Recent Viewing: “The Law in These Parts”

As I’ve written: “I know Israel isn’t perfect. I will listen to criticisms arising from a sincere concern for Israel’s health and security.” There are serious criticisms embedded within THE LAW IN THESE PARTS, a documentary from Israeli filmmaker Ra’anan Alexandrowicz that’s available for online viewing until September 18. And I’m not at all sorry to have watched it.

I learned a lot from this documentary, described as “a tour-de-force examination of the system of military administration used by Israel since the Six Day War of 1967 — featuring the system’s leading creators.” It made me think and question (and agonize), and it may do the same for you. (It also made me look for other viewers’ reactions: this piece from Jewish Ideas Daily provides some cautionary notes.)

In the end, what the film has done is this: It has made me pray even more fervently for an especially swift, secure, and somehow satisfactory resolution to the West Bank part of the ongoing negotiations. Wishful thinking? Perhaps.

If you watch the film, let me know your reaction.