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The Wall by Brunner, Benny

This critical point-of-view documentary, by outspoken Israeli filmmaker Benny Brunner, attacks the construction of the Israeli West Bank barrier as a symptom of what ails Israel. The wall is a system, up to 100 meters wide, of barbed wire, electronic fences with sensors on it, cameras, and remotely controlled machineguns. When completed, it will be more than 600 km long and will constitute one of the most dramatic geopolitical changes in the history of the Middle East.

Social Interest
For Palestinians it is the "Apartheid Wall," Israel calls it a terror prevention barrier. As the separation fence is being built mainly on Palestinian land, it separates chiefly Palestinian villages from their sources of life. Under the pretext of fighting terrorism the Israeli government builds a wall that seems to make the Israeli control over the territories occupied in 1967 irreversible.

Historic Interest
Since its inception, Israel has erected physical barriers as a means of protection against suicide-bombers and guerrilla attacks. The idea of creating a physical barrier between the Israeli and Palestinian populations was first proposed by Yitzhak Rabin in 1992, following the murder of an Israeli teenage girl in Jerusalem. As a result the Gaza Strip barrierIsraeli, was constructed in 1994 largely on the 1949 armistice line between Israel and the Gaza Strip, and has been much less controversial then the construction of the Israeli West Bank barrier.

Controversy
The barrier is a very controversial project. Supporters claim the barrier is a necessary tool protecting Israeli civilians from what they see as Palestinian terrorism, including suicide bombing attacks, that increased significantly during the al-Aqsa Intifada (Second Intifada). Opponents claim the barrier is an illegal attempt to annex Palestinian land under the guise of security, violates international law, has the intent or effect to pre-empt final status negotiations, and severely restricts Palestinians who live nearby (see the documentary Concrete Curtain), particularly their ability to travel freely within the West Bank and to access work in Israel, thereby undermining their economy. To make things even more complicated some Pro-settler opponents claim that the barrier is a sly attempt to artificially create a border that excludes the settlers, creating "facts on the ground" that justify the mass dismantlement of hundreds of settlements and displacement of over 100,000 Jews from the land they claim as their biblical homeland.

About the Producer
Benny Brunner is an Israeli-Dutch filmmaker based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Jewish and Israeli modern history, and inspiring individuals are the subject matters of his films. Brunner has written, directed, and produced documentary films internationally since mid-1980s. He does not believe in "objectivity" in documentary filmmaking, especially in times of conflict, when people are killed in the name of ideology. His political stand in the century old struggle between Arabs and Jews in Palestine-Israel is clearly reflected in his films.

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Director
Brunner, Benny
Copyright Holder
Xela Films
Duration
53 min.
Year of release
2003
Language
English

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