RONI MEVORACH contemplates her Jewish identity and her experiences of anti-Semitism in response to Wiley’s recent tweets.   On 24th July, 41-year-old grime artist Wiley shared an onslaught of anti-Semitic tweets in which he used various age-old tropes, such as control over wealth, to target Jewish people. He called them ‘cowards’ and ‘snakes’, and even tried to link them with the Ku Klux Klan. Wiley has around 500,000 followers on Twitter – for context, there are only 300,000 Jewish people in the UK. After much public outrage, Twitter permanently deleted his account five days later, on 29th July.  I have spent most of my teen years detaching myself from my Jewishness, so when I scrolled through tweet upon tweet of Wiley’s anti-Semitic rage, why did I feel so attacked? I have always been adamant that I am not Jewish. While being Israeli is not something I can change about myself, Judaism…Continue Reading

In the Wake of Wiley

MICHAEL BIRD reviews Moran Ifergan’s intensely personal documentary feature Wall, part of Conversations with Women in Film. Intimacy is the key word when describing Moran Ifergan’s Wall; between access to recordings of private phone calls and messages, and footage of a titular monument, Wall brings together the personal and the public in a way that is both unique and eye-opening. Wall is an autobiographical documentary exploring the life of the Israeli director, Moran Ifergan, specifically her relationship with her relatives, and the effects of her divorce on her, her friends and her family. Recordings of her private phone calls and messages are juxtaposed with footage of the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, one of the most holy sites in all of Judaism; thousands of Jews visit daily. The film opens with the recordings of Ifergan’s calls to her husband alongside other conversations, both her own and of others at the wall. The traditional, the…Continue Reading