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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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Elementary, My Dear Schnabel

Elementary, My Dear Schnabel

Plea to Julian Schnabel

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(p.137) Elementary, My Dear Schnabel
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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/9780231157599.003.0022

In this chapter, the author reprints his reply to Julian Schnabel, who, together with Vanessa Redgrave, published an article criticizing the Toronto Declaration in the New York Times Book Review. Schnabel and Redgrave argued that the Israeli government is a legitimate government responsible for actions no different than in other democratic states. In their view, the way to oppose such governments is through art and cinema, rather than boycotting them. The author is replying only to Schnabel because he believes that the letter against the Toronto Declaration is part of the public relations for his upcoming film, Miral, which takes place in Israel-Palestine. He concludes by insisting that Palestinian filmmakers should be allowed to make films in freedom, and that the entire Palestinian people should be a free people on their land.

Keywords:   films, Julian Schnabel, Vanessa Redgrave, Toronto Declaration, Israel, cinema, Miral, Palestine

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