International Fellowship of Christians and Jews

Confessions of a former Israel-hater

Nicky Larkin

Nicky Larkin, an Irish photographer and filmmaker, hated Israel – until he spent seven weeks in the region in 2011 to shoot his upcoming film Forty Shades of Grey, about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Those weeks changed his opinion about Israel, a transformation he writes about eloquently in The Independent:

Back in Tel Aviv in the summer of 2011, I began to listen more closely to the Israeli side. I remember one conversation in Shenkin Street — Tel Aviv’s most fashionable quarter, a street where everybody looks as if they went to art college. I was outside a cafe interviewing a former soldier.

He talked slowly about his time in Gaza. He spoke about 20 Arab teenagers filled with ecstasy tablets and sent running towards the base he’d patrolled. Each strapped with a bomb and carrying a hand-held detonator.

The pills in their bloodstream meant they felt no pain. Only a headshot would take them down.

Conversations like this are normal in Tel Aviv. I began to experience the sense of isolation Israelis feel. An isolation that began in the ghettos of Europe and ended in Auschwitz.

Israel is a refuge — but a refuge under siege, a refuge where rockets rain death from the skies. And as I made the effort to empathise, to look at the world through their eyes. I began a new intellectual journey. One that would not be welcome back home.

Author: Stand For Israel | March 16, 2012
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  • Dan C
    March 17, 2012
    1:59 pm

    I hope this one makes it to facebook- I’ll repost it! Shalom.

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  • yvonne
    March 17, 2012
    1:46 pm

    it makes me cry these people their hatred is numbed by dumbness may God quiickly turn this situation around, i believe if Israel got on their knees to God He would faithfully be with them, God would fight their battles for them, but they are angry at God, they keep running to USA for help listerning to them God is not going to interven, He will wait until they had enough and earnestly seek Him. Love God

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