HIGH HOPES| 14mins
Director: Guy Davidi | Producer: Angela Godfrey-Goldstein
Focus Years: 2014 | Country: Palestine
In 1997-1998, many Bedouin Palestinian refugees living under Israeli Occupation were forcibly displaced by Israel to a garbage dump. During that entire period, the Oslo Peace Process was ongoing, with 'high hopes' for peace; similarly, recent peace talks took place while a plan exists to forcibly displace many Bedouin from Jerusalem and Ramallah governorates to a site accommodating up to 12,500 Bedouin. 30,000 Bedouin and other Palestinian herders in Area C are vulnerable to settlement expansion (moreover, up to 70,000 other Bedouin inside Israel in the Negev Desert are to be displaced by the Prawer Plan). This calls into question Israel's commitment to peace, its willingness to allow a viable Palestinian state to come into existence or its attitudes towards Palestinians generally. HIGH HOPES (with "High Hopes" as its soundtrack, donated by Pink Floyd), is made from AP/BBC archive material of the 1997-1998 displacements and the parallel expansion of Ma'ale Adumim settlement. Witnesses to that displacement were the late Faisal Husseini and the late Edward Said. The situation has grown worse during the current period, when talks again took place, and Israel both expanded settlements and formulated plans for the mass displacement of some 30,000 Bedouin Palestinian herders.