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In order to legitimise the Jews’ right to Palestine, Zionism sought to delegitimise the Palestinian existence in the land. That involved a largely psychological process of ‘nativisation’ of European Jews and ‘de-nativisation’ of Palestinians. The term ‘Arab’ was one of the tactics used to achieve such goal.

The Netflix series “Fauda” attempts to rewrite the cliched one-sided Hollywood narrative of the conflict, but only to a point. It has a hierarchy of victims, in which Jewish Israelis are at the head of the line, and repeatedly slips back into all-too-common Israeli narratives about the Other.

What Kind of Jew is Shlomo Sand? - The new film from Bruce Robbins

Bruce Robbins on why he made a documentary about Shlomo Sand: “If everyone knew what Sand has discovered about the construction of the Jewish story of exile and return, beautiful but false, they would be a little shaken… I hope that American Jews who tend to be liberal will transfer their democratic values to Israel. Let’s be democratic across the board.”

Nora Lester Murad. Cover, "I Found Myself in Palestine." (Images: courtesy of Interlink Publishing)

Nora Lester Murad: “‘I Found Myself in Palestine’ is intentionally not a book about Palestine. It’s not about the Israeli occupation or politics—at least not primarily. It’s not even about Palestinians. Rather, it is a collection of reflections by non-Palestinians whose stories are also a gift of this place.”