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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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Come Out of Your Political Closets

Come Out of Your Political Closets

To Israeli Filmmakers

(p.130) Come Out of Your Political Closets
What Does a Jew Want?

Aloni Udi

Columbia University Press

In this chapter, the author criticizes Israeli filmmakers Gal Uchovsky and Eitan Fox for their views on the lesbian community. After the murder in the LGBT youth club in Tel Aviv on August 1, 2009, Uchovsky and Fox organized a memorial assembly where they prevented Knesset member Hissam Makhoul of Hadash from speaking during the event but embraced right-wing political leaders. At the same time, they were outing artists who refused to take part in the assembly. The author takes Uchovsky and Fox to task for their aggressive outing of artists and their scandalous criticism of the lesbian community who refused to kowtow to facile cultural icons. According to the author, the two filmmakers prevented the opportunity to forge bonds of solidarity between the LGBT community and the Palestinians of Israel and the Occupied Territories. He calls on Uchovsky and Fox to come out of their own political closets, take a stand alongside the oppressed, and refrain from making the gay community part of a violent, racist mainstream.

Keywords:   filmmakers, Gal Uchovsky, Eitan Fox, LGBT community, Hissam Makhoul, artists, Palestinians, Israel, Occupied Territories

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