Screening Room: Drugs, Policing and Security in the West Bank
Ross Kemp, Actor and Documentary Filmmaker
Tom Sheahan, Producer, Freshwater Films
Aimee Shalan, Chief Executive, Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP)
Professor Yossi Mekelberg, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House; Programme Director, International Relations and Social Sciences, Regent's University
Chair: Elham Saudi, Associate Fellow, International Law Programme, Chatham House
In his latest documentary, Ross Kemp explores the growing epidemic of drug addiction wreaking terrible effects on Palestinian society in the West Bank. Despite the efforts of officials to control the flow of drugs into the region, the epidemic - fuelled by poverty, unemployment and a lack of effective policing in part caused by the complicated security arrangements across the three administrative areas of the West Bank - has now spread throughout the region.
The film offers an inside view of the effects of this crisis on addicts, their families and the functioning of wider society, as well as the efforts by authorities and some tribal vigilante groups to combat drug-dealing in their communities.
In a discussion afterwards, our panel will discuss the making of the film and the issues it raises, placing them in the wider context of security cooperation between Israeli and Palestinian police and security agencies.
This event will be followed by a reception open to all attendees.