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Gaza: What next?

Widespread hopes among democracy-loving Europeans and Americans that the grassroots revolt against authoritarian governments of various stripes would usher in a new era of tolerance, peace, and understanding have not gone according to script.

By EDITORIAL  |  November 30, 2012
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What's wrong with the Palestinians' U.N. gambit

The United Nations recently voted to extend Permanent Observer status to the Palestinian Liberation Organization.
A dangerous charade
By EDITORIAL  |  November 30, 2012
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Dor Guez's family matters

Some find Dor Guez's subjects controversial, apparently unable accept the fact that folks on the losing side of wars get screwed.

By GREG COOK  |  November 02, 2012
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Review: It Is No Dream: The Life of Theodor Herzl

In 50 years, Theodor Herzl predicted in his diary during the First Zionist Congress in Basel in 1897, he would be recognized as the founder of the first Jewish state.
Richard Trank's documentary
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 07, 2012
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Review: The Matchmaker

Arik (Tuval Shafir), a restless Israeli teenager, struggles against the cultural limits of Haifa in 1968 — it's a provincial prism untouched by rock music or the sexual revolution.
Cultural limits
By MILES HOWARD  |  June 22, 2012
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Review: 5 Broken Cameras

Emad Burnat, a Palestinian villager, goes through five different cameras from 2005 to 2010, each one broken when the Israeli military or police assault him as he tries to record the ongoing turmoil.
Recording turmoil
By PEG ALOI  |  June 22, 2012


Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story

Review: Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story

Whatever your opinion of the policies of Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, you can't deny that his brother Yoni was a hero, a courageous man whose conflicts and triumphs mirror those of his homeland.
Jonathan Gruber and Ari Daniel Pinchot document Yoni's life story
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 01, 2012
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Review: Being Jewish in France

"A love affair gone sour," is how one of the writers quoted in director Yves Jeuland's documentary describes the Vichy collusion with the Nazis, which ended with thousands of French Jews rounded up by Gendarmes and shipped to death camps.
Yves Jeuland's documentary
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 16, 2012
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What's wrong with the Palestinians' U.N. gambit

The Palestinian campaign to upgrade their diplomatic status at the United Nations is a train wreck in the making.
A dangerous charade
By EDITORIAL  |  September 16, 2011
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Review: The Debt

Based on the 2007 Israeli film Ha-Hov, the story weaves present and past together, with most of the action surrounding the fateful mission and the perilous web of duty, passion, and betrayal that still haunts the agents.
John Madden's smart, icy thriller
By PEG ALOI  |  September 02, 2011
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Assaf Kehati Quartet | Flowers and Other Stories

The Boston-based Israeli guitarist Assaf Kehati and his quartet know how to straddle the great divide.
AKJazz (2011)
By JON GARELICK  |  July 15, 2011


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Assaf Kehati Quartet | Flowers and Other Stories

The Boston-based Israeli guitarist Assaf Kehati and his quartet know how to straddle the great divide.
AKJazz (2011)
By JON GARELICK  |  July 15, 2011
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Review: Miral

Julian Schnabel, a painter by trade, comes at his films (all bio-pics) with passion and élan.
A tale of female empowerment
By TOM MEEK  |  April 08, 2011
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Review: Budrus

Simply shot and straightforward in its argument, this film from Brazilian documentarian Julia Bacha is an agitprop rallying cry for Palestinians living in the West Bank's Occupied Territories.
A direct doc on the Palestine/Israel conflict
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 03, 2010
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Intimations of life: Camden International Film Festival 2010

Just six years into its life, the Camden International Film Festival — a four-day documentary showcase running from September 30-October 3 at venues in Camden, Rockport, and Rockland — has achieved breakout status on the crowded festival circuit.
CIFF's sixth program is its best and most diverse yet
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 01, 2010
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Cool drink on a hot day

