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IAM Friday Special: [Open University, Social Sciences] New 60 mins film: "Udi Adiv, A broken Israeli myth" What led a Kibbutz member to spy for Syria?

Ehud Adiv, Ph.D., Department of Sociology and Political Science, Open University. Email: eadiv1@bezeqint.net






Udi Adiv, A broken Israeli myth
Director: Yitzhak Rubin Format: DVD
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Directors: Yitzhak Rubin
Producers: Yitzhak Rubin
Format: NTSC
Region: All Regions
Studio: Teknews Media Ltd
DVD Release Date: January 20, 2010
Run Time: 60 minutes
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The film describes the chain of events and the motives that led Gan Shmuel Kibbutz member Udi Adiv to commit those actions - from his ideological education derived from the Shomer Hatzair Movement to his deep disappointment with the State of Israel's standpoint and his shift in relation to the Arabs after the shining victory of the Six-Day War, which contradicted the education he had received. The Six-Day War was also a traumatic event for him when, as a medical orderly, he was exposed to human tragedies. Daud Turki grew up in Haifa in an Arab family whose suffering in the wake of the wars formed the basis of his political viewpoints.


This film tells the unbelievable story of Udi Aviv who spied on Israel on behalf of the Syrians. What makes a kibutz member decide to change his life and give away precious information about the country that raisd him. A shocking documen'tary about a man and his beliefs.


The sensational espionage story of Udi Adiv – first grandson of the Gan Shmuel Kibbutz and paratrooper from among the Western Wall liberators during the Six-Day War, who was accused of spying for Syria – was one of the most exciting events in Israel during the early 70s.
During the 1950s, a friend of the Adiv family, Uri Ilan, emerged from the same kibbutz (Gan Shmuel).  He was one of the heroic figures of the Israeli myth surrounding the issue of spying in Syria.  He was caught and tortured and when his body was returned to Israel, a note bearing the mythological sentence “I was not a traitor” was found between his toes.
Udi Adiv and the other members of the Jewish-Arab network headed by Daud Turki (Udi Adiv’s instigator) and an Israeli Arab resident of Haifa’s Wadi Nisnas were accused of secretly traveling to Damascus to plan a Marxist revolution in Israel under the auspices of Syria.
The network members’ trial was the most widely discussed event in the State of Israel in those days.  For the first time, an Israeli court of law allowed television cameras into the courthouse.  Some claim that from this moment on, the image of the kibbutzim began to deteriorate in the eyes of the Israeli public.  Udi Adiv and Daud Turki were sentenced to 17 years of imprisonment.  Daud Turki was released 12.5 years later during the famous Jibril deal and Udi Adiv was released by the prison service release committee further to a public campaign to reduce his sentence.



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