The new documentary, The Law in These Parts, is getting a lot of attention. Yesterday the New York Times published an Op-Ed piece by filmmaker Ra’anan Alexandrowicz that included a chilling excerpt of the film that shows Israeli military officers displaying higher moral standards about the occupation than the Israeli judges who have legalized it.
Michael Ratner just saw the film at the Sundance Festival in Utah and shared this report:
A remarkable film about the “legal” system in the Israeli Occupied Territories. A devastating look at how law and especially the Israeli Supreme Court has been employed for 40 years to legitimize the illegitimate, the cruel and the immoral. Amazingly the judges themselves are the confessors–although often they are unaware. For many years the Israeli Supreme Court (and its former Chief Justice Barak) have gotten more than a pass–it (and he) have been lauded as beacons of justice. That may be true for Israeli Jews, but it’s that very reputation that has allowed the court to make it appear that Palestinans arrested, administratively detained and tortured have had their day in court. It’s the Supreme Court that has approved the stealing of Palestinian land–giving “legitimacy” to theft.
When you get a chance–see this film. You will see the Supreme Court for what it is–worse than a rubber stamp, a key part of the machinery of repression.