Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Confronting Orientalism and Anti-Semitism: Salloum's "Planet of the Arabs" and Two Videos on Anti-Semitism

For my Israeli and Palestinian Literatures class, I begin with eliciting anonymously the various images and stereotypes that float around in our culture about Jews and Muslims, Arabs, Palestinians and Israelis. The list is always interesting, and sometimes downright shocking. This video is one of the bruising inoculations that we take in order to confront our culture's relentlessly Orientalist representations.

This video deals with historical anti-Semitism:

And present-day anti-Semitism: