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Excellent show. I don't want to get into the whole political side of things given the fact that I don't live in Israel, and I leave that to the Israeli populus to decide.
The makers have spun a very moving narrative of the incidents that led to the 2014 conflict. What they have accomplished in comparison to other movies/shows of the same kind is that they have humanized everyone in the cast, regardless of the actions they commit and the turns their lives take. Shlomi Elkabetz as Shimon Cohen was a great choice; his interactions with Avishai Elbaz (Omri Gabay), who is manipulated into the murder by his uncle, Yosef Haim Ben David have such a pure nature it just cannot be ignored. Same goes to the riveting personal trauma that Hussein and Suha go through, after having lost their kid to the senseless violence in spite of the fact that they are not really political themselves. This show portrays an extremely fractured society and the complexities associated with it, so watching it with an unbiased eye would be a pre-requisite.
Brilliant show that highlights the extremism of the ultra-orthodox Jews in Israel and their terrorism against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.
The immense complexities of life in Israel where the government, not only has to deal with the ongoing mistrust and hate, between Israeli Arab and Jewish citizens, Palestinians and Jewish Israelis, but also the same mistrust between the Orthodox and Secular as well as the Sephardim, Mizrachim and Ashkenazim. The whole situation there has turned from the miracle of the Jews returning to their ancient homeland to a modern day tragedy. Illuminating and sad..
It's realistic. I know because I lived in Israel at the time of the events. A very unique insight to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
It's soo good and sad that all this can happen .. and sheds light on how rhetoric is so threatening ...
The show does a remarkable job of portraying Arab-Israelis and Palestinians as flawed and complicated human beings. Their perspective is presented and challenged on a number of occasions, but you are left with the notion that they are not evil people. It's a very impressive handling of a difficult issue.
So it's a shame that the same care is not shown to the Jews in the show. They gleefully cackle about wanting to murder babies and burn villages to the ground. It's cartoonish, and offensive.
representing one murder case instead of the all four, and focuses only on palestinian side of things, the israeli side is not shown with much will.
A deeply authentic and complex depiction of Palestinians and Israelis in Jerusalem. After decades of watching Arabs vilified in Hollywood this is a refreshing portrayal of Palestinians as human beings for a change; None of the usual undertones of dehumanization or even the subtle and indirect biases that seep into even the more liberal Hollywood depictions. The beauty of this film is that it was made by two Jewish Israelis and one Israeli nationalized Palestinian. Someone finally threw Palestinians a Hollywood bone.
You have to read subtitles, unless you speak Hebrew, which I assume leads to a lower audience score, which is unfortunate because this is so well done. A rare glimpse inside a very complicated part of the world
Fantastic on many levels. Rare to see something with such complexity and compassion. Thoroughly fascinating!