Inside the Middle East
January 3, 2011
Posted: 1408 GMT
Scene from film Secular Quarter #3. (courtesy Jerusalem 2111/David Gidali)
Scene from film Secular Quarter #3. (courtesy Jerusalem 2111/David Gidali)

Palestinian soldiers and United Nation's tanks look on as utlra-orthodox Jews protest in the streets....Smoke billows from the windows of the Knesset as protestors participate in a rebellion to overthrow the government....The walls of the Old City are painted red and adorned with the logo of the country's largest cable television company....

These are just a few of the controversial visions of what Jerusalem may look like a century from now as expressed by filmmakers in the recent International Animation Competition.

Organized by an Israeli city planning organization the competition asked directors to submit one to three-minute films that portrayed an "urban sci-fi vision of the city of Jerusalem" a hundred years from now. Contest organizer Daniel Wiernik, said they received almost a hundred submissions from 10 different countries, though the majority of the films came from Israel.

All of the contestants were required to post their work on-line where after an initial round of public voting the most popular films were screened by a panel of judges including famed Avatar and Titanic producer Jon Landau and German film director or Wim Wenders.

Ranging from the utopian to the dystopian the films offer an interesting variety of visions and commentary on the future of one of the world's holiest and most divided cities. While many of the films offer grim and sobering predictions for the city Wiernik said he was surprised at how many were optimistic considering the genre requirement.

The winning short, Secular Quarter #3, was created by Israeli filmmakers David Gidali and Itay Gross and depicts a ghettoised Jerusalem where the city's population is separated by huge iron walls inter-connected by large domes covering swaths of the city. As night approaches aircraft hover over the city lifting the walls and allowing the a face to face encounter between a black-hatted ultra-orthodox Jewish male and a young and a tattooed secular female.

The duo, who are film students in Los Angeles, took home a ten-thousand dollar prize for their efforts.

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Palestinian Princess   January 3rd, 2011 2:48 pm ET

Jerusalem Is Ours.
it takes a thousand soul to kill one takes a million god to take Jerusalem from us , Even when we give Jerusalem away, it will still be ours ,Jerusalem, we are coming It's just a matter of time .

Summer   January 3rd, 2011 11:39 pm ET

Allah Will Be on Our Side!

David   January 4th, 2011 8:06 am ET

Actions speak louder than words. That is why Islam will implode; wallowing in it's own hatred, and inviting the hatred of all humanity.
Islam may call itself the "Religion of Peace",
but peace is not the religion of Islam.

You 2 are fools   January 4th, 2011 8:28 am ET

You 2 just sold me on why so many Isreali's don't want peace.

Zak   January 4th, 2011 9:07 am ET

You can take Allah... Your Allah is not welcome in Jerusalem :)

Anyway... i didn't like the clip... the whole secular vs ultra-orthodox issue is too peachy.

I'd go for a version where ludites (ultra orthodox & Aimish) make their last stand in Jerusalem :)

Expatwanderer   January 4th, 2011 9:15 am ET

What fantastic dribble, "Princess" ! Jerusalem has NEVER been "Yours"! Unless you can prove 8,000+ years of history as the Hebrews/Jews can. You should think before you talk, and read real history, not just the parts that you agree with.
Another point to ponder; the greater majority of the Koran is based on the Torah and the Bible, and references back to the history carried in those Holy books. Maybe it's time for you an your kind to come out of the 12th century of blindness and get real. It's easy to be ignorant!

Acaye David   January 4th, 2011 9:29 am ET

Both sides should learn how tolive like neighbours .

Nash Dasaud   January 4th, 2011 10:18 am ET

I wonder why all the haterate and why are people so willing to die for their religion. I dont think thats what God and I mean only god wants....yet through the influences of man....the haterate began. Islam, christianity and jewism teach good stuff....they are pretty , much the same....what ever it is I pray for peace for you guys. God Bless.

