Israeli Army Bars Documentary on West Bank

By Haaretz

Published March 18, 2012.
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The IDF Spokesperson’s unit has recently forbidden the screening of an Israeli documentary film about the West Bank legal system before an Israeli Defense Forces unit.

The creators of the film, which critically examines Israel’s legal system in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza, contacted senior officials within the IDF court system in attempts to screen the film before soldiers serving in military courts. The IDF Spokesperson’s unit, however, thwarted the plan and forbade the screening.

The Law in These Parts, directed by Ra’anan Alexandrowicz, was first shown at the most recent Jerusalem Film Festival, and won the prize for best documentary. Two months ago, it competed in the prestigious Sundance Film Festival where it won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize in Documentary.

In the film, Alexandrowicz interviews several Israeli lawmakers who were former senior officials in the military courts, in order to better understand the development of the Israeli legal system in the territories.

A few months ago, the creators of the film contacted officers within the IDF courts and offered to screen The Law in These Parts for the judges in the military courts at the Ofer prison, located near Ramallah. The filmmakers also offered to hold and participate in a discussion of the film and its contents with the judges, as they have done at screenings in the past.

“Despite their disagreement with a large portion of the film’s contents, the officials in the unit expressed interest in our offer,” said producer Liran Atzmor


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