Pretty Gross: Blood Bucket Genocide Challenge

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Political performance art, these Israeli activists took up the blood bucket challenge, dumping fake blood on themselves at important symbolic national sites in the capital, Jerusalem. These include Yad Va’shem, Mt. Herzl, and the Supreme Court. It’s hard to imagine what kind of response a similar performance might trigger were U.S. activists to try the same at the Freedom Tower, Mount Rushmore, or Arlington National Cemetery. According to the report, “The Israeli participants in the video did not encounter obstacles when filming despite the sensitive nature of the locations.” So I don’t think I’m a “Jew Against Genocide,” but the visuals by Kelly Lynn as posted in Mondoweiss are excellent. I like the red and the white, this evoking blood and bone and state power and public memory, and the combination of human and architectural frames. It’s pretty “gross.”

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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1 Response to Pretty Gross: Blood Bucket Genocide Challenge

  1. dmf says:

    purplepeopleeater blood?

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