On April 2003, Thomas Hurndall, a British photography student and an activist against the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories was shoot in the head by an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) sniper. His parents went to Israel wanting to know how this could have happened.
“After Tom Hurndall is shot in the head in Gaza, his parents Anthony and Jocelyn arrive in Israel wanting to know how it could have happened. They expect sympathy and co-operation from the Israeli authorities, but are instead met with an official explanation that fails to tally with any eye-witness accounts, and a wall of silence. When an Israeli army report attempts to whitewash the incident, the Hurndalls decide the only way to establish the truth is to launch their own investigation into the shooting, a process which brings them face to face with both the Open-Fire regulations of the Israeli army in Gaza, and the soldier who pulled the trigger.”
For someone who lived most of his life 100 km away from Israel nothing is new in this movie. An Israeli soldier cold-blooded killed a civilian. I don’t want to undermine the movie. On the contrary, the movie is a mind blowing especially to those who, for some reason, don’t know about Israel aggression. The movie’s main objective is to convey to the world what happened to Thomas Hurndall and how the Israeli military court handled this incident.
On my perspective what was mind blowing is the FACT that there are Arab soldiers in the Israeli military and that the sniper, Taysir Hayb, who shoot Tom Hurndall was a – Muslim – Bedouin. I don’t have enough information about Arabs living in Israel but it seems they are not required to serve in the Israeli military [source]. Whatever is the living status of a man he should not earn money killing his own brothers, this is not a civil war. Knowing that there are Arab snipers in the Israeli military was totally new to me. But I have to admit humans never failed to impress me.