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Something You Can Use: "Munich" Video Discussion Idea with Small Group Questions, Scripture and Wrap Up
Introduction: Think of a time when someone did something terrible to you-something wrong
and unfair, an action that seems to demand retaliation.
Our world's history is full of wrong doings-wrong and unfair acts that seem to deserve
retaliation. Races kill other races. Brothers even kill brothers.
How are we called to respond? I'm not talking about a political debate or a discussion on capital
punishment. I'm talking about what we, as individuals should do when someone is cruel to us.
Introduce Movie Clip: In 1972 eleven Israeli athletes were murdered at the Munich Olympics
by a Palestinian terrorist group known as Black September. In retaliation, Israel put
together a special team of Mossad agents to track down and assassinate every one of those
responsible for the murder.
In 2005 Steven Spielberg released the highly debatable film, Munich, which told a fictional
story, based on these true events. The film earns its R-rating quickly and is hard to watch in
parts. (CLICK HERE for
Jonathan's review of this film) I want to show you a one minute clip-the clip is completely
This scene is two hours into the movie. The Israeli team has been assassinating Black
September members one by one. Some of the Israeli team members are starting to feel guilt and
regret for their actions. They are beginning to question their methodology-after all, they are
Jews. They were raised to be righteous.
In this scene the four remaining Jews on the Israeli assassination team are boarding a train to go
kill a lady that just assassinated one of their own team. Robert hesitates as he approaches the
team. Avner, the team leader, stops to talk with him.
Start clip at exactly 2:00:19 into the movie as you see four men walking upstairs toward a
train. Robert stops. Avner stops to talk with him.
Transition Statement: As you can see, Robert was beginning to feel guilty now that he had
begun carrying out his revenge.
Robert: So, you're really going to kill her? All this blood comes back to us.
Avner: Eventually it will work. Even if it takes years, we'll beat them.
Robert: We're Jews, Avner. Jews don't do wrong because our enemies do wrong.
Avner: We can't afford to be that decent anymore.
Robert: I don't know that we ever were that decent. Suffering thousands of years of
hatred doesn't make you decent. But we're supposed to be righteous. That's a beautiful thing.
That's Jewish. That's what I knew. That's what I was taught. And now I'm losing it. And I lose
that... that's everything. That's my soul!
Scene ends 2:01:24 with the shot of Avner's face as he takes in what Robert just said. End
the clip before Avner's next line. (Definitely don't go any further with the clip. The next
scene is brutal-you will NOT want to show it!)
Let's divide into small groups and discuss this some more.
CLICK HERE FOR THE REST OF THIS DISCUSSION STARTER INCLUDING THE SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS, THE
PASSAGE OF SCRIPTURE, AND THE WRAP UP.
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