Breaking anonymity choosing to be present - Still shaken by the experience of Israel’s attack on Gaza during the winter of 2009, the author - a Palestinian psychologist who lives and works in Israel - reports the strong feelings he felt while watching Steven Spielberg’s film Munich. He discusses the contribution of the movie in helping to understand the process that turns the enemy from an object to a subject. The same process occurs during peace dialogues in which people from conflicting groups confront each other. This process must overcome resistance to change, so as to make the necessary transition to stop the conflict. Tali also explains an incident that highlights the role of the media during the war in Gaza, and analyzes some examples of opposite trends that are well portrayed in the film: the desire to meet the enemy and to build a new relationship and, on the other hand, the instinct to keep the situation unchanged.
Keywords: Presence, absence, anonymity, revenge, war, peace dialogues.