Friday, June 21, 2013


The Law in These Parts (2012), by Ra'anan Alexandrowicz, burns with a deliberate and reasoned outrage at the separate and decidedly unequal legal system in Israel's Occupied Territories. In the years since 1967, the military has set up its own rule of law that appears to operate without major interference from the Israeli judiciary or government. Alexandrowicz's interviews are intense interrogations, and the various military legal experts and judges in the hot seat respond with various combinations of irony, suave self-assurance, and irritation. Alexandrowicz occasionally uses voice-over to muse on the nature of documentary truth (top still, with Oded Pesensson, a former military judge), and the green screen behind his interviewees comes alive with powerful footage of Palestinian residents, Intifada stone-throwers, and detainees. Second still: Justice Amnon Strashnov sums up the the film's key point about the primacy of security over justice.                                                                                                                                                                             
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