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The Courageous Men Who Smuggle Palestinians into Israel

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Earlier this year, over the course of ten days in May, a flare-up of violence occurred in the ongoing occupation of Palestine by Israel, following the eviction of six Palestinian families from Sheikh Jarrah. Though hostilities have been continuous in the area for years, the crisis in May 2021 seemed to mark a turning point in public opinion, with many people describing the situation as outright ethnic cleansing by Israel, echoing past criticism from the United Nations, rather than simply a conflict between two sides bearing equal responsibility for atrocities.

A title card at the end of The Devil’s Drivers, a new documentary by Daniel Carsenty and Mohammed Abugeth, flags up the violence of May 2021 as yet one more episode in the situation it has observed over a period of eight years—that is, the continued annexation of Palestinian territories by Israel, made possible by a wall bisecting the land. The title card fits in with the repeated observation in the film, over eight brutal years, that “nothing has changed” in the territory. That contention is very hard to........

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