Tuesday, July 28, 2020

"Advocate": Israeli lawyer Lea Tsemsel defends Palestinians prosecuted probably for political reasons

Jericho from above

On Monday, July 27, 2020, PBS POV presented a slightly (85 minutes from 108, as originally released by Film Movement, from Home Made Docs) version of the documentary “Advocate”, directed by Rachel Lee Jones and Phillippe Bellaiche. The film is a biography of attorney Lea Tsemsel (1945-  ), who defends Palestinians accused of various crimes with often insufficient evidence, essentially political prisoners in the occupied territories.

The film goes back to the 1967 war, when she volunteered to soldier as part of the operation.  It tracks her work particularly in the volatile 70s and 80s.

Then it focuses on at least two cases, a non-fatal stabbing from a minor, and then a supposed failed attempted suicide bombing.

Lea explains her defending Palestinians as part of her moral responsibility as an agent of an occupying power. But at the end of the film, we are warned she will be prosecuted. 
The film is in Hebrew and Arabic. 

The PBS Video link is here.  
Picture: Jericho, from Wikipedia embed, click for attribution. 

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