Monday, February 11, 2008

Dance of the Disengagement

This thought provoking dance by the Gush Katif Ulpana (girl's high school) has stirred up alot of emotion on the NRG website (Hebrew) where it appeared. (There's a 20 second commericial at the beginning)

Personally, I don't understand why pro-Disengagement supporters are in such a tizzy. The actual Disengagement was far more violent...and the victims are still refugees.

Wherever I am, my blog turns towards Eretz Yisrael טובה הארץ מאד מאד


JoeSettler said...

Why would the left find it offensive?

I see an accurate protrayal of the events that occured.

Soldiers in Green and Black uniforms. Soldiers trained to mask and supress any show or feeling of emotion. Soldiers ignoring the pleas of the residents. Soldiers linking arm and marching forward.

Exactly as it happened.

Perhaps they are upset that an artistic venue was used.

Lurker said...

JS is exactly right -- the leftists are perturbed that a bunch of backward dossim are daring to express themselves through an artistic medium. They see it as a violation of their own exclusive rights to such forms of expression, and a descration of their holy of holies.

All the hostile comments, dripping with hate and venom, are very much in place there, and ought to be read. They serve as a fine illustration of the very phenomenon these young women are trying to portray.

Rafi G. said...

te ony inaccuracy I see in it is when the "settler" girl falls to the floor. The soldier stepping forward was careful to step over her.

In real life, 9.9 times out of 10 the soldier would have stepped on her back

Anonymous said...

Where can this be seen in Israel, where is it showing?

Anonymous said...

It bothers them becuase it is an accurate reflection of what they did, and they don't like to look in the mirror.

Anonymous said...

I dont get it ? Watching the video.. brought flashbacks of the EXACT scenes.. dozens and zoens.. I have hundreds of pix of the same.

Zombie frozen faces.. no emotions.. girls and boys begging and crying.. soldiers marching in columns down the streets..

yitz said...

I agree with all the comments above. I also linked to this post on Shiloh Musings. Great work Jameel, & thanks for bringing it to our attention!

Anonymous said...

would you know, perhaps, why i cannot view the video? I can hear the sound but that's it. (i tried internet explorer, firefox, the maariv website--nothing's workin!)

mother in israel said...

If you can't understand why the left is bothered by this dance, you have no chance of reaching them. It's political, it's emotionally laden. It's art; you may see it as 100% accurate but as all art it is told from only one point of view. You cannot say that this is the only valid interpretation and expect everyone to go along with you. And to be teaching it to young girls in a school that (presumably) takes government money is unacceptable. Would you like it if the left drew pictures of Jews throwing vegetables at soldiers (I recall that this happened, correct me if I'm wrong) and exhibited it at Tel Aviv schools?

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Mom in Israel: It's called "cynicism" :-)

Please bear in the mind the following points:

Any comparison the Left makes between this dance and any other events, "are in the eyes of the beholder" -- that's what art is about..and drawing your own conclusions.

For the Left to dislike this dance because it brings up to them some nasty allegories -- it is they who are making the comparison. If they don't like what they see in the mirror this dance provides, then maybe they should re-examine their own actions.

Of course it's not 100% accurate -- art never is.

My point is that the Israeli Left often uses art to further their own political agendas (which are heavily subsidized by the Israeli taxpayer and government money).

Why all of a sudden when girls who were actually thrown out of their homes -- try to use the same medium of "art and dance" for self expression are automatically condoned by the Left?

Because arts and dance are the bastion of the Left...Right wingers are obviously not allowed creative expression.

Lets take only one simple example of "Hevron" -- a play at the Habima theatre:,7340,L-3417731,00.html

This play was funded by your taxes.

Never in a million years would a simple dance by the girls of Gush Katif be ever allowed to perform at the Habima "National" Theatre, nor would they ever get funding as a right wing arts production.

And the Israeli Left will make sure of that.

mother in israel said...

As far as your argument that the Left sees what it wants to see--you clearly don't believe it yourself. The question is, what did the girls think? Are you trying to say that the comparison was not stated explicitly?

Do I need to spell out the difference between Habima and a high school? What cultural events the government pays for is a different question. Habima is for adults, who may choose or not choose to attend. The play in your post was prepared and performed in a school. We should allow neither the left nor the right have one-sided political doctrine in their schools. To say that they do it anyway is not a good enough reason. Parents can teach their kids what they want about their political views; I don't want it in the schools (but unfortunately I don't have much choice).

mother in israel said...

I meant to say "that the Left do it anyway is not a good reason."

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