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Aqabat Jaber: Peace Without Return?

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Directed by | Eyal Sivan

Genre documentary  |  Length: 61mins  |  Year of production: 1995

The right to return of the Palestinian refugees, is at the heart of the IsraeliPalestinian conflict, and will determine the future of the Middle East. Having made the earlier film Aqabat Jaber, Passingthrough (1987) just before the first Intifada, director Eyal Sivan returns to this refugee camp the day after the evacuation of the region by the Israeli army. A few kilometres from Jericho and built 50 years ago, AqabatJaber is today a refugee camp under Palestinian control. 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. 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? This analogical film tells the story of the Palestinian refugees who, like all refugees, are the deported populations and displaced persons, and are the centre of the great conflicts of our time.