ONLINEIsrael/Palestine: Beyond the Binary

June 9, 2024 $18.00
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(Photo: tzahiV/iStock)

The Israel/Palestine conflict is often portrayed as an intractable struggle between two diametrically opposed nations and is often discussed in simplistic binary terms (Jew vs. Arab, East vs. West, Religion vs. Secularism). This workshop challenges such polarizing framings by considering how shared experiences of exile, war, trauma, religious nationalism, and connection to homeland have shaped both Israeli and Palestinian societies and asks whether recognition of these similarities could be the foundation for future reconciliation.

We will be closely reading and discussing poems by Mahmoud Darwish and Yehuda Amichai, two authors held up as the “national poets” of Israel and Palestine, respectively, despite the fact that they were both quite critical of nationalism in their work. Leading our discussion will be cultural anthropologist and Judaic studies scholar Dr. Rachel Feldman, a professor of religion at Dartmouth College who has lived and conducted research in both Israeli and Palestinian societies and has published two books on Israel/Palestine. Feldman is the author of “Messianic Zionism in the Digital Age” (Rutgers, 2024) and co-editor of “Settler-Indigeneity in the West Bank” (McGill-Queens, 2023).

Everyone who registers will receive a recording of the program.

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Sunday, June 9, 2024, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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