My So-Called Enemy

A documentary about understanding your enemy. We see a story through the eyes of 6 young women from Israeli and Palestinian sides of Israel. They go together on a summer camp, not always supported by their parents, to get to know ‘the other behind the wall’. An impactful two weeks where the girls explore questions of ethics and who is really to blame for all of this. When they come back home you see how it has impacted the decisions they make in life. When you know your enemy it gets harder to approve the horrors happening. An Israeli girl serves the army and wants to make change from the inside while a Palestinian girl who first approved the attacks against Jews now became orthodox Muslim and prefers to have no one harmed. Well as long as they are Muslim. 

This documentary got me thinking about the importance of understanding the person you might not like. You do not have to approve the other persons’ ideas but you have to be open to them in order to make decisions based on a respectful ground.