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Aid But No State – The EU’s Role in the Middle East Conflict

Documentary, Palest. Territories/D/ES 2014/15, 58 Min. | Script & Directing: Sabrina Dittus | Completed
Camera: Vita Spiess | Editor: Christopher Kaps | Score: Springintgut | Production: Pepperlint & TAG/TRAUM with ZDF/arte, in cooperation with Al Jazeera Documentary Channel, IKON, NRK | Programming editors arte: Martin Pieper, Türkan Schirmer


Since the Oslo Accords of 1993 and 1995 over $ 25 billion in donor aid went to Palestine. This is, per capita, one of the highest levels of aid in the world. Officially the funds are aimed towards the building of institutions of a future democratic, independent and viable Palestinian State, existing side by side and in peace with Israel. This mantra has been stated in thousands of documents and brochures since 1993. Traditionally, the EU is the biggest donor to the Palestinian territories.

But after 20 years the results are disastrous. The prospect of a Palestinian State is further away then ever, the situation in the Palestinian territories is in many respects worse than before Oslo: The economic situation is difficult, a quarter of the population lives in poverty, unemployment rate in the Westbank is at nearly 17%, in Gaza even at 43%, the highest in the world. Only 18% of the Westbank are under Palestinian control. And the amount of water that Palestinians can drill from their own water ressources today is less than 20 years ago. Despite billions of dollars in donor aid that went into the water sector.

Our film investigates development and aid projects in the occupied Palestinian territories and takes a close look at the role of the EU in the Middle East. Payer, no player? That’s an often heard saying in Palestine when it comes to the EU, even within diplomatic circles.

“Put an end to European hypocrisy”, demands Miguel Moratinos in our film, former EU Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process. Otherwise very soon it will be too late and we will have missed the great opportunity of peace.


TV-Premiere: September 29th, 23.40 hrs, on arte

Rerun: October 8th, 10.15 hrs

Arte +7: 29.9.-29.10.2015


Feb. 2019: globale Bremen

Nov. 2017: Entwicklungspolitischer Filmherbst Baden-Württemberg

Aug. 2017: globale Leipzig

Jan. 2017: globale Mittelhessen, Giessen & Gladenbach

Oct. 2016: Days Of Cinema: Palestine, Ramallah

Jan. 2016: globale Filmfestival Berlin

Oct & Nov. 2015: Brotfabrik Berlin


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Nov. 30, 2019: “Wir sind hier. Vorhang auf für Gaza” (“We Are Here: Young Gaza On Stage”) screens at “Palästinensische Filmtage” in Bonn, Kino in der Brotfabrik, start 6.30 pm.

March 8th, 2019: “We Are Here. Young Gaza On Stage” runs at globale Bremen, start 7.30pm, with Q&A after the screening.

Feb. 15th, 2019: “Aid But No State” runs at globale Bremen, start 7.30pm.

Nov. 12-16, 2018: “We Are Here: Young Gaza On Stage” runs at Entwicklungspolitischer Filmherbst 2018 Baden-Württemberg (Nov. 12 in Weil der Stadt, Nov. 13 in Stetten, Nov. 14 in Weinstadt-Beutelsbach, Nov. 15 in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Nov. 16 in Schwetzingen), start 7.30/8pm, with Q&A after the screenings.

Oct. 30th, 2018: “We Are Here: Young Gaza on Stage” runs at naxos-Kino Frankfurt/M., start 7.30pm, afterwards Q&A.

Aug. 23rd, 2018: “We Are Here: Young Gaza on Stage” runs at globaLE in Leipzig, Open-Air, Clara-Zetkin Park, 8pm, afterwards Q&A.

Nov. 30th, 2017: „Milliarden für den Stillstand“ (“Aid But No State”) screens at KiezKulturwerkstadt, Berlin-Charlottenburg, start 8 pm, afterwards Q&A.

Oct. 23rd.: “We Are Here. Young Gaza on Stage” screens at the Boston Palestine Film Festival .

Oct. 13th: “Wir sind hier. Vorhang auf für Gaza” (orig. “We Are Here. Young Gaza on Stage”) screens at the Arab Filmfestival in Tübingen, start 6pm, Q&A after the screening.

Oct. 10th-12th.: “Milliarden für den Stillstand” (“Aid But No State”) screens at “Entwicklungspolitischer Filmherbst 2017 Baden-Württemberg” – on Oct 10th in Weinstadt (Kommunales Kino), Oct. 11th in Bad Waldsee (seenema Stadtkino), Oct. 12th in Tübingen (Club Voltaire), start 7.30/8 pm, with Q&A after the screenings.