Brooke Loober, Anne Frank, Gaza, Neutral Milk Hotel

Ifound these pictures on http://brookespeeking.tumblr.com/page/3 Brooke Lober’s blog. Lober is a jewish feminist and Israel critic. You can read more about her at her about page at The University of Arizona (see quote below). Her blog is full of paintings, picures and interesting things about not only Israel and Palestine, but all kind of important and interesting things like music, feminism and art.

Anne Frank, Save Gaza, by Leba. And AF Neutral Milk lyrics street art, artist unknown.

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From her about page at The University of Arizona: «Brooke Lober is a PhD candidate, currently writing a critical history of social movements that addresses some of today’s urgent political struggles by focusing on the “question of Palestine” taken up by a set of interlinked but sometimes opposed historical feminist groups. Through close analysis of feminist practices and ethical frameworks for political engagement expressed in social movement arts and cultural production, this dissertation unearths and reconsiders debates about Zionism and Israeli state practice that took place in the overlapping spaces of the Palestine solidarity movement, anti-imperialist feminist formations, and the U.S. Jewish feminist movement of the late 20th century. A longtime participant in creative subcultures and left social movements, Brooke is engaged in community organizing and education projects, teaches classes in feminist studies, and works as an editorial assistant at Feminist Formations journal.»

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So Long, Marianne

Boat Marianne

Come over to the window, my little darling
I’d like to try to read your palm
I used to think I was some kind of Gypsy boy
Before I let you take me home

Now so long, Marianne, it’s time that we began
To laugh and cry and cry and laugh about it all again

Well you know that I love to live with you
But you make me forget so very much
I forget to pray for the angels
And then the angels forget to pray for us

Now so long, Marianne, it’s time that we began…

We met when we were almost young
Deep in the green lilac park
You held on to me like I was a crucifix
As we went kneeling through the dark

Oh so long, Marianne, it’s time that we began…

Your letters they all say that you’re beside me now
Then why do I feel alone?
I’m standing on a ledge and your fine spider web
Is fastening my ankle to a stone

Now so long, Marianne, it’s time that we began…

For now I need your hidden love
I’m cold as a new razor blade
You left when I told you I was curious
I never said that I was brave

Oh so long, Marianne, it’s time that we began…

Oh, you are really such a pretty one
I see you’ve gone and changed your name again
And just when I climbed this whole mountainside
To wash my eyelids in the rain                                                                                                 –
Leonard Cohen

New Ship to Gaza

I was walking past an open place in the city Bergen (were I live) today when I spotted some members of the Palestine Committee of Norway and other activists holding an appeal. They talked about a new shipping of activists to Gaza, a swedish-norwegian fish boat that will be send soon. One of the people speaking mentioned a israeli jew who’s not allowed to enter Israel anymore due to his criticism of the state and how palestinians are treated. I think his name was Dror Feiler. The man speaking said that this was an example of the fact that the state of Israel do not represent the jews of the world.

But is the state of Israel apartheid? I do not agree there. Nadine Gordimer had some good points when she said that “Israel makes a great injustice against the Palestinians, but what happens in the Middle East has a background in conflict over land the parties makes historical claims for, while the white colonizers in Africa had no land they rightfully could claim for as inhabitants, they only took it.”

I think the impossible task of making it possible for israeli settlers to live in the palestinian territories makes it hopeless for both jews and arabs, and that this is more a war over holy territories than over race.

From a demonstration in Bergen, Norway today.
From a demonstration in Bergen, Norway today.

Jesse Eisenberg’s Involvolvement With Israel&Gaza Themed Art

From http://animalnewyork.com:

«Jesse Eisenberg is starring in a new movie that uses Brooklyn’s Red Hook as a backdrop for the war-torn Gaza Strip, but has recreated Palestinian propaganda posters without using proper Arabic.

A scene set up on Thursday for Louder Than Bombs called for female actors wearing headscarves — presumably Palestinian Muslims — who were instructed to scream and run past a wall plastered in graffiti, the Palestinian flag, and Palestinian propaganda. But the writing on the latter set of posters doesn’t make sense.

Unlike English script, in Arabic, letters are connected to form a word. In the posters on the set of Louder Than Bombs, these connections are missing, making the Arabic look like a WingDings font rather than words. ANIMAL’s photographer Aymann Ismail was on the scene and noted, “It’s Arabic, but it looks like they didn’t do any homework.”

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The translated text seems like it should read, from right to left, “Together we are strong” and “In the memory of a martyr and a son for his efforts in fighting injustice/tyranny.”

ANIMAL reached out to the film’s primary production company, the French-based Memento Films, via e-mail, as well as NYC-based Animal Kingdom, but did not hear back by the time of publication.

Louder Than Bombs is the English-language debut from Norwegian director Joachim Trier about a family that struggles to reconcile conflicting memories of the family matriarch, a late war photographer. Jesse Eisenberg and Devin McKenzie Druid play the sons, Gabriel Byrne stars as their father, and Isabelle Huppert stars the photographer. The movie began filming in New York September 5th.

(Photo: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork)»

My comment: this is a film I look forward to watch, the director has made beautiful new wave films before, and it stars Jesse Eisenberg ’nuff said. Here’s the opening montage of Trier’s film Oslo, August 31st:

From http://www.independent.co.uk:

«Safety fears, political opposition and controversy have prevented the majority of Western acts scheduled to appear inIsrael over the past weeks from doing so.

The Backstreet Boys, Cee Lo Green and Megadeth are among the many who have cancelled live shows in the country, as thedeath toll in Gaza reaches over 1,834 Palestinians – many casualties of which are civilian – since the Israel Defence Forcesbegan its military campaign “Protective Edge” on 8 July.

More than a quarter of Gaza’s 1.8 million residents have been displaced and as many as 3,000 Palestinian homes are said to have been destroyed or damaged.

Meanwhile, Israel has lost 64 soldiers in combat and three civilians to Palestinian cross-border rocket and mortar fire that has emptied many of its southern villages.

So it would have been an easy, and perhaps advisable, decision for actor Jesse Eisenberg to follow suit and cancel his trip to the country last week.

However, the Social Network actor – who is of Polish and Ukrainian Jewish descent – decided to honour his arrangement to perform in the Hebrew translation of his play The Revisionistat the ZOA House theatre in Tel Aviv.

The Revisionist tells the story of an American-Jewish writer who visits his aunt – a Holocaust survivor – in Poland in a bid to appease his writer’s block.

“I had a trip planned prior to the war breaking out and I kept my plan. I knew I would be safe where I was going, I thought I’d be OK to go and I was,” he told The Independent’s Jessica Bartlett.

Far from being criticised for his decision, Eisenberg – who recently appeared in The Double and Night Moves – said that the response to his work was “wonderful”.

“The fact that it was on during this critical time made it a little different; my play is about reconciliation of the past and overcoming differences, so it’s not like a play that in any way is in conflict with what people over there want to talk about now.

“That night in the theatre there was a discussion afterwards and it was about reconciliation and family and things that people wanted to address, especially in this difficult time.”

Eisenberg stopped short of giving his own opinion on Israel-Gaza – unlike an ever-growing number of famous faces who have passed comment on the conflict.

Wonder Woman star Gal GadotBill MaherJoan Rivers and Angelina Jolie’s father, the veteran actor Jon Voight, have all expressed their support for the IDF.

Meanwhile Zayn Malik, Rihanna, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardemand Russell Brand have declared their support for the plight of the displaced Palestinian people.»

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