Friday, October 29, 2010

There is always an Israeli ‘massacre’


Although it is common to dehumanize enemies, in the Arab/Muslim world, attempting any non-negative presentation of Israelis is just not tolerated.

As I practice filmmaking, I’d like to give a cinematic introduction to this article. Here are five scenes:

Scene 1, 2010, Carnegie Mellon University campus, Pittsburgh: Shabbat dinner for grad students. Two young ladies at the ticket-selling desk, switching between English and Hebrew; I said, “Shalom” and smiled, they smiled back. I thought of joining in, but then what would the reaction be when I introduced myself to the kippa-wearing guys saying, “My name is Mohammad”? And here is the rest of it.

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