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A Bereaved Mom’s View of HBO's Israeli Drama ‘Our Boys’

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25.08.2019

What happens when we recognize and acknowledge that the pain of the “other” is the same as ours, when we admit that our tears are all the same color and taste? Can we acknowledge this shared pain through empathy? Can we admit one another’s humanity?

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Social media are ablaze with criticism of “Our Boys,” a docudrama produced by HBO and Keshet International Studios about the three Israeli yeshiva students, Eyal Yifrah, Gil-Ad Shaer and Naftali Fraenkel, who were killed by Palestinians in the summer of 2014, and about 16-year-old East Jerusalem Palestinian Mohammed Abu Khdeir, who was killed by Jewish Israelis that summer. The killings were followed by Operation Protective Edge, the 2014 war between Israel and Hamas and its allies in the Gaza Strip.

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The Israeli bereaved parents have been enlisted by the Choosing Life Forum to write a letter of complaint to HBO about the series. The parents, who in all likelihood have not seen the series, wrote that they were offended by the show, which they said does not recognize their victimhood. I have no argument with the families, but I do with........

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