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What Does a Jew Want?On Binationalism and Other Specters$
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Udi Aloni

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231157599

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231157599.001.0001

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This Time It’s Not Funny!

This Time It’s Not Funny!

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(p.133) This Time It’s Not Funny!
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What Does a Jew Want?
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Aloni Udi

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231157599.003.0021

In this chapter, the author criticizes Jewish international celebrities who published a counterdeclaration to the Toronto Declaration, of which he is a codrafter along with Naomi Klein, John Greyson, and other artists and intellectuals. The Toronto film festival 2009 dedicated its City to City project to Tel Aviv. This was a result of fruitful cooperation between the festival and the Israeli ministry of foreign affairs as part of their effort to “brand” Israel as an enlightened and liberal country. A group of artists and intellectuals organized by Klein published the Toronto Declaration pleading that the festival withdraw from this initiative and that artists protest against the political use of art. The author comments on the cooperation between some artists and the Israeli propaganda machine and calls on all the Jewish artists in North America, Israel, and elsewhere to ask why the image of an Israeli soldier, agonizing and crying, is so appealing to festival curators and audiences of the Western world.

Keywords:   Jewish celebrities, Toronto Declaration, artists, intellectuals, Israeli, propaganda, West, Naomi Klein

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