Dir. Jonathan Gruber | 87 min
EnglishHebrewArabic with English subtitles
Imprisoned by the Soviets. Orphaned by the Holocaust. Elected Prime Minister. Crowned peacemaker by the Nobel Prize Committee. Haunted by the Lebanon War. Menachem Begin was a pillar of the State of Israel and a tireless fighter for the Jewish people. He was, at the same time, a controversial leader.
Whether he was challenging the British, founding the Likud political party or fighting to end bigotry against Middle Eastern and African Jews in Israeli society, his dedication to his country and his people was boundless. Still, that unwavering commitment could bear untoward consequences. In 1948, as Israel fought for its life as a nation, his role in the Altalena Affair and Deir Yassin haunted him until the day he died.
As Prime Minister of Israel, he made a historic peace deal with Egypt, and gave the go-ahead to bomb Saddam Hussein’s Osirak nuclear reactor. His life is a nuanced and complicated canvas that tells the story of key events and currents in the history of modern Israel and its relationship to its Middle East neighbors. The recent ground-breaking peace agreements between Israel, and the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco make this a propitious time to look back at Begin’s achievements and consider them in a new light.
Following the screening, join us for a discussion with Upheaval director Jonathan Gruber and Senior Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Ghaith al-Omari. The evening will be moderated by Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen Director of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Program at the United States Institute For Peace.
Special presentation on the occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
In partnership with:
SHIN-DC: Sephardic Heritage in DC
Embassy of Germany Washington
Embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to the United States
Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Washington DC
Thursday, January 277:30 PM Cafritz Hall