The Ultra Zionists

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The Ultra Zionists
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Genre Documentary
Distributed by BBC
Directed by Andy Wells
Produced by Andy Wells
Written by Louis Theroux
Starring Louis Theroux
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Release date 3 February 2011 (2011-02-03)
Running time 60 minutes
Preceded by Law and Disorder in Lagos
Followed by America's Most Hated Family in Crisis

The Ultra Zionists is a British documentary that was televised on 3 February 2011. Louis Theroux goes to East Jerusalem, Hebron and Nablus. The documentary follows Theroux as he investigates ultra-nationalist Jewish settlers. He follows and visits several Jewish settlers and also is shown around the Muslim quarter of Jerusalem by Daniel Luria of the Ateret Cohanim Zionist Movement. Theroux says:

I was making a documentary about these ultra-nationalist Jewish settlers, called The Ultra-Zionists. For several weeks I'd been spending time in some of the most hardcore and uncompromising sections of the Israeli nationalist community - the Jewish enclave in Hebron, in the hilltops in the north of the West Bank, and in the crowded Arab neighbourhoods of East Jerusalem - choosing to come at a time when peace talks were ongoing and the extreme settlers were therefore more embattled...

...It might be easy to write off these "ultra-Zionists" as people on the fringe of a fringe in terms of their outlook and beliefs. And it is true that many, if not most, Israelis say they would be happy to pull out of most of the occupied territories if they were confident it would lead to peace.

But what makes the extreme settlers more troubling is that they also enjoy a degree of support from the Israeli state. Surprising as it may seem, many illegal outposts like Yair's are protected by the Israeli army. And in East Jerusalem and Hebron the Jewish presence is fully legal under Israeli law and underwritten and guaranteed by a vast security force.[1]

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  1. ^ "Louis Theroux: My time among the 'ultra-Zionists'". BBC News. 3 February 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-04. 

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