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Your first assignment/forum of our course is to listen to the 30-minute audio interview with Ari Shavit which was broadcast on NPR on November 18, 2013.  Please listen by going to the NPR webpage for this author interview and clicking on listen to the story.  This interview is based on his book  My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel.
Here is the link:  https://www.npr.org/2013/11/18/245952983/promised-land-wrestles-with-israels-brutal-contradictions
View Promises.  This compelling documentary  Promises  which focuses on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict through the perspectives of Jewish and Muslim children and teenagers provides us with an innovative manner to think about the meaning and interpretation of land/territory within questions of identity, belonging, nationalism, displacement, and language.  Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Co1zKnYMCIo&t=321s
Discussion board  Forum 1 – “Ari Shavit – My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel & “Promises”
There are many aspects and dimensions that can be focused on in this interview with  Shavit. The first part of your assignment is to choose  two  of the following questions and answer them in the writing of a cogent and analytic post.
1. How does this interview open up or alter ideas and images of Israel/Palestine and Israelis/Palestinians in contemplation of the Middle East conflict?
2. How is  Shavit  speaking to contradictions or paradoxes in the triumph and tragedy of Israel?
3. What is at stake in how  Shavit  addresses Palestinians not being  seen in the creation of the state of Israel? Secondly, how does  Shavit  speak to this moral damage?
4. What is his critique of the political left and right on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?
5. How does  Shavit  speak to the problems of occupation and settlement in regard to issues of peace and human rights?
6. How does  Shavit  situate the tensions of religion and secularity in Israel and how does this relate to America?
In the second part of your post, analyze the documentary Promises:
Secondly, how does the documentary  Promises further illuminate the dynamics and problems of the Middle East conflict in regard to “belonging” and concerns of violence/non-violence? Exemplify this part of your analysis through further focusing on two people that are portrayed in the documentary.

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