Aqabat Jaber: Peace with no Return?
Film by Eyal Sivan
1994

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Can peace between Israel and Palestine be possible without the return of the Palestinian refugees to their homeland which has now become Israel? Does the return - either physical or symbolic - of people that suffered an injustice in 1948 when the state of Israel was created, have to take place?

Having made "Aqabat Jaber, passing through" just before the Intifada, Eyal Sivan returns to a refugee camp the day after the evacuation of the region by the Israeli army. A few kilometres from Jericho and built 50 years ago, Aqabat-Jaber is a refugee camp that is under Palestinian control today. Its 3,000 inhabitants have not however seen their status change. According to the peace treaty, they are still refugees and cannot go back to the villages from which their parents fled. The return home of the refugees, right at the heart of the Israelo-Palestine conflict, will determine the future of the Middle East.

This film, which hopes to be analogical, tells the story of the Palestinian refugees, like all refugees, deported populations, displaced persons, that are the centre of the great conflicts of the 20th century.

61 minutes | 16 mm | color | 4:3 | 1995 / Location : Palestine / OV : Arabi

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