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    A symbol of policy

    ISRAEL: The story of the eastern side of Hebron, a microcosm of a conflict and a test site for control throughout the West Bank.

    Developed within the Tel Aviv CoPro market and premiered at this year’s DocAviv Festival, this international co-production is a chilling reminder of a city everybody had heard of but strangely disappeared from the world headlines at some point within the last two decades: Hebron. For centuries a thriving civilizational centre (its beginnings reached 18th cent BCE), the biggest city of the West Bank, where the Jews and Arab’s common father – Abraham, is buried, Hebron was put under the Israeli occupation in 1967. What happened since then and what is happening there is a focus of the H2: The Occupation Lab.

    Richly illustrated with archival footage shot in Hebron in particular decades, featuring the city life, its residents, and political figures of both the Israeli and Arab sides, the film spotlight lies, however, on the Israeli military commanders – their approaches, reasoning, and lines of thinking about a task of controlling the city’s 300,000 Arab population.

    H2: The Occupation Lab, a film by Idit Avrahami, Noam Sheizaf
    H2: The Occupation Lab, a film by Idit Avrahami, Noam Sheizaf

    Starting with good intentions

    It all started with good intentions, in a nice and civic way – with almost a decade-long collaboration between the Israeli government and the Arab City Council. The initial aim was to create an occupation invisible to city residents, peacefully co-exist, and re-establish the moderate Jewish settlement within Hebron’s Palestinian population. In 1976, the Israeli government decided to organize free, democratic elections for . . .

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