Midstream

Magazine focusing on Jewish cultural, social, and political affairs.

Articles from Vol. 52, No. 3, May-June

Ana B'Kho'ah: In Memory of the Poet Amir Gilbo'a
My own first collection of poetry, Hushaniya The Mosque, came out after the Yom Kippur War. (1) My poem "Ana B'Kho'ah," which had appeared some months earlier in a newspaper literary supplement, was a peculiar poem whose words erupted from unknown...
Did It Really Hang on One Vote? the Resolution Establishing the State of Israel
On November 29, 1947, a dramatic U.N. vote determined the partition of Palestine into two independent states, and the internationalization of Jerusalem. The Arabs made it clear that they would declare war immediately upon the creation of a Jewish state....
Double Standard against Terrorism
The Palestinian film Paradise Now which describes in an understanding way the lives of two Palestinian terrorists won an important prize at the International Film Festival of Berlin last year. It subsequently received many awards from other festivals....
Is the World Too Much with Us?
At the age of seven, Aharon Appelfeld, beloved and only child of secular Jewish parents, finds himself, after a forced march across the Ukrainian Steppes, in the labor camp of Karlschund. The seven-year-old has been clinging to his father's hand throughout...
Much Ado about Munich
Munich, Steven Spielberg's latest film has stirred up surprising contention. Like Schindlers List 1993), Spielbergs highly regarded Holocaust film and the impressive video archive of Holocaust testimonies he has amassed, Munich seems on the surface...
Shavuot in Baghdad in 1941 (the Farhod)
On June 2, and 3, 1941 a pro Nazi pogrom (farhod) was perpetrated against the Jewish community of Baghdad with 900 Jews killed, thousands injured, and millions of dollars in property looted, burned, or destroyed. Many of the dead were not identified,...
The 17th Knesset Elections, 2006
The 17th Knesset elections took place following a series of political events dramatic even by Israeli standards. The Gaza Disengagement Plan brought a new strategic concept of unilateralism to the forefront of Israeli policy thinking. The political...
The New Anti-Zionism and the Old Antisemitism: Transformations
I. INTRODUCTION: THREE THREATS TO JEWISH EXISTENCE In his "Letter to Yemen" (1), Maimonides (1135-1204) describes three types of Judeophobia, that is, fear of and antipathy towards the Jews and Judaism. In his analysis, Judeophobia is characterized...
Thoughts on an Untranslatable Hebrew Poem in Memory of Reuven Ben-Yosef
Poetry, it is often said, is what gets lost in translation. In reply it is sometimes pointed out that what is greatest--the Bible, Shakespeare--"goes over" in translation and powerfully affects readers in the target languages (although, as the sages...
Yehoshua Sobol: A Theater in the Prophetic Mode
Item. April 2001. The Haifa Municipal Theater stages the premiere of leading Israeli playwright Joshua Sobol's new play Neshef Massekhot (A Masked Ball). The play, for all its automotive symbolism--having to do with metaphorical gridlock--demonstrates...