Mission: Hebron

HaMesima: Hebron

  • Rona Segal
  • Israel
  • 2020
  • 22 min
  • World Premiere
  • Frontlight

Six young Israeli men who served in the army from the age of 18 give an account of their mission in Hebron, a Palestinian city in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. The young soldiers were tasked with protecting a compact community of Jewish settlers from the city’s predominantly Palestinian population. Barely adults, these young men were given complete control of public life in the area.

In a studio setting, based on the duties defined in their military handbook, the six ex-soldiers describe their mission, both official and unofficial. Official: protecting the Jewish community in Hebron. Unofficial: making the lives of Palestinian civilians impossible, using a range of sophisticated strategies.

Footage documenting numerous appalling situations corroborates their compelling stories, from soldiers taking pot shots with rubber bullets and conducting humiliating searches of passersby to arresting ten-year-olds and turning entire households upside down. What effect did these military duties have on their moral compass? Looking back and growing older, how do they feel about this mission now?


  • 22 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: Hebrew
  • Subtitles in: English
Rona Segal
Idit Kliger for Kliger Films
Itay Marom
Ayelet Ofarim
Tal Yardeni

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