our Hebron? Where is our Shechem? Where is our Jericho? "have they the right to give away even a centimeter of our land? God forbid!, They divided the Land of God".

What is the the foundation for this sense of ownership? The justification that it was God's gift to Judaism as being the first inhabitants 5000+ years ago, but historically that is questionable & seems to me to be a weak present day justification. Since then a complex history in which blame can easily be spread about. The many conflicts are used as justification to decide who has access and rights in Jerusalem region. Even as I write this Palestinians in Israel are further denied basic democratic rights. Israel's relations with the Palestinians has similarities to apartheid, but closer to my country it shares a resemblance to Euro-American 19th & 20th century Native people's placement onto reservations. In both cases we have fenced barriers & containment of culture, opportunity, movement, resources, and rights. And, as the resources on these "reservations" became valuable those lands were taken away, often by force. The history of this latest imbalance of power can be fact checked by looking at just two statistics. The number of killed (Palestinians vs. Israelis) since 2000 (10,000 vs. 1200); since the '50s maps showing the "acquisition" of Palestinian land by Israel. Still another way to understand the Palestinian POV is to imagine this: If someone much more powerful than you was slowly strangling you to death would you give up and die or would you fight back? Decades have shown those to be the only choices available.

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