A risky desert life

    PALESTINE: In the southern West Bank, Bedouin drivers risk their lives smuggling illegal workers over the border.

    If you drive fast, they cannot see you. The dust from the desert road will cover the car, and the soldiers will not be able to make out what is moving.

    This is one of the rules the smugglers in the southern parts of the West Bank adhere to. In the opening sequences of the brilliant documentary, The Devil’s Drivers, we meet Hamouda, while he is speeding through the desert landscape with his human cargo. The film is about Palestinians that sneak into Israel without work permits in order to make a living. It is risky because getting caught means prison.

    The Devil's Drivers, a film by Daniel Carsenty, Mohammed Abugeth
    The Devil’s Drivers, a film by Daniel Carsenty, Mohammed Abugeth

    Israeli patrols

    In 2002 the Israelis began construction of a 500-mile wall around the Palestinian territories. Only around Jenba, a tiny village in the southern end of the West Bank, the wall has . . .

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