Jo-Ann Mort


Beloved Israeli Director Shemi Zarhin Tries His Hand at Fiction

By Jo-Ann Mort

Beloved Israeli Director Shemi Zarhin Tries His Hand at Fiction
Shemi Zarhin is best known for his films. With “Some Day,” set among the working class people of Tiberias, he makes a memorable transition into novel writing.Read More


Babs Plays the Holy Land

By Jo-Ann Mort

Babs Plays the Holy Land
It was Barbra Streisand’s 100th performance in 50 years and the first time she performed in Israel—and most likely her last—when she took to the stage inside Tel Aviv’s Bloomfield stadium last Saturday night. The 71- year-old doesn’t like performing, she revealed, while explaining the presence of a giant teleprompter which broadcasted both lyrics and stage cues for all to see. “I performed in Central Park in 1967 and forgot the words to three songs, so I didn’t sing again for 30 years until I realized that a teleprompter would work, but hopefully you will look at me,” she explained with grace and humor to 14,000 very-accepting fans. I don’t think any of us had any trouble looking at her.Read More


On the Verge of a Nation's Breakdown

By Jo-Ann Mort

On the Verge of a Nation's Breakdown
Samar Yazbek’s memoir is a diary of the first 100 days of the Syrian uprising. It’s an urgent and graphic chronicle of a people’s urge to fight for freedom.Read More


Zionism and Its Discontents

By Jo-Ann Mort

Zionism and Its Discontents
In her newest book, University of California Professor Judith Butler makes the case for a Jewish critique of Zionism. Jo-Ann Mort isn’t impressed with the argument.Read More


The Dishonesty of Park Slope Coop's BDS Debate

By Jo-Ann Mort

The Dishonesty of Park Slope Coop's BDS Debate
While I am not a member of the Park Slope Food Coop, I can’t help but be pulled into the controversy surrounding a prized neighborhood institution as it debates whether or not to take a position on boycotting Israeli food products. The coop will vote on March 27th on whether or not to hold a referendum for the coop to join the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction movement. What I don’t understand is: What is the goal of the organizers of this effort? If their goal is to end Israel’s occupation and create a Palestinian state side by side with Israel, then this is the wrong way to go about it. If the goal is delegitimize Israel’s right to exist as a sovereign state, then full speed ahead.Read More






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