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  • Directed by: Ron Ofer, Dr. Yohai Hakak Rating: TV-PG
    Release Date: 2009 Running Time: 50 min
    Language: Hebrew with English subtitles Genre: Documentary
    Category: Israel    


    As a child, Shmuel-Haim Pappenhym would cover his eyes during Independence Day fireworks, so as not to participate in Zionist celebrations. Today, he organizes mass demonstrations against the State, and is the editor of an influential magazine of the Jewish extreme sect known for not recognizing the State of Israel.

    In contrast, ultra-Orthodox parliament member, Rabbi Avraham Ravitz, serves in the Israeli Army, and has been involved in mainstream politics for many years. A map of the world hangs in the Ravitz kitchen for their twelve children and eighty grandchildren to readily indicate the precise location of Mozambique or Ottawa at any given time. Ravitz dances in the streets on Israel’s first Independence Day, yet secular modern-day Israel makes him want to cry.

    As national election day approaches, Ravitz anxiously tallies his party’s projected parliament seats. Conversely, Pappenhym rallies in the number of voter abstentions. For Pappenhym, participation in Zionist elections is a grave sin. Pappenhym organizes demonstrations, where the announcer boldly declares, “Zionists are not Jews,” to the audience’s overpowering response, “Gevald!” (Disaster!).





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