Alan   January 4th, 2011 10:22 am ET

This is Islam's continued method of usurping Jewish heritage.
USURPING = (1.Steal. 2-claim they are the originators. 3-Deny your connection to it)
Islam first usurped:
* Biblical teachings
* Biblical events
* Biblical characters
*Jewish customs, civil laws and dietary laws
*Jewish names, David, Moses, Miriam, Joseph, Zachary, Abraham
* They forced converted to Islam whole Jewish communities in North Africa and the middle East (1000s of them still bearing today Jewish family names, Cohen, Lowe,BenHamo etc..
* Ancient Jewish sites in Israel
* Biblical cities, Jericho, Hebron, Jerusalem, Acre, Yafo (All originating in the Bible – Never ever mentioned in the Koran)
* Prophet Samuel's tomb just outside Jerusalem has a mosq built on it and renamed in Arabic "Naby Samoel"
* Of course Jerusalem and King Solomon's Temple site – renamed "Al Quds" – Itself usurped from the Hebrew word Kodesh (holy)

Simply, because one usurps what others have when they are dissatisfied with the authenticity of their own.

3500 BCE: JUDAISM born
7th Century CE – Islam

pin   January 4th, 2011 10:34 am ET

Let's build a temple and then it will be easier to see who is who :)

A Bloom   January 4th, 2011 10:40 am ET

Actually humankind has only been around for 5771 years.
G-d entrusted Israel to the Jews..... He didn't GIVE it , but put it in the care of Jews to live in and serve Him.
G-d gave a very large area to Ishmael for his people but it seems that the Ishmalites are very greedy.
Not content with such a large area, they have tried to remove Jews from land that is ONLY the size of New Jersey.

Sean Green   January 4th, 2011 10:44 am ET

The term Palestinian is limiting. There were several people aside from Jews who ruled Levant.

Philistines ruled 6 city states from Gaza to Tel Asafi as well as part of egypt and phoenicia. Hittites ruled hebron which was purchased by Abraham, Druze still live in peace in Jerusalem many are ishmaelites and of course Jews and Samaritans who moved in during the dawn of the iron age killing the Jebusites and canaanites who no longer exist.

Most of the people now are arab immigrants from the Ottoman dispensation.

Md. Moinuddin   January 4th, 2011 11:00 am ET

If Jerusalem belongs to Palestine no matter what the world says it will be palestine`s....the truth will shine. It is interesting people debating here hardly consider the history...

king james   January 4th, 2011 11:22 am ET

How can the Israelis trust the Pals that they wont shoot rockets on the west wall & jewish hoods after they will get east jerusalem, If they did it in Gaza ?
10 minutes after Israel will sign the peace deal with the Pals, Hamas will take over the West Bank, and than he will shoot rockets on the center of Israel, and we will have a similar situation like Gaza...

not-an-import   January 4th, 2011 11:47 am ET

There is no such country as Palestine.
Anyone in Israel is an Israeli.

Israel will never submit to a violent cult.

David Gidali   January 4th, 2011 11:58 am ET

Why don't all you people comment on the shorts and the initiative of a contest that encourages speculative artistry for the future of this city, instead of sharing your biased and uninformed "truisms"?

jgb11   January 4th, 2011 12:16 pm ET

to Sean green, u forgot to put that the Phoenicians also controlled parts from upper Palestine all the way to where there is the Turkish-Syrian border.

Ahmed   January 4th, 2011 12:47 pm ET

How do those who are claiming the land of Israel for the jews know that the muslims who they are after are not the converted jews who stayed back and didnt run away like them!

omar   January 4th, 2011 1:17 pm ET

this is a holy site for the three religions and i am a muslim so respect all and love for all.

omar   January 4th, 2011 1:20 pm ET

just remember 1948 where palestine was occupied from terrorist from europe before that we had peace with jews and christans in if you say israel just see how many countries dont reconize it shutup and make peace with all

omar   January 4th, 2011 1:23 pm ET

by the way david the jews were the 1 st to use terrorist acts

Palestinian Princess   January 4th, 2011 2:25 pm ET

Forget the Past & Focus on the Future, the future is ours.
hey pin, bulid habibi the temple and yea then it will be easier to see who is who .

miriam   January 4th, 2011 2:33 pm ET

king james,

Since Muslim "worshippers" already throw rocks down onto Jews at the Western Wall and Jordanian snipers shot into Jewish neighbourhoods of Jerusalem before 1967, not to mention the seige imposed on Jewish Jerusalem by the Arabs with the support of the international community in 1948 resulting in the death of many, it is pretty obvious why Israel has genuine security concerns with regards to the future of Jerusalem.

The ignorance revealed in the comments here, not only concerning Jewish history but also Islamic history in which Jerusalem's importance was based on its established centrality in Judaism, is evidence of the brain-washing propaganda that has deceived and continues to fool so many.

