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The Settlers Directed by Shimon Dotan Opens March 3 at Film Forum The sound of howling wind and the Doppler whoosh of passing cars. We're on Highway 90, the road that passes through Israel and Palestine. Then we pause and hear the sound of a faint prayer echoing in the breeze. This gives way to the clanking of industrial machines, carrying pieces of a portable residence off a truck. Then a man stands singing on a hill,...
A Tale of Love and Darkness Directed by Natalie Portman Opens August 19 Despite the enormous popularity of Amos Oz’s autobiographical novel A Tale of Love and Darkness, director Natalie Portman ran into resistance trying to make her $4 million adaptation, in no small part because she insisted the film’s dialogue be entirely in Hebrew. Her insistence reflects her passion for the project as well as her ties to Israel, her country of birth, and her Jewish...
In the aftermath of the Oslo Peace Accords between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, which were signed on September 13, 1993, in the White House Rose Garden, there was hope that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict might finally start moving toward a solution and ceasefire; this was reflected in the famous photograph of President Bill Clinton standing between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and head of the PLO, Yasser Arafat, as they shook hands. The road...
So, among other things, this summer has been a big one for flags on bridges. First, there were the German artists who replaces the Brooklyn Bridge's American flags with their own, white American flags. And then tonight, a huge Palestinian flag saying "Boycott, Divest, Sanction" was unfurled from the Manhattan Bridge during a march protesting Israel's bombing of Gaza. Via Gothamist, we learned that flag was hung from the south side of the bridge and "hung...

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