The Messiah Will Always Come
Documenting the Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria
“The Messiah will always come” – says Hagit, quoting her late grandfather, the famous Prof. Yeshayahu Leibovitz, as she looks out upon the growing number of caravans in the settlements, the paving of illegal roads, and the confiscation of land owned by local Palestinians. She explains that the Messiah is something to which we must aspire, that even if there will never be complete justice, we must always strive for it. Hagit Ofran has been in charge of tracking settlements for 'Peace Now' (the Israeli Peace movement) for the past three years. As part of her responsibilities, she drives around Judea and Samaria in her jeep, all alone, monitoring settlement development. She closely records the development and expansion of the settlements and outposts, photographing each and every detail. Hagit is convinced that the settlements perpetuate the occupation and the injustice she sees, injustice caused by the Religious-Zionist camp, which she herself hails from. Hagit’s unending journey around the settlements brings her face-to-face, time and again, with the settlers and their religious-ideological acts. The mission raises the reasons that led to her decision to stop being religiously observant, and exposes the pain she feels regarding the contemporary religious community. But this journey also brings her into contact with her deep connection to Judaism and to her love for the land of Israel, the land she crosses in her travels.
A film by Lea Klibanoff-Ron
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