First of all, I’ll recommend the 2005 movie ‘Live and Become’ (Va, vis et deviens). As almost all of the Gaza threads have demonstrated, it seems people are still feeling extremely polarised.
‘Live and Become’ is a beautiful film which I think should and will be appreciated by people despite their political viewpoints. Its the story of a young boy whose mother manages to get him refuge in Israel, when Israel acknowledges a tribe of Ethiopian Jews and gives them citizenship.
Shlomo as he comes to be known, is adopted by a tolerant and liberal family. The film is about his coming of age, and while this would be captivating on its own, the movie also examines a number of issues about Israeli society in an honest and moving manner.
I think its right to be critical of Israel on the issue of Palestine. At the same time its really unfortunate that perfectly sensible and honest people like Bananabrain and Katy Newton feel so embattled, especially when Britain doesn’t have much influence or control on the matter.
I also know that while America has managed to turn around its image around by electing Obama, it won’t be as easy for Israel to do so by solving I/P. Although it doesn’t explicitly set out to do so, Live and Become is a reminder for those that need it, that there exists an Israel which is independent of I/P – with a lot of qualities and the capacity to change for the better. Lets hope that in the future, it gets the leaders it deserves.
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