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Jerusalem's Land Wars - Israel/Palestine

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Uploaded on Oct 26, 2007

June 1997
This shocking film takes us to the heart of the Arab-Israeli conflict over land ownership in Palestinian East Jerusalem. A powerful insight into the story behind the story.

Palestinian claims that homes are being bulldozed by Jews are poisoning peace efforts around Jerusalem. "God don't bless them", screams a middle aged Arab woman. Her house is being forcibly demolished in front of her eyes after she was accused of illegally building extra rooms. Despite a planned court hearing Israeli soldiers refuse to wait and the bulldozers begin smashing down the walls. "This is not good government" shouts a neighbour at soldiers standing nearby. A court injunction finally stops the demolition but already several rooms are just rubble. Mayor of Jerusalem, Ehud Olmert, is overseeing a massive building Program of new Jewish settlements, the most contentious is Har Homa. Olmert promises the Jewish building Program will continue. Near the disputed Old City armed guards protect Jewish residents. Hussam Jweihan refused to sell to Jewish buyers; now an armed Israeli guard is paid to watch him. An Arab landowner claims her tenant 'sold' her property to Jews , a move upheld by the courts. The new Jewish owner swears that she has a God-given right to be there. This subtle war breeds ever more tension between Jews and Arabs.

Produced by ABC Australia
Distributed by Journeyman Pictures

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