Monday, April 4, 2011

Heartbreaking News: Juliano Mer-Khamis

The extraordinary Israeli actor and film-maker was shot dead in Jenin today. Nobody really knows by whom.

I say Israeli with extreme reverence and sorrow. Mer-Khamis was born to a Jewish mother and Arab father. It is hard to imagine a man who embodied more completely the compassion we will need to grow into peace. If you have not seen his film, "Arna's Children," about his late mother's efforts to start a theater school in Jenin in the 1990s--and the ways her charges grew into insurgents and terrorists--you will understand nothing about this conflict.

Arna was a former Palmach fighter whose physician father famously worked to eradicate malaria. She and Juliano hoped theater would help young Palestinian boys work out their feelings of rage. His film about this effort and what followed during the Al-Aqsa Intifida may also be the most convincing depiction of the pathos of revenge since "Hamlet."

Change your plans for tonight. Watch the film here, on YouTube, in tribute. Try not to watch it alone.


Potter said...

I changed my plans, watched it ( alone) and thank you.

Those who should see this probably will not I despair... How tragic. Israel itself is by inference so suicidal, manufacturing a supply of enemies well into the future out of those children who could and should have taken other paths. The film is striking, too, visually brilliant, and striking in conveying what anyone watching will have to learn from it.

Dan Mano said...

No body knows by whom?...give me a break. Same savages that killed a baby in Itamar.

OH, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,
Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God’s great Judgment Seat;
But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth,
When two strong men stand face to face, tho’ they come from the ends of the earth!

Read this, sorry but couldn't find the English translation

Dan Mano said...

by Joseph Rudyard Kipling

Potter said...

I can't get that film out of my mind... the rubble that these children are brought up in-that they use as their playgrounds as they watch the deaths of their friends, the humiliating incursions and the destruction of their homes. Anyone who watched this film could easily assume this particular death was very misplaced anger, despair, hatred. But they don't have to guess it's origins, the why of it.

On both sides there are those who broad-brush their feelings making them applicable to all Jews or all Arabs. They can't or don't want to know individuals or their acts; don't want to distinguish friends from foes by their plain humanness. This includes those who can easily call such acts the acts of "savages" uninterested in what acts in turn have brought them to that moment. Those equally savage acts are, of course, excluded from this judgement.

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