Del   January 4th, 2011 4:23 pm ET

Modern day Israel is a byproduct of the aftermath of WW2. Tens of thousands of people were forced out of their homes to forge this new nation and look what is has brought upon humanity. Religious mumbo jumbo put aside, that city is a plague against mankind. All it does it breed hatred and justify the killing of so many innocents. Neither side should have control over that city, there is too much important history there that is being destroyed by their insignificant quarrels.

harley   January 4th, 2011 9:47 pm ET

the end is near.

James   January 4th, 2011 9:58 pm ET

King James, Israel also shoots rockets at Gaza, the West Bank, Lebanon, Syria and so on. Why should the Palestinians trust Israel.

10 minutes after the Palestinians sign the peace deal with Israel, the radical settlers will start attack the west bank, and we will have a similar situation to....every day for the last 40 years!

Rony   January 5th, 2011 2:21 am ET

Peace be with you all Stop the fight go to church! the world is getting old love one another i am a tourist in Jersulem

proud zionist   January 5th, 2011 11:00 am ET

you are delirious, Israel shoots rockets at the West Bank, Lebanon, Syria and so on.

Really? did you take your medicine today?

proud zionist   January 5th, 2011 11:02 am ET

"just remember 1948 where palestine was occupied from terrorist from europe before that we had peace with jews and christans "

So the anti-Jewish riots of Arabs against Jews before 1948 never happened? So the Jews never lived there before 1948?

You are such a transparent liar, it is hilarious!

Joshua   January 6th, 2011 9:16 am ET

Jerusalem in 100 years: All cars in Israel will be electric. Oil will be obsolete. The Arabs have lost their political power throughout the world. The Dome of the Rock has been removed and the 3rd Holy Temple of the Jewish people has been rebuilt. Secular Jews and religious Jews living in Jerusalem have achieved meaningful compromises that allow all to live together in peace and respect. Reform and Conservative Jewish women have places at the Kotel where they can daven, while the Orthodox control the Holy Temple on the Temple Mount. Christians continue to have full access to and control of all holy Christian places as they have since 1967 under Israeli control. Arabs can live anywhere in Jerusalem they wish, just as they did in 2011, and they have a network of mosques and educational centers through Jerusalem, that are respected by all. But they use Mecca as the religious center of their religion, having learned to accept the Jews and Israel as their neighbor in peace and security. Amen. Inshallah. May it be so.

Historical Accuracy   January 6th, 2011 9:38 am ET

Del: Your information is incorrect. 600,000 Arab were made refugees in 1948 not by the formation of Israel, but by the rejection of the Arab countries and Palestinian Arabs to accept the new state of Israel. For 80 years Jews invited the local Arabs to join them in the formation of the new Israel state. The invitations were met with riots against Jews in the 1920s and 30s, Arab rejection of the UN partition and militant attacks on Jews in 1947, and war on the new state by 6 Arab countries in 1948. Most Arabs left because they were told that the Jews would be slaughtered; some were told by Egypt to get out of the way; some were forced out by Israeli defense forces because they were aligned with the Grand Mufti's militias and were part of the Arab attack on the Jewish areas.

Historical Accuracy   January 6th, 2011 9:43 am ET

And Israel is not a byproduct of WW2. The political formation of the modern state began in the 1880s. However, there has been a continuous Jewish presence in Israel for 3700 years; cities such as Hebron and Jerusalem have always had a majority of Jews until the riots against the Jews in Hebron in 1929 and the Jordanian ethnic cleansing of Jews in the Old City of Jerusalem in 1948. Modern Israel is the evolution of the Jewish people and their national sovereignty on the land that for 1000 years was the site of a Jewish state. Simply put, we're back and many never left. So get used to it. If you want to protest religious oppression, protest Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Sudan, Rwanda, Yemen, and Iran.

Goanri   January 18th, 2011 8:59 am ET

How many time does the word "Jerusalem" appear in the Koran? Zero! The name of the the Holy city of Jerusalem does not appear in the Koran. Chek it out.

Hunk   January 18th, 2011 5:40 pm ET

Did the Jews really lived in the holy land ? did they fear to enter the holy land ? yes did they enter ? No did they disappoint prophet Moses after they were freed from slavery by fearing to enter the holy land ? didn't they go wondering in the dessert for thousands of years ? yes.
They Jews are nothing more than a conquers and their presence in holy land is temporarily like all other conquerers they can never be equalized with the natives.
Did you see a one humanitarian gesture of the Jews toward the native Arabs ? which g-d is this?

proud zionist   January 19th, 2011 10:06 pm ET

hunk, if you don't know what the heck you are talking about, you should simply shut up

miriam   January 20th, 2011 2:18 pm ET


Christianity, Judaism and Islam acknowledge that the Bible records the history of a nation who, like all other people, had to overcome challenges, fight territorial battles and establish a system of beliefs and laws.

