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  • Thursday, September 27, 2018

    Fake News! The View from Israel’s Military Occupation
     Rebecca L. Stein, Duke University department of Anthropology

    This paper studies the impact of new photographic technologies and image-sharing
    platforms on the Israeli military occupation of the Palestinian territories. Taking its cue
    from Trumpian political discourse, I focus on the right-wing Jewish Israeli reckoning with
    the growing visual archive of Palestinian injury at Israeli state or settler hands – a
    reckoning that occurs through the discourse of “fake news,” or the charge that such images
    are fraudulent or manipulated in some regard to produce the damning portrait of Israel. I
    will trace the long colonial history of repudiation in the Israeli context, its modification in
    the digital age, and consider the ways it has become an increasingly standard right-wing
    response to images of state violence believed to damage Israel’s global standing. I will
    argue that the fraudulence charge is marshalled as a solution to the viral visibility of Israeli
    state violence -- a charge that works to bring these damning images back in line with
    dominant Israeli ideology by shifting the narrative from Palestinian injury to Israeli
    victimhood. The story of the “fake” image of Palestinian injury endeavors strip the visual
    field of its Israeli perpetrators and Palestinian victims, thereby exonerating the state. Or
    such is the fantasy.
    Time: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
    Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium

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Hebrew Language Table, February 8, 2016–May 20, 2016
Kline, President's Room  1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

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Kline, President's Room  1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

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Kline Commons  6:30 pm – 7:30 pm


Monday, November 15, 2010
The Dybbuk
(Poland, 1937, Yiddish with English subtitles)
Olin Language Center, Room 115  8:00 pm
An expressionist masterpiece, The Dybbuk is based on the celebrated play by S. Ansky, written during the turbulent years of 1912-1917. Boundaries separating the natural from the supernatural dissolve as ill-fated pledges, unfulfilled passions and untimely deaths ensnare two families in a tragic labyrinth of spiritual possession. The film brought together the best talents of Polish Jewry, scriptwriters, composers, choreographers, set designers, and actors. The film's exquisite musical and dance interludes evoke the cultural richness of both shtetl communities and Polish Jewry on the eve of WWII.

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