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Workshop Facilitation

Beyond Polarized Kvetching - FB event im

Ottawa, ON | Oct 29, 2020 | Or Haneshamah Synagogue

Toronto, ON |  Nov 20, 2017 | Winchevsky Centre


Have you felt overwhelmed by polarized worldviews on Israel and Palestine within your family or community? Do you feel like most of your communication on the issue devolves into a set of monologues, rather than heartfelt dialogue? This online workshop aims to help you practice effective communicate in polarized contexts. We will practice communication tools, including, paraphrasing, asking questions of curiosity, and sharing personal stories.

Emily Green is a queer, Jewish activist who is always seeking ways to challenge the status quo and build communities. She understands dialogue as one handy tool in her proverbial social change toolbox. Emily would love to [virtually] meet you, and to help you in your journey with communicating across polarized divides.

Lia Tarachansky is a is a Russian-Israeli journalist, filmmaker, and doctoral candidate. She is the former correspondent in Israel/Palestine for The Real News Network and is a documentary director with Naretiv Productions. Lia is currently a PhD student in the Cinema and Media Studies Department at York University.


Montreal, Quebec | Feb 21, 2017 | McGill University

Ottawa, Ontario | Feb 24, 2017 | University of Ottawa. 

London, Ontario | March 2, 2017 | King's University College

Kingston, Ontario | March 21, 2017 | Queen's University

Oshawa, Ontario | March 29, 2017 | University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Toronto, Ontario | May 11, 2017 | Morris Winchevsky Centre

Winnipeg, MB | Sept 9, 2017 | UNJPPI

Halifax, NS |  Sep 26, 2017 | Dalhousie University

Hamilton, Ontario | Nov 7, 2017 | McMaster University

Helsinki, Finland | Nov 28, 2017 | Helsingin yliopisto

In 1995 renown Italian novelist and philosopher Umberto Eco published a historic article in the New York Review of Books. As a child growing up in Fascist Italy, Eco outlined the fourteen features of what he called Ur-Fascism, or Eternal Fascism.


These are warning signs for any society slipping down the oft-invisible slope towards totalitarianism.  In the age of Donald Trump, Marie Le Pen, Norbert Hofer, and Geert Wilders, his words resonate with an especially urgent alarm.  Since the election of Benjamin Netanyahu, the longest to serve in power of the alt-right populist politicians to sweep the polls, the Israeli government set out on a campaign of incitement against minorities and dissidents, amplified its persecution of political leaders, and expanded its police-state from the occupied Palestinian Territories to all who question government policy.


These moves all come at the heels of a wave of anti-democratic law proposals aimed at criminalizing dissent and expanding Israeli colonialism.  In an upcoming tour across Canada , Israeli journalist-filmmaker Lia Tarachansky uses Eco's framework to show how these alarming trends led her society to slide down the slippery slope towards Ur-Fascism and how some are fighting to democratize Israel/Palestine.  

To organize a stop for Lia's tour in your city, please contact info @ naretivproductions . com 

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