Tag Archives: Israel

(Gaza) March of Return & The Status Quo Ante

It would be a mistake not to see the multiple ways in which all the actors involved in the March of Return are acting rationally, on both sides of the border. Looked at from two sides, this is a harsh, … Continue reading

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Israel & Russia Post-Holocaust (Matter & Memory)

I doubt there will be much notice of this event in the western press, but you can read about it here at Ynet Benjamin Netanyahu was Vladimir Putin invited guest at the Kremlin at the ceremony marking Russia’s World War II victory over … Continue reading

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Hasidic-Muslim Relations in Ottoman Palestine (Yitzhak Melamed)

Super interesting piece by Yitzhak Melamed with texts on the history of Hasidic-Muslim relations in Ottoman. The first Hasidic masters settled in Palestine in the eighteenth century, even before the movement developed a consciousness of itself as a new life-form … Continue reading

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Israel-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony (Guest Post by Meirav Jones)

Independence Day in Israel always follows Yom Ha’Zikaron or Memorial Day, a somber, affectively charged day on which, primarily, the Jewish tribal majority in Israel mourns its fallen soldiers. Between thoughtlessness and thoughtfullness, this is a highpoint in Civic Religion … Continue reading

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(Death & Symmetry) Foxtrot (Samuel Moaz)

(Spoiler Alert) So many of the reviews about Foxtrot have focused on politics and the Occupation, which is well enough, as these operate as the background situation to the action and non-action of the 2017 film by Samuel Moaz. The … Continue reading

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Arabic Movie (Eyal Sagui-Bizawe)

The Jewish Studies Program at Syracuse was delighted to host last night a screening of Arabic Movie (2015) and conversation with filmmaker Eyal Saguui-Bizawe. The movie explores the institution of the Friday afternoon “ceremony” of watching what was called “Arabic … Continue reading

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How Not to Dialogue About Israel and Palestine (In the Land of Pomegranates)

The few American reviews that I found online seem frustrated without understanding just why Hava Kohav Beller’s documentary In the Land of Pomegranates is such a hopeless reflection upon the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The documentary follows a group of young Israeli Jews … Continue reading

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