The Settles



HANAMEL DORFMAN: 22-year old Hanamel Dorfman, is one of the leaders of the Hilltop Youth. He represents the next generation of settlers, setting up illegal outposts on “barren” hilltops across the West Bank. Hanamel belongs to a new trend of extremists, which are in conflict with the secular State of Israel and aspire to reestablish a Jewish kingdom, based on biblical law.


YEHUDA ETZION: A founder of Gush Emunim, Etzion is now one of the movement’s leading ideologues. A munitions expert by training, he was a key figure in the Jewish Underground, who planned to blow up the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount. Since his release from prison, he has been active in the movement to allow Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount.  


MOTTI KARPEL: A former career soldier who found religion, Karpel is an ideologue of the settler movement, who believes that Zionism has run its course and must be replaced by a new movement centered around the settlements. Karpel was editor of the settler magazine, Nekuda. He was a founder of the settlement of Bat Ayin, which consists of mainly Jews who found religion later in life.  


BENNY KATZOVER: A founder of the Gush Emunim movement. Katzover was one of the original participants in the Passover seder at the Park Hotel in Hebron, which led to the founding of Kiryat Arba. After the Yom Kippur War, he and his friend MENACHEM FELIX (also featured in the film) founded a group that attempted to settle in Samaria. A public figure who served for 12 years as head of the Samaria Regional Council, he openly advocates for the elimination of democracy in Israel.  


SARAH NACHSHON: Nachshon played a seminal role in establishing the Jewish settlement in Hebron proper. Her son, Avraham Yedidiah, was the first child to be circumcised in the Cave of the Patriarch. When the child died of SIDS five months later, she insisted that he be buried in the old Jewish cemetery in the city. When her request was denied, she carried the corpse there on foot, while Israeli troops looked on aghast. Finally, Defense Minister Shimon Peres gave the order allowing her to bury her child there.


DANIELLA WEISS: One of the first Jewish settlers in Samaria, Weiss assumed a leadership role in the formal settler movement, even serving as mayor of the West Bank town of Kedumim. She later broke with the movement over its willingness to compromise with the government over settlement activity and helped found Nahala, which supports a more active settlement approach, including the seizure of land for outposts. She is known as the “Grandmother of the Hilltop Youth”.