Hidden History: Former IDF Member Talks Frankly About Palestinian Repression

The Hundred Million Dollar Home

Al Jazeera (2018)

Film Review

This film provides an interesting snapshot of daily in Hebron. The latter is a city in the occupied West Bank 30 km south of Jerusalem. Owing to the presence of illegal Israeli settlements in Hebron, the movements of Palestinians are severely restricted with checkpoints and curfews.

Hebron is most famous for its combination mosque/synagogue at the Tomb of the Patriarchs, where the prophet Abraham (revered in both religions) is buried.

Much of the documentary focuses on the Israeli peace movement that frequently conducts tours in Hebron to give Israeli and international visitors the opportunity to meet face-to-face with real life Palestinians.

The most interesting part of the documentary features a former member of the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) who helps lead these tours. He talks quite frankly about his superiors ordering him to conduct arbitrary midnight home searches, surveillance and other forms of intimidation against Hebron’s Palestinian residents.

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