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Israel

Small bits of beauty

Garry Keane, Andrew McConnell: Gaza

EVERYDAY IN GAZA: The film depicts the resignation that is, in fact, a will to find a life and a happiness in the midst of all the tragedies.

The city left in the fog of oblivion

Guy-Marc Hinant: Charleroi, The Land of 60 Mountains

: The filmmaker Guy-Marc Hinant wants to save the hometown's reputation by digging out the forgotten stories that have been hidden in the slag heaps of the city's memories.

25 years after the Oslo Agreement

Seth Anziska: Preventing Palestine. A Political History from Camp David to Oslo.

: Eager to bring the Camp David agreement to fruition in 1978 has later made it difficult to meet the Palestinians' desire for an independent state, writes historian Seth Anziska in a new book.

Parallel life in the West Bank 

Avner Faingulernt: In the Desert: Omar's Dream and Avidan's Dream

: Avner Faingulernt's two film portraits are a reminder that a birthplace can make the difference between heaven and hell.  

Israel is well on its way to apartheid

: An Israel that is now defined in the law as "Jewish" can no longer call itself democratic.

Mossad agents lighten the veil

Duki Dror: Inside the Mossad: Imperfect Spies

: The documentary Inside the Mossad reveals former Mossad agents' inside spy stories – some of them even about recent incidents. 

Israel's permanent temporary

: The old declaration of equality between citizens has been removed in Israel's urgently adopted new law.

The country is full!

Alon Tal: The Land Is Full. Addressing Overpopulation In Israel

: Israeli researcher uses his own country to demonstrate how the population can run wild.

When death becomes the last alternative

: In the weekly demonstrations at the Gaza border, thousands of protesters are betting their lives for a better future.

Romance and Racism in Tekoa

Iris Zaki: unsettling

: A "left-wing" Israeli filmmaker spends 30 days in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank, in an attempt to get behind the stereotypes. 

The struggle for the Palestinian popular memory 

: The ongoing Palestinian return march, which began on March 30 and has gathered tens of thousands of Palestinians, is a message to Israel and the international community that the Palestinians uphold the demand for the right to return to their homeland.

The journey to Pitchipoï

Marceline Loridan-Ivens: And you didn't come back

: Strong testimony in the form of a letter about surviving Birkenau – and the difficult life that follows.

Undressing the lie

Ilan Pappe: Ten myths about Israel

: With Ten Myths About Israel, author Ilan Pappe shows how easily "truth" can be constructed and sold to uncritical masses. What consequences does this have for the objective, fact-based truth? The book is a shocking read, and a "must" for anyone interested in the Middle East, democracy, politics and history.

West of the West Bank

Avshalom Rubin: The Limits of the Land. How the Struggle for the West Bank Shaped the Arab-Israeli Conflict

: The conflict between Israel and Palestine is more difficult to resolve than ever, states Middle East researcher in new book. 

"Not many enough!"

: A complex relationship over many centuries is now expressed in the recent Polish-Israeli conflict.

With hope of change

Erika Cohn / Rina Castelnuovo-Hollander and Tamir Elterman: The Judge / Muhi – Generally Temporary

: By portraying a female Sharia judge in the West Bank and a Palestinian boy in an Israeli hospital, respectively, these two documentaries provide insight into some of the challenges Palestinians face. 

Looking to Israel

: If you look at the number of Jews in Europe after World War II, they have gone down dramatically, also in Norway, says Conrad Myrland from Med Israel for peace.

"Bloody Oslo"

Mother Loushy and Daniel Sivan: The Oslo Diaries

: What really happened during the secret talks between Israelis and Palestinians in Oslo in the early 90s?

In the backyard of the war

: Although the peace process between Israel and Palestine has stopped, the Palestinians in Nabi Saleh still dream of access to the Mediterranean.

Boycott Israel Movement nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

: The BDS movement takes a new path in the more than 70-year-long conflict between Israel and Palestine. Based on non-violent principles, they try to pressure the occupying power to respect international law, human rights and adopted UN conventions. Should they receive the Nobel Peace Prize?

Suburbia in the West Bank

Sara Yael Hirschhorn: City on a hilltop. American Jews and the Israeli Settler Movement

: American immigrants make up far more Israeli settlers than their share of the population would suggest.

Boycott prohibited

: With new threats of sky-high fines, imprisonment and accusations of anti-Semitism and discrimination, everyone should be deterred from both participating in and calling for a boycott of Israel.

Israel's impossible catch-67

Micha Goodman: Catch 67

: The Israeli historian of ideas Micha Goodman gives a good analysis of why the Israelis no longer see any solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict. 

Another stone in the wall

Moran Ifergan: The Wall

: The Wailing Wall is a place of enormous importance to millions of Jews. What role does it play in the daily lives of Israelis?

European new wave

: A new progressive wave sweeps across Europe, trying to wash away right-wing populism. Can Israel also benefit from this?