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The Rise of Fascism: Israel in the Age of Trump

Thursday, May 11, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

| $10

Hosted by Independent Jewish Voices Canada and UJPO / Winchevsky Centre

Venue: UJPO / Winchevsky Centre, 585 Cranbrooke Avenue, Toronto, M6A 2X9

In 1995, renowned Italian novelist and philosopher Umberto Eco published an historic article in the New York Review of Books. As a child growing up in fascist Italy, Eco outlined the fourteen features of what he called Ur-Fascism, or Eternal Fascism. These are warning signs for any society slipping down the oft-invisible slope towards totalitarianism.

In the age of Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen, Norbert Hofer and Geert Wilders, his words resonate with an especially urgent alarm. Of all the alt-right populist politicians to appear in recent years, the one who has actually held power for the longest is Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu. Since his election, the Israeli government has carried out a campaign of incitement against minorities and dissidents, amplified its persecution of political leaders, and expanded its police-state in the occupied Palestinian Territories to include all who question government policy. These moves come on the heels of a wave of anti-democratic law proposals aimed at criminalizing dissent and colonizing ever more Palestinian land.

Israeli journalist-filmmaker Lia Tarachansky uses Eco’s framework to show how these alarming trends are pulling her society down the slippery slope of Ur-Fascism, while also highlighting those who continue to fight to democratize Israel/Palestine.

Co-sponsored by Independent Jewish Voices Toronto and United Jewish People’s Order Toronto.

$10 or Pay-What-You-Can

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