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Ever since 17-year-old Rachel Levy, an Israeli, was killed four years ago in Jerusalem by a Palestinian suicide bomber, her mother Abigail has found hardly a moment's peace. Levy's killer ... See full summary »



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Ever since 17-year-old Rachel Levy, an Israeli, was killed four years ago in Jerusalem by a Palestinian suicide bomber, her mother Abigail has found hardly a moment's peace. Levy's killer was Ayat al-Akhras, also 17, a schoolgirl from a Palestinian refugee camp several miles away. The two young women looked unbelievably alike. TO DIE IN JERUSALEM unabashedly explores the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through the personal loss of two families. The film's most revealing moment is in an emotionally charged meeting between the mothers of the girls, presenting the most current reflection of the conflict as seen thru their eyes. Written by Anonymous

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I have sympathy to both Mothers. However this Documentary fails to see both points of view. Being an American we're so privileged, and we fail to see how much suffering is going on, yet we're generally surprised that other Countries don't like us. I don't want to get into the details of how we have trained the Taliban to defeat the Russians (and wonder why Russia doesn't really care for us), we provided weapons to Saddam, we have done a lot of things... and I don't want to get into that. I'm still proud to be an American. I still believe it's the greatest Country, we have so much freedom, we should never take it for granted, but we also shouldn't be surprised that some Countries have a deep hate for us.

The Palestinian people are suffering, they live in really bad conditions, they have no hope, they have no strong military... so for them they feel the only way to defend their rights is by suicide bombings. I don't condone it at all, but this Documentary failed to show the Palestinian's side. We are disliked in Palestine because we support Israel, and that will never change. I do hope that Israel makes a better attempt at solving these problems, and finding some way to compromise. I don't want to be pessimistic, but part of me thinks it will never happen because these problems have been there for so long that it does feel hopeless. If you have no hope in your life, you generally like you have no voice, and perhaps this is their small way of saying "we will not sit here, and take this occupation".

A recent news article below... U.S. regrets Israeli plan to approve more settlement in the occupied West Bank author Saturday September 05, 2009 00:19author by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies Report this post to the editors

The White House declared on Friday that it regrets a decision by the Israeli government, headed by Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to resume settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The White House said that this decision contradicts with Israel's own statements regarding its commitment to the Road Map peace plan.

It added that the Obama administration cannot accept the Israeli claims of the legitimacy of settlement construction and expansion, and urged Israel to stop its settlement activities, especially since this issue obstructs the efforts to create a momentum to restart the stalled peace process.

The statements came after a senior Israeli government official declared that Netanyahu is planning to approve hundreds of houses for Jewish settlers in West Bank settlements before he declares a temporary settlement freeze.

U.S. envoy, George Mitchell, will be visiting the Middle East next week for talks with Israeli officials. He is slated to arrive in Israel on Thursday for a two-day visit in which he would reiterate the demands of the U.S. administration.

Mitchell said that the U.S. commitment to Israel's security never changed and will remain strong, and added that his country believes that this security can best be achieved through dialogue and comprehensive peace in the Middle East, including the establishment a Palestinian State living in peace next to Israel.

The United States is holding comprehensive talks with Arab countries, Israel and the Palestinian Authority of President Mahmoud Abbas.

Illegal Israeli settlement activities are not the only cause for the stalled peace talks, but at least they are the highlighted issue at the moment. Israel still refuses any withdrawal from occupied East Jerusalem, refuses Palestinian sovereignty, refuses talks on borders, the refugees, natural resources and other and other fundamental issues that could contribute to a comprehensive peace deal.

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