A Palestinian Boy Forced to Live Cheek by Jowl with Israeli Settlers

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Oct. 5 2012 7:00 PM

A Palestinian Boy Forced to Live Cheek by Jowl with Israeli Settlers

I recently posted an uplifting—by Middle-East-news standards, at least—clip featuring a 14-year-old Palestinian boy, Mohammed El Kurd. His view of Jews had been transformed when some of them spoke out on behalf of him and his family—and against the Jewish settlers who had taken over part of their property in East Jerusalem. But the story hasn’t had a happy ending yet. The settlers are still there, and here’s what that means to Mohammed: 

Mohammed’s story is chronicled in the documentary "My Neighbourhood," whose trailer can be found here. Here’s a condensed, 8-minute version of the film:


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Robert Wright, a senior editor at <a  linktype="External" resizable="yes" href="http://www.theatlantic.com/robert-wright/">The <http://www.theatlantic.com/robert-wright/%22%3eThe>  <http://www.theatlantic.com/robert-wright/%22%3eThe>  Atlantic</a>, a fellow at the New America Foundation, and editor-in-chief of <a linktype="External" resizable="yes" href="Bloggingheads.tv">Bloggingheads.tv</a>, is the author of <a  linktype="External" resizable="yes" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0679758941/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=slatmaga-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0679758941">Nonzero, <a  linktype="External" resizable="yes" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0679763996/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=slatmaga-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0679763996">The Moral Animal</a>, and <a  linktype="External" resizable="yes" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0045JK6HE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=slatmaga-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0045JK6HE">The Evolution of God</a>.