Even before the screening began, it faced a campaign of criticism and a wave of sympathy. The television series tells the story of the abduction and burning of a Palestinian child,
The series, titled “Our Children,” talks about the story of the abduction and killing of Palestinian child Mohammed Abu Khudair, in the summer of 2014, which sparked a wave of anger in the occupied Palestinian territories.
The issue was behind the accelerated developments that amounted to Israel launching a devastating war on the besieged Gaza Strip.
The television series was co-produced by three drama makers, Israelis Hagai Levy, Joseph Cedar and Palestinian Tawfiq Abu Wael. HBO started broadcasting show a few days ago.
Levy tells the magazine “Foreign Policy” American, that the preparation of the series took a long time, especially to find details of the main story of the idea of the series.
The story of Abu Khudair was chosen because of the unprecedented crime and its subsequent developments.
The series starts from the southern West Bank, when three Israeli settlers were kidnapped, their bodies were later found, and during the ongoing searches, the Israeli army stormed several Palestinian areas and arrested hundreds.
After the burial of the three settlers, shouting in Israel demanded revenge, and it took hours before the child Abu Khudair was abducted from Shu’fat area north of Jerusalem by extremist settlers who tortured and burned him in a crime that sparked international outrage.
Criticism and praise
The first episode of the series focused on the kidnapping of the three settlers, which angered Israel and its loyalists, on the grounds that it does not equal the space given to “victims of violence” in the drama.
But Levy countered that one story, not two, should have been chosen.
Before the show began broadcasting, he was criticized by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who considered it just “propaganda degrading Israel’s reputation.”
Preparation for the series required interviews with parties to the case, such as the Abu Khudair family and the Israeli authorities.
Instead, the makers of the series used interviews with lawyers for what he said was “drawing a clear picture before the production began.”
Criticism from the Palestinian side and its supporters has shown that the Israeli authorities have emerged very positively, “as if they had nothing to do with creating the hostile environment for the extremists who killed Abu Khudair.”
On social media, the series “succeeded in portraying Palestinian grief and presenting it to Americans and Israelis alike,” they said. “They don’t realize how much pain the Palestinians are suffering.”