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How Israelis' Self-deception Left Many of Them Confused About 'Our Boys'

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12.10.2019

As the outstanding miniseries “Our Boys” began to air, a rather strange debate developed about the intentionally misleading name the creators chose for it. The critics argued that the name created the impression that it would be about our three boys who were abducted and murdered — Eyal Yifrah, Naftali Frenkel and Gilad Shaer — and not our three boys who abducted and murdered Mohammed Abu Khdeir.

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This is a strange debate because the source of the deception is not in the name that Hagai Levi, Joseph Cedar and Tawfik Abu-Wael gave to their miniseries but rather in our self-image. After all, we are a nation that tends to appropriate to itself every Jewish victim, whoever it may be, and to cast out anyone who has been identified as a murderer. Gilad Shalit can be “everyone’s son,” while Elor Azaria can never be.

It is this self-deception that led many to conclude that if the series deals with “our boys,” that is, the events surrounding Operation Protective Edge in the........

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