My October Berlin Events

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21.10.2016 – On the coming October i will be part of the ID FESTIVAL in Berlin – In “Language Beyond Borders” i will part of a panel looking at the blessings, drawbacks, and interesting consequences associated with working and living in-between languages, where people learn to think and speak outside of their national borders.

Curator & moderator: Dr. Elad Lapidot

Guest speakers: Olga Grjasnowa, Steve Sabella, and me

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Photo: Festival Id Berin 2016

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Photo: Festival Id Berin 2016

Here is the poem i read on the Festival

25.10.2016 “Eine orientalische Liebesgeschichte – Juden und Araber in Berlin.” Shalom-Salaam-Aktivist Armin Langer stellt sein Buch “Ein Jude in Neukölln” vor. Der israelische Schriftsteller Mati Shemoelof liest neue Berliner Gedichte. Dazu gibt es Musik vom “Berlin Oriental Ensemble” mit Hassan Abdul Fadl aus Syrien und Gidi Farhi aus Israel. Leben Araber und Juden nirgendwo so gut miteinander wie in Berlin?

28.10.2016 Join us with a new Poetic Hafla חפלה פואטית اُمسية شعرية !

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 Few words i told The New York Times about Israeli cultural minister Miri Regev מירי רגב : “The danger of the Mizrahi struggle is that it will fall to a place of unjustified hatred, where there’s no grace and no compassion, and where there’s an inability to accept a multiplicity of voices,” says Mati Shemoelof, a Mizrahi writer and editor. And many on the left see an inherent hypocrisy in the gap between Regev’s words and her actions. Ayman Odeh - أيمن عودة, the leader of the Joint List, an alliance of Arab political parties, told me: “You can’t reconcile this seemingly liberal and egalitarian approach with an attack on Arabs, which is what she’s doing.”

Few words i told The New York Times about Israeli cultural minister Miri Regev:

 

“The danger of the Mizrahi struggle is that it will fall to a place of unjustified hatred, where there’s no grace and no compassion, and where there’s an inability to accept a multiplicity of voices,” says Mati Shemoelof, a Mizrahi writer and editor. And many on the left see an inherent hypocrisy in the gap between Regev’s words and her actions. Ayman Odeh – أيمن عودة, the leader of the Joint List, an alliance of Arab political parties, told me: “You can’t reconcile this seemingly liberal and egalitarian approach with an attack on Arabs, which is what she’s doing.”

 

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About Mati Shemoelof

משורר, עורך וסופר. A Writer

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