From Belsen to Gaza: The Promise (2011), British and British-Jewish identity
This article discusses Peter Kosminsky’s miniseries The Promise (2011) and investigates the intense public responses it engendered in Britain. The first part of the article explores how the miniseries takes the lead from the liberation of Belsen to engage with issues of British national self-perception. Drawing on the notion of ‘postimperial melancholia’, the article argues that The Promise explores important issues related to Britain’s past and present, in particular the lasting heritage of Empire. The second part engages with the intense reception of the miniseries among opinion makers and the general public, with many critics seeing The Promise as aimed at delegitimising the State of Israel. In thus doing, the article situates the debate within broader discussions on the supposed relationship between anti-Zionism and “new anti-Semitism”, and more specifically discussion of the role of anti-Zionist Jews. The debate around The Promise is a case study for the exploration of two related controversies. The first one pertains to Jewish/non-Jewish relations, in particular regarding the international role of Israel in the twenty-first century. The second one is more specifically infra-Jewish and revolves around the issue of which subjects are legitimate to speak out as Jews and in the name of which values.
Main Topic: Other Television Zionism Anti-Zionism Representation Attitudes to Israel Attitudes to Jews Jewish - Non - Jewish Relations Conflict
Da Belsen a Gaza: The Promise e l’identità nazionale britannica (Other language version)
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From Belsen to Gaza: The Promise (2011), British and British-Jewish identity. 2018: https://archive.jpr.org.uk/10.1080/14725886.2018.1537214