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also known as Shilton Ha Chok

The Law in These Parts2011

  • 4.3
What is legal and what is just? Through candid, first-ever, interviews with Israeli judges, prosecutors and legal advisors, THE LAW IN THESE PARTS, winner of the Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, is a gripping and revelatory investigation into the legal framework put in place by Israel to govern the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Since Israel conquered the territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the 1967 war, the military has imposed thousands of orders and laws, established military courts, sentenced hundreds of thousands of Palestinians, enabled half a million Israeli "settlers" to move to the Occupied Territories and developed a system of long-term jurisdiction by an occupying army that is unique in the entire world. The men entrusted with creating this new legal framework were the members of Israel's military legal corps. Responding to a constantly changing reality, these legal professionals have faced (and continue to face) complex judicial and moral dilemmas in order to develop and uphold a system of long-term military “rule by law” of an occupied population, all under the supervision of Israel's Supreme Court, and, according to Israel, in complete accordance with international law. THE LAW IN THESE PARTS explores this unprecedented and little-known story through testimonies of the military legal professionals who were the architects of the system and helped run it in its formative years. The film attempts to ask some crucial questions that are often skirted or avoided: Can such an occupation be achieved within a legal framework that includes genuine adherence to the principals of rule-of-law? Should it? Can a modern democracy impose a prolonged military occupation on another people while retaining its core democratic values?

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This is a documentary in which the Israeli military judges (for the most part) talk about their role in enforcing military law in the occupied Palestinian territories. While the Jews and the settlers avail themselves of civil law, legislated by a Parliament composed of their elected representatives, the Palestinians exist under military law which is decided solely by the military as a series of administrative orders which can be changed at a moments notice by the military commanders. House demolitions are legal, administrative arrests without charges, bail, or a hearing, are legal. In the military courts, the defendant has no right to see the accuser, or to even see the evidence against him. And, guess what the basis is for this military law: Israeli security. I cannot help but wonder, if the Jews did not brutally oppress the Palestinians with a view to taking their land, maybe the Jews would not have to be so concerned about their security. Surely the prejudiced legal system illustrated in this documentary does not lead to a peaceful settlement of this conflict.

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This is a documentary in which the Israeli military judges (for the most part) talk about their role in enforcing military law in the occupied Palestinian territories. While the Jews and the settlers avail themselves of civil law, legislated by a Parliament composed of their elected representatives, the Palestinians exist under military law which is decided solely by the military as a series of administrative orders which can be changed at a moments notice by the military commanders. House demolitions are legal, administrative arrests without charges, bail, or a hearing, are legal. In the military courts, the defendant has no right to see the accuser, or to even see the evidence against him. And, guess what the basis is for this military law: Israeli security. I cannot help but wonder, if the Jews did not brutally oppress the Palestinians with a view to taking their land, maybe the Jews would not have to be so concerned about their security. Surely the prejudiced legal system illustrated in this documentary does not lead to a peaceful settlement of this conflict.

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Intelligent, thought-provoking, honest. Among the best.