Uriva Rosenman grew up on Israeli military bases And Ramdas served as an officer in an elite unit of the army. His father was a fighter pilot. His grandfather led the paratroopers who captured the Western Wall of Jordan in 1967.
Samath Zakou, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, grew up in the Arab-Jewish city of Ramla. His family was evicted from their home during Israel’s war of independence in 1948, which the Palestinians referred to as the nakba, or “disaster”. Many of his relatives fled to Gaza.
face to face, separated by a small plastic table in a garage, Both exchange ethnic insults and slogans with each other, in a rap video that went viral in Israel, breaking the veneer of civilization covering the smoldering resentment between the Jewish state and its Palestinian minority.
Differences and Coincidences: That’s what “cockfighting” is all about, which paints various aspects of the confrontation between Palestinians and Jews in Israel in black on white. Source: Dan Balilti / The New York Times
Movies, let’s be frank, She It has already had over four million visits On social media since May, it could not have landed at a more opportune time after an explosion of Jewish-Arab violence, which re-emerged a few months earlier, which saw several mixed Israeli cities such as Lod and Ramla engulfing Jewish and Jewish communities. The middle was converted into war camps. Arab.
Looking for a change in attitude
sometimes slamming the prejudices of both sides Looks on the verge of violence, Rosenman and Zakout created a work that challenges listeners to break away from stereotypes and discover their shared humanity.
Rosenman, 31, says he wants to challenge Israel’s most basic reflexes and change it from within. “I think we are scared and controlled by fear,” he says. Zakout, 37, is committed to transforming Israel by overcoming the sufferings of his ancestors.
“I am not asserting my Palestinian identity,” he says. “I’m a human. Period. we are the first human. At first glance, the video appears neither more nor less as a humanitarian “undertaking”.
Sami Zakout and Uriah Rosenman face off in the “Let’s Talk Straight” video. Photo capture
Rosenman, who was the first to fire, ran an anti-Palestinian campaign for three minutes.
“Don’t cry racism. Stop crying. You live in clans, (use) rifles at weddings,” he scoffs, his body tense. “They abuse their animals, steal cars, beat their own wives. They only care about Allah. And the Nakba, Jihad, and Honor that controls your impulses. ”
The camera surrounds them. A guitar plays.
Zacout pulls off his beard, looking contemptuously away. You’ve heard it all before, including that frequently repeated line: “I’m not a racist, my gardener is Arab.” Then his voice rises and presents the other side of the most difficult of Middle Eastern tales.
Let’s be clear, the rap between an Israeli and an Arab
Uriva Rosenman and Samrat Zakout to discuss differences and music.
Terror, Racism and the Unwanted Mirror
“That’s it,” he says, and continues to rap: “I’m a Palestinian and that’s all, so shut up. I don’t support terror, I’m against violence, but This is a 70 year old profession; Of course there will be opposition. When you barbeque and celebrate independence, Nakba is my grandmother’s reality.”
“You kicked my family out in 1948When you entered our houses, occupied and then denied, the food on the table was still hot. You can’t speak Arabic, you don’t know anything about your neighbor, you don’t want us to live next to you, but we build your homes”, Zakout completed his part.
Rosenman frets. His outspoken self-confidence is eroded as he is dragged through the mirror of Arab-Jewish misunderstanding.
“Why don’t they stop harassing our women?” Rosenman wakes up, facing a defensive-looking Zacout. Photo capture
Video pays tribute I’m not racist, by Joyner Lucas, A similar exploration of the stereotypes and blindness that block the black-white divide in the United States.
Rosenman, a teacher whose job it was to explain the conflict to young Israeli soldiers, became increasingly dismayed to see “how things, along with justification for past trauma to the Jews, were built on rotten foundations.”
“Some things in my country are wonderful and pure,” he said in an interview. “Some are too rotten. They are not discussed. We are driven by trauma. We are a post-traumatic society. The Holocaust gives us some sort of legitimacy not to plan for the future, not to understand the full picture of the situation here, and to justify the action that we present as our defense. “
For example, Israel, in his view, should stop building settlements in the West Bank “on top of the Palestinian state”, as that state is essential to peace.
Looking for a way to confront society in a mirror and reveal its hypocrisy, Rosenman contacted a friend in the music industry who suggested meeting Zakout, an actor and rapper.
They began talking in June of last year, meeting for hours on a dozen occasions, creating an atmosphere of trust, and they recorded songs in Hebrew and Arabic in March and video in mid-April.
His timing was impeccable. A few weeks later the last war broke out in Gaza. Jews and Arabs once again clashed in the territories of Israel.
A meeting that turned into a friendship
Their first conversation was difficult. He argued about 1948. Zakout talked about his family in Gaza, how he remembered them, how he wanted to meet his relatives who had lost their home. i talk about “The Jewish Arrogance We Feel As Arabs”, Intolerance.”
My Israeli friends told me that I put them in front of the mirror,” he said.
“You don’t want us to stay with you, but we build your houses,” Zacout questions, and Uriah listens and thinks. Photo capture
Rosenman said he understands Zacout’s longing to see his family together. It was natural. but, Why did Arab forces attack Jews in 1948? “We were happy with what we had,” he said. “You know we had no other choice.”
The reaction to the video was overwhelming, as if something hidden had been discovered in Israel. He received invitations to attend conferences, participate in documentaries, host concerts, record podcasts…
“I’ve been waiting for someone to make this video for a long time,” said Eric Carmi in a comment on the video. “How can we fight each other when We are more like brothers than we admit? Change will not come before we let go of hatred,” he asked himself and replied at the same time.
The men, now friends, are working on a second project, which will explore how self-criticism can contribute to Jewish and Arab society and add elements to change. The question will be asked: ‘How can you do better instead of blaming the government?’
Zakout recently visited his “companion” grandfather, Yoram Zamosh, who planted the Israeli flag on the Western Wall after Israeli paratroopers stormed Jerusalem’s Old City during the 1967 war. Most of the Zamosh family that lived in Berlin he was murdered by the Nazis At the Cheल्मmno death camp.
From the project that brought them together, Sami Zakout and Uriah Rosenman became friends, and now they’re leaving for more. Photo Dan Balilti / The New York Times
“He is a unique and special person,” said the Palestinian rapper. “It reminds me a little bit of my grandfather, Abdullah Zakout, his energy, his vibration… When we talked about his history and pain, I understood his fears as well as he understood my side. ”
The purpose of the video is to bring the same kind of understanding to the audience. “This is the beginning,” warned Zakout. “We are not going to solve this in a week. But at least it is something, the first step in a long journey.”
Meanwhile, his Israeli counterpart said: “What we do is shout out loud that we are no longer afraid. We’re letting go of our parents’ sorrows And together to build a better future for all.”
So they both went to the table in front of him, beaten silently and eating a meal of hummus.
Source: The New York Times, for Clarina
Translation: Eduardo Slusarczuk