Cal Tzedek: 12/01/2004 - 01/01/2005

Saturday, December 18, 2004

on the pop culture front

Bitch magazine's latest issue has a great little piece on the "Annals of TV Judaism," by B. Helen Carnhoops. The main concept here is the "coded Jew"- think George Costanza on Seinfeld; I mean, is that man not a walking Jewish stereotype? Yet, supposedly, not Jewish. Willow Rosenberg from Buffy is called out as one of the first "uncoded Jews" on TV- openly Jewish, yet not a stereotype. The piece also reports that

"Several network executives famously fabricated an audience-research study revealing that viewers were open to all characters save those who were Jewish, had mustaches, or were from New York" Hence the rise of "coding"-- shows get to exploit all those wacky Jewish traits, yet not have to expose their viewers to any actual (fictional) Jews.

(mustaches?)


-Lisa

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I know you've heard this one before

Jewschool points to a new article on the myth of Palestinian textbook incitement

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Don't listen to what comes out of Sharon's mouth, pay attention to what Sharon's hands are doing

The Israeli peace group Gush Shalom reminds us that a whole year has passed since Sharon announced the "disengagement plan," yet no action has been taken- no withdrawal from land, no settlers evacuated: "Again and again we have to warn: Don't listen to what comes out of Sharon's mouth, pay attention to what Sharon's hands are doing - and not doing!"

Lisa

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Jayyous

I don't know if you've been following what's been happening in Jayyous, a Palestinian town adjacent to an Israeli settlement and one of those divided by the separation wall-- but none of the news looks very good. It looks like those wacky folks who labeled the wall a "land grab" are being proven right. Not only has the wall cut off villagers from their lands, settlers have now been actively destroying olive trees (Olive trees!). The Other Israel suggests that settlers are planning to build an extention of their settlement on this land.

"Settlers on Thursday uprooted 117 olive trees in the Palestinian village of Jayyus, adjacent to the Zufin settlement near Qalqilyah. Villagers said dozens of settlers, some of them armed, entered the olive grove owned by village resident Mohammed Salim at 8 A.M. and started destroying it with a bulldozer"
<Settlers uproot Palestinian olive grove , by Arnon Regular, in Haaretz>


(By the way, visiting Ha'aretz's website is always interesting- I am advised to buy IDF t-shirts, join J-Date, and donate to various charities. There are also a large number of art auctions, for some reason.)

Lisa


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Sunday, December 05, 2004

Recommended Reading

Semitism.net is a newish blog that describes itself as "Pro-Jewish. Pro-Arab. Pro-Peace."

Jewish Voice for Peace has a great deal of useful information on their site. I also recommend signing up for their email newsletters: "Jewish Peace News" aggregates news and opinion from the American, Israeli, Arab, and world press, often with useful commentary, and their monthly newsletter combines commentary with news on current activities.

-Lisa

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