An Israeli documentary called The Law in These Parts explores the legal framework behind the military occupations of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Featuring testimonials from the system’s creators, the film raises serious questions about the ethics of military occupation. Nation managing editor Roane Carey joined a panel of experts on PBS THIRTEEN to unpack and debate the film, as well as the politics behind the Middle East conflict. Carey said the testimonials in The Law in These Parts reveal “a very thin veneer of legality covering what is in effect a very brutal system of control.” Other panelists included Fordham law professor Thane Rosenbaum, human rights attorney Noura Erakat, and J Street U director Daniel May.

Sixty years ago this week, the CIA successfully staged a coup to overthrow Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh.