segunda-feira, 6 de dezembro de 2010

Getting used to the Hebrew language

Israeli film-maker Duki Dror's stock-in-trade is the struggle of the displaced to find their identity. His latest film, Cafe Noa, is a portrait of the now-derelict venue in south Tel Aviv where Jews from Arab countries used to get their cultural fix of Arabic music from Jewish refugee musicians from Egypt and Iraq. It is Egyptian-born violinist Felix Mizrahi's dream (Mizrahi was himself the object of an earlier Dror film) to stage a last concert there 

Note: They are Jews from Arab lands, not "Arab Jews". And "some Arab Jews from the surrounding states" are actually 52% of Israel's population.

Mediterranean Israeli Music or Mizrahi (oriental) music with its incorporation of distinct aspects of the various musical traditions of Eastern communities is the most popular music genre in Israel.

Mizrahi music is now firmly mainstream in Israel

What can I say? It is in English but it's still aljazeera...

Farhud refers to the pogrom or "violent dispossession" carried out against the Jewish population of Baghdad, Iraq, on June 1-2, 1941 during the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. The riots occurred in a power vacuum following the collapse of the pro-Nazi government of Rashid Ali while the city was in a state of instability. Before British and Transjordanian forces arrived, around 175 Jews had been killed and 1,000 injured. Looting of Jewish property took place and 900 Jewish homes were destroyed. By 1951, 110,000 Jews - 80% of Iraqi Jewry - had emigrated from the country, most to Israel. The Farhud has been called the "forgotten pogrom of the Holocaust" and "the beginning of the end of the Jewish community of Iraq", a community that had existed for 2,600 years.

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