THE HOSTAGES OF HATRED
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: May 2004
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After having shown the plight of the million
Jews who, from the mid-1940s, had to flee the countries they
and their forefathers had lived in for centuries, those most
discreet refugees whose story had never been told this way,
Pierre Rehov has filmed the other side of a same coin: the
fate of the Palestinians refugees that everyone has heard
Refugees that are shown on the world's
television screens practically day in day out and whose plight
is supposedly so well-known. But refugees whose fate we, in
fact, know so little about.
In his latest film, "The Hostages of
Hatred" Pierre Rehov sets out to tell us the real story
of those men, women and children, who have been shamefully
used as mere pawns for over 50 years, by Arab leaders at first,
by Palestinian leaders later on and until this very day but
also by the United Nations' body that was specially created
to supposedly take care of them: the United Nations Relief
and Works Agency, UNWRA.
To tell the real story of these people Pierre
Rehov has sent teams to film actual refugees in refugee camps
in Jordan, Lebanon, the Gaza Strip and he has shot footage
himself in the West Bank. As in all his films, he exposes
thus nuggets of truth hidden among the well-rehearsed propaganda
speeches. We see the poverty the refugees are deliberately
kept in, we see the pain, we see the nurtured hatred, we see
the false hopes those people are raised on. But we also see
the same hatred combined with a wealth you would not expect.
And, as usual too, Pierre Rehov mixes these
first-hand testimonies with the counterpoint of extremely
well-researched and enlightening documents, in-depth analyses
form historians and politicians like Shlomo Ben Ami, former
Israeli Foreign Minister, or the Congressman Eric Cantor.
And also a Palestinian Oslo negotiator, an advisor to Arab
leaders or a Palestinian Human Rights Activist.
As for the carefully chosen music, it enhances
further the dramatic quality of the film.
( Le Point )
Abstract of "Iraq,
an article by BERNARD LEWIS
Wall Street Journal, May 12, 2004; Page A14
...A case in point: In 1947 the British
Empire in India was partitioned into two states, India and
Pakistan. There was a bitter military struggle, and an estimated
10 million refugees were displaced. Despite continuing friction,
some sort of accommodation was reached between the two states
and the refugees were resettled. No outside power or organization
In the following year, 1948, the British-mandated
territory of Palestine was partitioned -- in terms of area
and numbers, a triviality compared with India. Yet that conflict
continues, and the 750,000 Arab refugees from Israel and their
millions of descendants remain refugees, in camps maintained
and staffed by the U.N. Except for Jordan, no Arab state has
been willing to grant citizenship to the Palestinian refugees
or to their locally born descendants, or even to allow them
the rights of resident aliens. They are now entering their
fifth generation as stateless refugee aliens. The whole operation
is maintained and sustained by a massive apparatus of U.N.
officials, some of whom have spent virtually their whole careers
on this issue. What progress has been made on the Arab-Israel
problem -- the resettlement in Israel of Jewish refugees from
the Arab-held parts of mandatory Palestine and from Arab countries,
the Egyptian and Jordanian peace agreements -- was achieved
outside the framework of the U.N. One shudders to think what
might have been the fate of the Indian subcontinent if the
U.N. had been involved in its partition.
The question of substance is of course of
far greater importance in the long term. The question of perception
is immediate, but could have long-term consequences.
Mr. Lewis, professor emeritus at Princeton,
is the author of "From Babel to Dragomans: Interpreting
the Middle East," just out from Oxford.
this article online
"Rehov continues to make documentaries
about the shocking reality he uncovers in the Middle East
because no one else does"
(Joseph Farah - World
"Provocative films about the
combat between Palestinian militants and Israeli army"
(Greg Myre -
The New York Times)
"The most shocking moments of
Rehov's films involve blatant Palestinian efforts to manipulate
(Hanna Brown - Jerusalem
"The information that Rehov does
provide is based on interviewees who use bona fide images
and documents to substantiate their claim"
(Tamar Stenhal - Camera)
"There is only one filmaker who
has presented the truth in the matter of the Palestinian-Israeli
conflict, and his nom de guerre is Pierre Rehov"
(Phyllis Chesler - Author of "The
"In his documentaries, Pierre
Rehov demonstrates how our version of the middle east conflict
has been corrupted by the Arab use of reporters as propagandists"
(Jack Engelheard - Author of "Indecent
"Seeing Pierre Rehov's documentary
film 'The Silent Exodus' about the expulsion and flight of
a million Sephardi Jews helped me gain a better understanding
of the tragedy of a community that was integral and fundamental
to Arab society."
(Magdi Allam - Il
Corriere Della Serra)