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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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There will never be western sympathy for the Palestinian way....
20 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Palestinian and Israeli conflict has been waging my entire life and like most, I don't see an end in sight. After watching this documentary, I'm sad to say it only cemented my belief of this even more. I don't know what I was looking for, something positive I guess. Some mothers intuition that could make progress for a peaceful solution to an evidentially never ending ridiculous loss of life. A documented look into both sides, to look into the eyes of not only hatred but also despair of loss and see some reflection of humanity. There was just two bullheaded opinions, not much more. I live in a country that is consistently at the center of controversy and outrage (some unwarranted, most not). Having been lucky enough to see a lot of the world first hand, it saddens me that this is true, I'd love to see a change in the world for the better, but until we, as human beings, can come to the agreement that no Muslim, or Christian, or Jewish God would ever want anyone of his creations killed in his name, then I'm afraid we will live in this fearful state for a long time... As for personal questions, I'd love to ask the two mothers in this documentary: 1. The Israeli mother, You talk of peace, but in the 4 years since your daughters death, what have you done to voice a easement in the sanctions against the Palestinians? 2. To the Palestinian mother, you keep referring to your personal living conditions, a movement you lost a daughter for. Is it worth her life? I'd live in a box, for my child, to keep her safe. And lastly, they mentioned where there is occupation, there is resistance. Then she listed a list of recent countries struggles for independence. Only the Palestinians and Israeli seem to target civilian casualties. Why not suicide bomb military targets, why a shopping mall? And let's not forget, the greatest fight for independence was a peaceful one. Gandhi led the Indian people in peaceful protest against the British and the WORLD listened and love him for it...

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