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Madrid Before Hanita: Film screening and discussion

October 19 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm EDT

In our continuing collaboration with Amir Locker-Biletzki, IJV Canada invites you to the second instalment in the series of films directed by Eran Torbiner, illustrating different facets of the Jewish internationalist movement. October 19th: Madrid Before Hanita: The Non-Jewish Jews, 7 – 9 pm ET

This 2006 documentary looks at the complex and rarely-heard story of 300 Jews from pre-Israel Palestine who departed to fight fascism and joined the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War from 1936 to 1939.The film tells many stories of the Palestine volunteers and follows them into the aftermath of 1948, when the veterans of the International Brigades were primarily marginalized in the newly founded state of Israel.Mostly members of the Communist Party and anti-Zionists, they were not part of the Israeli narrative on the armed resistance to fascism. When in the 1980s, they were finally accepted into the Israeli pantheon of heroism, their internationalist solidarity with the anti-fascist struggle was sidelined for the sake of emphasizing Jewish national motifs instead.The film honours their heritage and brings to light one place where the legacy of the internationalist brigadistas was preserved, the Communist left in Israel that commemorated the veterans of the Spanish Civil War for what they were, anti-fascist internationalists. No Pasaran! הם לא יעברו