There has been a lot of nationalism, warmongering and even racism in the Israeli media this past week, and inflammatory militaristic statements are still heard everywhere. So I thought it would be a good opportunity to post this video by filmmaker Itamar Rose. Several months ago, Rose traveled with a Palestinian friend to Sderot, which has been hit by rockets more than any other Israeli town, and asked locals to play the role of Palestinians in front of the camera. The outcome is worth watching.
(If you cannot properly see the video, click here to watch it.)
Some people might wonder how Palestinians would have reacted to the same role-playing game. But from my own personal experience, Palestinian never have a problem understanding Israelis, only the other way around (as I have written many times, I don’t think there is symmetry in the current status quo). That’s what makes this clip interesting.
Itamar Rose, 33, has a law degree from the Hebrew University. He studied film at the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in Jerusalem. His work often deals with racism and militarism. You can watch other subtitled videos he has made on his YouTube page. Rose currently lives and works in Tel Aviv.