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Documentary Film: The law in these parts

Documentary Film: The law in these parts

Today, the Filmcasino is hosting a Mediterranean breakfast starting at 11:00, before the screen of The law in these parts, a documentary investigation by Ra’anan Alexandrowicz into the justice of the Israeli legal system. It has been the winner of the World Cinema Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival 2012 and won “Best Documentary” at the […]

What Occupation? News From the Good Palestinians

The June 6th NY Times Sunday travel section boasted a breezy article entitled “Ramallah Attracts a Cosmopolitan Crowd,” which felt more sinister than the usual come-to-once-dangerous-places-and-sip-groovy-drinks travel story. Michael Luongo focused on the hot new music, restored Art deco houses, and the idea that this city has become “a destination for thousands of young North […]

The Voice for a Just Peace: Seeing the Human Face

Not long after Arafat took his final breaths in a hospital in France, his arch rival, Sharon, briefly sputtered and then sank into unconsciousness. Angry Jewish settlers were dragged from their homes in Gaza while the total Jewish settler population in West Bank continues to explode. Hamas won a democratic election to the Legislative Council, […]

The Strings That Bind

The Strings That Bind

  A grim-faced Daniel Barenboim strode out on to the stage of Berlin’s Staatsoper on Monday night, Jan. 12, for an anniversary concert no one knew how to celebrate. Ten years ago, the Israeli conductor joined forces with Palestinian intellectual Edward Said to create the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra of young musicians from Israel, Palestine and […]

The Ethnic Cleansing Of Palestine

The hall of the 9th District Municipal Building was packed for the Dec. 6, 2008 presentation by Dr. Ilan Pappé of his book, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, which had recently been published in German. The Israeli academic’s visit to Vienna was particularly timely: It was just three weeks before the latest round of intense […]

No Exit From Gaza

For 22 days, rockets and mortars pounded Gaza in the military siege that began Dec. 27. It has been a brutal, one-sided assault, ending the lives of about 1,300 Palestinians and 13 Israelis, and bringing the peace process to a screeching halt. On Jan. 18, Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert declared a unilateral ceasefire. A […]

The “Catastrophe”

As the state of Israel celebrates its 60th birthday, Palestinians remember the Nakbeh, or “catastrophe” – their story of dispossession, occupation, and statelessness. But, for both sides, as well as external powers, the events of 1948 and what has followed – the occupation since 1967 of the remaining lands of historic Palestine – represents a […]

Middle Israel to Middle Palestine

Middle Israel to Middle Palestine

Haifa – Americans speak of “Middle America” and Britons of “Middle England.”  Both are near mythic places that supposedly embody the authentic character of the nation. Israel, too, has its “Middle Israel,” but it is very different from the place that Americans and Britons describe. Rather than being somewhat provincial, Middle Israel is educated, bilingual […]

Tariq Ali on Fighting Fundamentalism

Tariq Ali on Fighting Fundamentalism

Author, filmmaker and political activist, Tariq Ali has an uncanny ability to uncover connections that are not immediately apparent. Eloquent, learned and culturally astute, he is a man of crystal-clear intellect, and no one, it seems, can escape his critical gaze. Ali visited Vienna on a cool and breezy night in mid-November.  As 19:00 approached, […]

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