American director James Adolphus, left, directs an actor dressed in an Israeli army uniform. (AP Photo/The Warren Film)
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A U.S. director's short film about an Israeli army raid in a Palestinian refugee camp ends with a surprise involving a rabbit – though not one pulled from a hat.In identity-bending twists, those playing Israeli soldiers included a conscientious objector who quit the Israeli military to protest its practices in the West Bank; a former conscript whose unit patrolled the camp a decade ago; and six members of the Palestinian security forces who donned Israeli army uniforms as extras, and were also asked to protect the two Israelis."The drama of the production exceeded [that of] the film," said Guy Elhanan, 35, the actor who plays an Israeli captain leading his unit into a house in search of a wanted Palestinian.The 10-minute film follows the soldiers as they raid and ransack the house and at times hold the residents at gunpoint. In a phone interview, Gamlieli said his unit never acted as violently toward Palestinians as he was asked to do in the film, but added that "I know there are also other stories".He said he entered the camp with some trepidation, thinking of cases in which Palestinian crowds have attacked Israeli soldiers who had taken a wrong turn.
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