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The ‘Jerusalem District’ Reality Show and Other ‘Illustrations’

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20.08.2019

About two weeks ago, Haaretz reporter Nir Hasson exposed the story of the police who planted a weapon in the home of Samer Sleiman in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Isawiyah during the filming of the television reality series “Jerusalem District.” Since then two other incidents have been discovered of police officers planting weapons and drugs in the homes of Palestinians in East Jerusalem. One of the Palestinians recounted that following the filming, he was been beaten by unknown individuals.

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Koda Communications, which produced “Jerusalem District,” explained that the planting of weaponry was done as “illustration,” to simulate the work of the police. For purposes of illustration, armed police entered the homes of Palestinians who were made to appear like drug dealers or collaborators. Granted that Ram Landes, who owns Koda, apologized to his viewers and to “anyone who was harmed.”

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“Anyone” may have included Sleiman and other victims of these attempts at illustration. Either way, they won’t read the apology. It was written in Hebrew.

But uncovering the lie of the television series also laid bare a grain of the truth, as well as the depths of the disconnect of the Israeli public from everything happening in the territories. What happened in Isawiyeh is not exceptional. It’s........

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