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DOCUMENTARY | 1995 | 61 MN | COLOR | 4:3 | OVST | o.v HEBREW, ARABIC, FRENCH, ENGLISH | ST ENGLISH

 

Aqabat-Jaber is one of the sixty Palestinian refugee camps built in the Middle East by the UN at the beginning of the 1950s.

Filmed in 1987, a few months before the Intifada, this film tells the story of a disinherited generation brought up in the nostalgia of places they never knew and which no longer exist. The story of a temporary solution that became a permanent way of life.

AQABAT-JABER Passing through, by Eyal Sivan

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  • Aqabat-Jaber is one of the sixty Palestinian refugee camps built in the Middle East by the UN at the beginning of the 1950s. It was is the biggest camp in the Middle East situated some 3 kilometers south of Jericho.

    The majority of its 65,000 inhabitants came from those villages in central Palestine that were destroyed in 1948. The 1967 war pushed 95% of that population across the banks of the river Jordan. The traces of war and the effects of erosion by the desert accentuate the contrasts between the abandoned refugees and the huts that they still occupy, and make Aqabat-Jaber look like a ghost town.

    Aqabat Jaber films by Eyal Sivan tell the story of all refugees, deported population, displaced persons, that are at the center of the great conflicts of the 20th Century. It points to a critical question of peace processes in Israel-Palestine. Can peace between Israel and Palestine be possible without the return of the Palestinian refugees to their homeland which has now become Israel? 

    Key words: Palestinian refugees, Palestine, Occupation, Right of return, Nakba, 1948, Refugee camps, Israel-Palestine conflict, Peace process

    Education interests: Colonialism, Film and Media, Geography, History, International Law, Israeli Studies, Middle East Studies, Palestine Studies, Political Science, Visual Anthropology