Alan Ayckbourn has been often dismissed as the British Neil Simon. He's also been hailed as a playwright of such acute insight that, if you look beyond the laughs, he deserves to be mentioned in the same critical breath as Harold Pinter.
With Table Manners, Gloucester Stage gives Ayckbourn his due
By ED SIEGEL  |  July 02, 2010


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Stoddard's Fine Food and Ale

Some of the great ones do it by instinct, but William Ashmore, owner of Stoddard's (and Ivy across the street) appears to be someone given to second thoughts, maybe nots, and serial inspirations.
Boston's gastropub world has a new champ
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 02, 2010

Deval Patrick and the mosque

I was extremely disappointed to read your close-minded, ignorant, and bigoted position on Governor Deval Patrick’s meeting with Muslims at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center in Roxbury.
Letters to the Boston editor, July 2, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  July 02, 2010

Crossword: ''Rumble in the Bowl''

Part of this unbalanced breakfast.
Part of this unbalanced breakfast.
By MATT JONES  |  June 25, 2010
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Mickey Mouse Multiculturalism

Massachusetts treasurer and independent candidate for governor Tim Cahill was off base when he accused incumbent governor Deval Patrick of "playing politics with terrorism" in the wake of Patrick's visit to the controversial Roxbury mosque maintained by
Governor Patrick's problematic Mosque visit. Plus, Bush — and the GOP — vote yes for torture
By EDITORIAL  |  June 11, 2010
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Review: Eyes Wide Open

Though Hair Tabakman’s intense melodrama seethes with eroticism, for most of the film the only flesh on view is the raw meat in Aaron’s (Zohar Shtrauss, who with his beard looks like Dostoevsky) butcher shop in a stark Haredi neighborhood in Jerusalem.
Melancholy spirituality
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 07, 2010


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Review: Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI

"You are here to kneel/Where prayer has been valid.” “Here” for T.S. Eliot was a church in Huntingdonshire, but it’s hard to imagine a place where prayer has been more valid than Jerusalem, or a place where more people have died for their faith.
“Jerusalem: The City of the Two Peaces,” live At Sanders Theatre, May 5, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 07, 2010

High ideals and crazy dreams

I have nothing against conspiracy theories.
Truthers hurt
By AL DIAMON  |  April 30, 2010
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'Tea' is for terrorism

A year ago, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) produced a memo outlining the growing threat posed to this country from right-wing extremists. It compared the situation to that of the early 1990s — which culminated in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred
When even the most ‘legitimate’ voices of the right validate dangerously unhinged anti-government rhetoric — DUCK!
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 09, 2010
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The question of Iran

Once again, Washington’s gunslingers are agitating for a war with Iran. Cheered on by Fox News and enabled by uncritical talking heads such as NBC’s David Gregory and PBS’s Charlie Rose, the let’s-bomb-or-invade-or-maybe-do-both-to-Iran brigade is busy s
Plus, Tim Flaherty for State Senator
By EDITORIAL  |  April 09, 2010
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Jewishfilm.2010

They aren’t the most auspicious of couplings: an Arab and Jewish girl in Nazi-occupied Tunis in 1942; a butcher and his apprentice in Haredi Jerusalem; the survivor of a terrorist bombing and a stranger who might be a guardian angel.
Love is stronger than death at Jewishfilm.2010
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 02, 2010


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Bach beat

Composers John Harbison and Peter Lieberson are big presences this spring.
Lions and lambs
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 12, 2010
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Photos: Balkan Beat Box at the Paradise

Photos of Balkan Beat Box performing at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston
Balkan Beat Box, live at the Paradise, March 11, 2010
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  March 12, 2010
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Jew note

Defining "Jewish" music is pretty much a fool's task — not much easier than defining jazz.
First Annual Boston Jewish Music Festival, plus the Klezmatics
By JON GARELICK  |  February 26, 2010
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Review: Ajami

Set in the Arab neighborhood of the title, this Israeli nominee for the Best Foreign Language Oscar starts out like a Middle Eastern Boyz N the Hood .
This Middle Eastern Boyz N the Hood  teeters, but doesn't Crash
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 26, 2010