The Settlers

110 minutes 2016

This outstanding Israeli documentary presents a trenchant, well-researched analysis of the settler movement in the Occupied Territories, portraying it as ideologically divided but, in its growing numbers and influence, still devastating to a peaceful two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians. Director Shimon Dotan (Hot House) traces the settler phenomenon back to the religious Zionism of Rabbi Zvi Yehuda Kook, whose followers saw Israel's victory in the Six-Day War of 1967 as prophecy and honored it by staking claim to ancient Jewish holy sites in the West Bank. Zealotry continues to spur settlement and expansion of illegal outposts, though over the decades the population boom has also been fed by secular Israelis, Russian emigrés, neo-hippies, and American Christian evangelists. The tension between settlers reverting to Old Testament law and Israelis committed to a modern democratic state tests an already fraught region. In English and subtitled Hebrew and Arabic.

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