Did you see the documentary Precious Life about a Palestinian baby being treated in an Israeli hospital?
It’s playing on HBO. It’s about a Palestinian Baby crossing into Israel for medical care to save it’s life. A $50k procedure. A Jewish Israeli who lost his son in battle donates the money for the medical treatment. The mother at one point says she would be fine with any of her children being a suicide bomber, and I admit it pissed me off! That if they die it is no big deal, everyone dies. That life is not precious. Later she says she said those things to be a good Arab, worried what people were saying about her back home.
I thought to myself how interesting it was this “save face” statement. Also, it angered me that the culture requires an Arab to feel this way, to believe this way. I think this woman would never want to her children to be suicide bombers, but I also think she would probably go along with it push came to shove, because she feels no power as a women.
The movie made me hope that these types of gestures do build bridges to peace. Demonstrates to Palestinians there are many Israelis who want peace, who don’t hate. But, I was not so sure. I wish I was sure.
What were your feelings and impressions during the movie.