The 40 years of wandering in the desert by a people who had escaped slavery before returning to their homeland where they conquered the land from other tribes who had similarly conquered it from others is recorded in detail and is increasingly supported by archeological evidence.

Anyone claiming "native" status in the Holy Land is being dishonest, especially those who simultaneously deny Jewish (and Islamic) history and the right of the Jews to self-determination and a homeland in the territory.

After all, the Koran mentions the Holy Land as a heritage to the Jews and although not mentioned in the Koran, Jerusalem is refered to in Islam as the Sacred Place because of its being the location of the Jewish Temples.

There are many Arabs, even those who falsely claim "native" status, who can provide a long list of humanitarian gestures presented to them by Jews.

You just need to ask for an honest answer.

At the same time you would do well to apologize to the many "Jews" of all shades of the religious and political spectrum who spend day-in and day-out working for the humanitarian needs of the Arab people whether in Israel, the Palestinian territories, Arab states or other parts of the world.

Yusil   January 22nd, 2011 7:30 pm ET


The Bible is just another piece of fantasy. If you believe in this drivel as historical fact, you need to see a professional.

miriam   January 24th, 2011 9:30 am ET


Fantasy isn't backed up with increasing archeological proof.

Your comments will have insulted millons of Muslims, Christians and Jews around the world, except for the "believers" who have re-written their own religions (and those of others) for political purposes.

History did not begin 63 years ago.

Yusil   January 24th, 2011 5:20 pm ET


These religious fanatics insult the citizens of the world everyday with their daily brutalities and murder. Save the sermon for these people.
For your information world humanity is millions of years old as archaeological facts have proven. It’s certainly not 63 years (?) nor is the World 5772 years old as your religion claims. Check the archaeology and real history!

miriam   January 25th, 2011 10:20 am ET


In Judaism, this calender year is in fact 5771.

Don't get too far ahead of yourself.

Although some Jews do take the number literally as the count since creation, it is more often refered to as counting from when humans first developed the ability to understand and use time. It is clear that the first two chapters of Genesis were not intended to be taken literally and each "day" was rather thousands of years.

Whether early counting was reliable is debatable but what is unquestionable is the archeological evidence for biblical accounts dating back over 4000 years.

Yusil   January 26th, 2011 7:07 pm ET

As usual you Zionists are very selective in what you want to take literally from the Bible. It all depends what suits you at the moment. There are many subjects in the Bible that are debatable, not just counting. One thing is clear and factual that Jews, Moslems and Christians have used this book of fantasy to murder millions over the centuries todate without taking into consideration, whether or not to take the Bible literal.

miriam   January 27th, 2011 6:58 pm ET


A sophisticated analysis resolving apparent contradictions in the Bible has existed within Jewish tradition since ancient times. Many Biblical miracles are explained as natural events or metaphorical allusions. Maimonides explained how there is no contradiction between rationalism and the Bible.

Evidence clearly suggests that Biblical events are more likely to have happened than not.

Believing that the Bible is some kind of handbook for murder and war is derived from an untrue and unjust reading of the Bible.
In Judaism, the Bible and the Oral Law laid down the moral law, placing constraints on personal behaviour in the intersts of others, forming the foundations of Western morality.

Attacking Judaism and Christianity is an attack on Western society, beginning with an attack on "Zionists" as a code name for Jews and then moving on to Christians weakened by their division on the "Israel question".
Islam takes its laws from the Koran which is far more explicit in its actions in the name of religion than the Bible.

Yusil   January 31st, 2011 6:39 pm ET


Since you deny historical facts by confusing fantasy with history, it is clear that there can be no rational dialogue with your ilk. It seems to me that this is exactly the problem that created the tragedy in the ME.

miriam   February 1st, 2011 5:27 pm ET


The "tragedy" of the ME is caused by those who believe that Jewish history is fantasy and who then refuse to engage in dialogue with Israel because they cannot cope with the truth and how to admit to their populations, to whom they have lied for so long, that what they've been told is a pack of lies.

It appears you've taken another page straight out of their guide-book.

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