Wednesday, August 28, 2019

HBO Drama Revives a National Trauma for Israel

The reality: The remains of Muhammad Abu Khdeir, 16, are brought to East Jerusalem in July 2014.
JERUSALEM — It was the extraordinary coldbloodedness of the murder that made it true-crime movie material in the first place: a Palestinian teenager snatched off a Jerusalem street by Orthodox Jews, choked, bludgeoned and burned to death in a forest at dawn. But “Our Boys,” a 10-part series that started this month on HBO, is under attack in Israel largely because of that singularity, amid an ideologically and emotionally charged battle over the politics of bereavement and victimhood. Some critics have accused the creators of skewing reality and ignoring what they say is the more common scourge of Palestinian terrorism against Israelis, creating a false equivalency between the two and tarnishing Israel’s image. [More]
The creators of the HBO series “Our Boys,” from left: Joseph Cedar, Tawfik Abu Wael and Hagai Levi. Some Israelis say the series unfairly focuses on the killing of a Palestinian teen by Jews when Palestinian terrorism is more common.CreditCreditCorinna Kern/Reuters