Fact and Fiction in Today's Israel-Palestine Conflict
The Split Screen View in Jerusalem and Gaza
One split screen wasn’t really enough for the asymmetries we’re looking at now, but there it was: Ivanka unveiling the Trump embassy plaque in Jerusalem, and 40 miles away, the massacre at Gaza, Israeli soldiers killing dozens of Palestinians in unarmed protest. It was a 70-year birthday party on the ground of what the Arabs of Israel call their 70-year-old catastrophe. It would take another split screen to see the pulling apart of the Atlantic alliance, the broken consensus on keeping nuclear arms out of Iran. More split screens would show other breakdowns underway—in the attachment of American Jews to Israel, for example, and a deepening split over the odd couple, Netanyahu, and Trump: in the US, four out of five Republicans love them; three out of four Democrats do not.
This was a juxtaposition of buzzwords and loaded images—realities and truths, as people kept calling them–to challenge and possibly change the grand narrative of where the world is at, and not just in Israel or the Middle East. So we are listening to this hour for adjustments in storylines among a sampling of interested parties: Jewish, Palestinian, American and more.
Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College and author of The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany
Phd candidate in history at New York University and Gaza-born policy analyst
professor of anthropology at Tufts University and author of Back Stories: U.S. News Production and Palestinian Politics
professor of history at Amherst College, former diplomat, and author of The Long Goodbye: The US and Middle East from the Islamic Revolution to the Arab Spring
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