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(documentary) Israel - "Hot House" (Part 3/3)

Palestinian leaders in Israeli prisons. "At least 10,000 Palestinians are imprisoned in Israeli jails today. They are called 'Security Prisoners'. For most Israelis they are assassins and criminals. For most Palestinians they are heroes and freedom-fighters.

With unique access to the most guarded Palestinian prisoners in Israel, director Shimon Dotan and producer Arik Bernstein explore the evolution of the Palestinian Prisoners into a political force and the impact that's having on Palestinian politics out of jail. The film culminates in the historic elections to the Palestinian Parliament on January 20, 2006, which brought to power the militant Islamic organization Hamas.

HotHouse tells the stories of Hasan Yusuf, Hamas leader in the West Bank, who was recently elected to Parliament from his prison cell; Abu Naji, Fatah leader in jail, imprisoned for more than 24 years; Ahlam Tamimni, Hamas leader of the female prisoners, sentenced to 16 life terms for planning and executing the attack on the Sbarro restaurant in Jerusalem.

The prison experience has become a Palestinian rite of passage, and the prisons for Security Prisoners are in fact nationalist academies - seen by Palestinians as their Robben Island. The film raises questions about the impact of this incubator-culture on both Israeli and Palestinian society.

Avi Lewis: "In doing the research for this show, I've been struck by how the issue of Palestinian leadership in Israeli jails has been overlooked in the Canadian conversation. After all, the kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers by Hezbollah and one by Hamas in the run-up to the war in Lebanon were intended as part of a long-standing ritual of prisoner exchanges. Prisoners are at the heart of the current conflict. The film, by renowned Israeli director Shimon Dotan, gives us a portrait of the prison leadership that complicates the prevailing discourse. The prisoners are presented as intellectuals and news junkies, studying at the Hebrew University via correspondence and immersed in the details of the conflict through Israeli TV and newspapers. Some are chillingly unrepentant about their participation in suicide bombings. Others are clearly committed to negotiation and compromise. None speaks of torture or mistreatment at the hands of Israeli authorities - in fact, the relationship with the prison warden is presented as positively collegial.

I have no doubt that some will see the film as too soft on the prisoners, and others will say it's too soft on the jailers - this portrait of prison life will surely be critiqued for what it leaves out as much as what it leaves in. But beyond the debate about the film, I think that focusing on Palestinian prisoners will allow us to take on issues that go much deeper than the current crisis.

The film challenges the black and white, "good guys vs. bad guys" paradigm that dominates the discussion about terrorism these days. It asks complicated questions about how Israel is creating the conditions in which Palestinian leaders are emerging. It will provoke a historical discussion of the targeting of civilians by national liberation struggles - from the IRA and the ANC to the early days of the Zionist struggle for Israel itself. And if we can manage it in the fraught atmosphere of today's debate, it might shed some light on how to shift from the extreme positions of wartime to the constructive compromises of negotiation."

SPECIAL GUESTS:
Moshe Ronen, Canada-Israel Committee

Adam Hanieh, Sumoud Palestinian Political Prisoner Solidarity Group

Arik Bernstein, Producer, HotHouse

MJ Rosenberg, Israel Policy Forum

Jonathan Halevi, former advisor to Israel on Foreign Affairs

Norman Finkelstein, Author, Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History

Ahmed Hanoud Sholi, former political prisoner
Rafeef Ziadeh, Sumoud Palestinian Political Prisoner Solidarity Group"

http://www.cbc.ca/bigpicture/house.html

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  • Bullsh1t.
    Israel could send money and food to Palestine and they'd still be a bunch of Terrorist pr1cks.
    Oh wait a minute, Israel does send food and money to Palestine.
    The Savages return the kindness with suicide bombers and rockets launched directly at civilian areas.
    Fuk Palestine and fuk Islam.

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  • (sigh)
    Once again, I will attempt to explain this conflict in a way so simple that even mentally challenged fools, liars, and libtards can grasp:

    1. Stop doing mean nasty things to Israel.
    2. Israel stops doing mean nasty things to (insert savage lunatic here).

    See how easy it is!?!?!

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  • If I were Netanyahu, or peres, I would give the palestinians and Hamas 12 hours to return the kidnapped soldiers. If they were not returned, I would execute everyone in prison, man, woman, and child. Sure the palestinains would whine and cry, but they dont seem to care when they are firing rockets into civilian areas. It is said that muslims want to become martyrs, so here is their chance, accept the gift of martyrdom from Isreal, or hand over the prisoners. Quite simple, isnt it? Ayatollah khom More..

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  • RabidMarsupial: "(sigh)
    Once again, I will attempt to explain this conflict in a way so simple that even mentally challenged fools, liars, and libtards can grasp:

    1. Stop doing mean nasty things to Israel.
    2. Israel stops doing mean nasty things to (insert savage lunatic here).

    See how easy it is!?!?!

    "
    i know!!!

    i figured even the dumbest person can realize that, sadly.. i was wrong.

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  • AdamRave: "
    RabidMarsupial: "(sigh)
    Once again, I will attempt to explain this conflict in a way so simple that even mentally challenged fools, liars, and libtards can grasp:

    1. Stop doing mean nasty things to Israel.
    2. Israel stops doing mean nasty things to (insert savage lunatic here).

    See how easy it is!?!?!

    "
    i know!!!

    i figured even the dumbest person can realize that, sadly.. i was wrong."
    History goes long way,Secular Jews needs to go.

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  • UniversalMedia: "
    AdamRave: "
    RabidMarsupial: "(sigh)
    Once again, I will attempt to explain this conflict in a way so simple that even mentally challenged fools, liars, and libtards can grasp:

    1. Stop doing mean nasty things to Israel.
    2. Israel stops doing mean nasty things to (insert savage lunatic here).

    See how easy it is!?!?!

    "
    i know!!!

    i figured even the dumbest person can realize that, sadly.. i was wrong."
    History goes long way,Secular Jews needs to go."
    p More..

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  • u all saw the islamic beasts that lives in our zoo.
    i hope all of u out there in the world will never have to see these freaks of nature in your country.
    oh but u do
    and some of u r helping them...
    soon u'll have your own...

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  • zoo

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  • ^^^the whole thing is the zionist commentaters here forgot about the occupation

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  • RabidMarsupial: "(sigh)
    Once again, I will attempt to explain this conflict in a way so simple that even mentally challenged fools, liars, and libtards can grasp:

    1. Stop doing mean nasty things to Israel.
    2. Israel stops doing mean nasty things to (insert savage lunatic here).

    See how easy it is!?!?!

    "
    yes...oh wait.

    Because hezbollah started doing nasty things to israel after israel invaded lebanon. Oh, and the palestinans started doing nasty things after the god sent jews cam More..

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