Israeli Literature with Rachel - Shared screen with speaker view
I know this is a work of fiction and so Emuna Elon can introduce whatever she wants to into the story. But it is interesting to wonder how Intisar got into the settlement. That is totally unrealistic. She would not have been able to pass through the gate at the entrance.
Here's where the poem (her smile and control) shifts the power relationship on a personal level..
as to “what would you have done,” esp. in Holocaust context, cf. Nathan Englander’s short story, What We Talk About When We Talk about Anne Frank. In New Yorker and in book of same title.
The "wall" didn't exist then.
Are there any possible allusions to the "cities of refuge" in the Bible here?
So is the Jihad/Shabab the Abraham in this metaphor?
But here Sarit did not throw Adnan out of the house in this story...
is the bread knife a reference to the machelet/knife in the akeda?
Sarit only needed her when she got into the new house..before that she was living in a trailer.
What is the relevance of the breadknife - if it refers back to the Akedah story
Sarit (the Jews) comes out looking so much better at the end than the image of Sarah in the Bible
Intisar also is in a very awkward position--she can only shout in neutral territory because he could be accused as well of not being trustworthy--perhaps in both communities.
Interesting the comment about her scratching her face. In the Tanach, that is something forbidden to Jews in mourning - it was a custom of the Cnnaanites
But doesn't the story end up as a commentary about the Arab culture in (compared with Abraham not sacrificing Issac) killing--and with a Holocaust reference "burning"--Adnan?
what age approx is emunah
She was born in 1955...
So depends on when the story was written/published...
And if you can give us any background on the use of pidgeons in the war of independence that would be interesting...
Thank you again
thank you and good night
Thanks so much for a most provocative discussion
Thank you to everyone for such deep, provocative questions. Such a great group!