The Law In These Parts (2012)

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What is legal and what is just? The wide gap between the two is explored meticulously by this Israeli investigation (winner of the Best Documentary Award at the Sundance and Jerusalem Film Festivals) of the legal structure created after the 1967 Six Days War, specifically to treat the West Bank and Gaza Strip as occupied territories. Speaking with some of Israel's most respected lawyers and judges - men who helped to craft and later interpret these laws - filmmaker Ra'anan Alexandrowicz asks … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
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Written By: Ra'anan Alexandrowicz
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On DVD: Jun 3, 2013
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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (9)

On the surface, it sounds like a boring, esoteric day in law class, but in truth, it plays out like a riveting session in court ...

Full Review… | January 17, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
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This may sound like a dry, legalistic endeavor, but the result will surprise you.

Full Review… | December 13, 2012
Los Angeles Times
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"The Law in These Parts'' more than accomplishes its goal of provoking a discussion about imposing laws on people who have no say in making them.

Full Review… | November 16, 2012
New York Post
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Both provocative and self-indulgent.

Full Review… | November 15, 2012
Hollywood Reporter
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The Law in These Parts applies a cold anger to one of the geopolitical world's most passionate discords.

Full Review… | November 13, 2012
Village Voice
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By keeping its focus admirably tight, the sober and sobering Israeli documentary "The Law in These Parts" presents a devastating case against the occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Full Review… | November 13, 2012
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for The Law In These Parts

½

'The Law in These Parts'. The disgusting actions and absurd double standards of the Israeli Supreme Court and military judges in the laws and rulings handed down over the last 40 years in Occupied Territories.

Making it all the worse is the staunch defense the retired judges that are the subjects of this documentary still put forward. As far as they were concerned, the form of justice they were serving was to make sure whatever the military needed to happen, happened. No authority figure in the Israel army was ever questioned, and each judge took the word of the army as absolute truth, while discounting the Palestinians at every opportunity, because they were the "enemy". This was the system they were a part of, and a system they could break free of.

All the Supreme Court did was enable the military.Their involvement eases the mind of Israelis, in OKing the military's actions. When increasingly large numbers of Palestinians were being arrested, the system started failing, as everyone had to stand trial. So what happened? They thought they'd speed the whole process up by bypassing that whole pesky trial aspect, unless a trial was explicitly asked for; the system was fine once again. Did this have to pass through parliament or anything? No, don't be silly! It was the decision of one man, and who knows how many thousands of lives it affected. Completely absurd.

There's a theory put forward that if the military had been left to their own devices, going about things in an even more violent manner, the people of Israel would have spoken out against this, and not let it going on as long as it has.

One interviewee says towards the end that these laws weren't written for the people within the Occupied Territories; they were written to protect us. We wouldn't be able to enjoy the safety that we do without their actions. "Us" and "we" was in the context of the people of Israel. I couldn't however help but think of the current U.S. invasion of Afghanistan.

It's a mad world we live in where people in power think and function like this. It doesn't seem like it's stopping any time soon either. This is not justice, it's delusion. A real eye-opener.

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½

"The Law in These Parts" is an insightful documentary that looks into the way the law has been enforced, often unevenly, by Israeli military authorities in the occupied territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip since 1967. To the filmmakers' credit, they go directly to the source which is military judges who presided over cases and in some cases created that law. That is especially interesting considering the obscure Ottoman law that led to the creation of the controversial settlements.

Considering the judges seem to be interviewed of their own free will, it does seem at least a little rude for them to be questioned as hostile witnesses, especially the one guy in a wheelchair. Plus, you are bound to get more information in a pleasant environment, anyway. That's not to mention the documentary being unnecessarily meta. I mean, yes, if the witness is still alive and can shed some light on the case in question, by all means interview her and not just talk about her.

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