Doc plants ‘Wall’ flowers

Pic to be screened in Arab town of Abu Dis

JERUSALEM — Palestinian helmer Elie Suleiman is organizing a screening Thursday of Franco-Israeli helmer Simone Bitton’s documentary “Wall,” which concerns the controversial barrier that separates Israel from Palestinian territories.

Doc, which preemed in Directors Fortnight in Cannes, examines the implications of the wall from both sides of the conflict.

“We’ll screen it on a section of the wall in Abu Dis,” explained “Divine Intervention” director Suleiman by phone from Ramallah. “Simone is a good friend of mine.”

The Arab town of Abu Dis, which lies on the edge of Jerusalem and has been cut in half by the wall, has featured in media coverage of the construction of the barrier.

Israel says it has built the wall to stop Palestinian terrorist attacks. Palestinians say it is an attempt to annex land Israel seized in the 1967 war.

An Arab Jew, Bitton was born in Morocco and raised in Israel; he has lived on both sides of Jerusalem. Her film will also screen in the Jerusalem Film Festival on Thursday.

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