Harsh Justice in “The Law in These Parts”

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October 17th, 2013

Last Saturday night, an engaged group of students, faculty, and guests gathered for a screening of The Law in These Parts, a documentary on the Israeli military administration of the West Bank. It was followed by a discussion with the director, Ra’anan Alexandrowicz. The documentary explores a little known story regarding the relationship between political and military rule in Israel over the past 40 years. Through interviews with Israeli judges, prosecutors and legal advisors the filmmaker exposes a challenging predicament in Israel that has not been publicly discussed until now, namely, whether a modern democracy can impose a prolonged military occupation on another people while retaining its core democratic values?

A quote from one of the film goers on Saturday night:

“This was indeed a very unsettling film with great insights not only into politics but also the theory of law (beyond practice). A great documentation of “the instrumental conception” of law.  But it is also a great tribute to Israelis who seek justice and engage in bearing witness.”

For one of many appreciative reviews of this self-reflective documentary film, see this article by Kenneth Turan of the LATimes.

Abigail Jacobson, EWCJS Visiting Professor of Israel Studies, led the discussion. The BU School of Law and the Jewish Law Student Association co-hosted the event. (Thank you, Jared!)

Click here to learn more and watch the trailer.


The Law in These Parts