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Taybeh Beer Festival: the specter of creeping normalization?

Alex Stein, a British oleh* in Israel who has contributed to Harry’s Place, was interviewed in an NPR report on the annual Beer Festival in the West Bank town of Taybeh.


Note especially the incendiary hip-hop song at the end.

*Immigrant

Update: In somewhat related news, the Associated Press reports from Gaza:

Palestinian fans of the wildly popular football club Barcelona defiantly turned out Sunday evening to cheer it on against Real Madrid, ignoring a call by their Islamic militant rulers and local activists for a boycott after the team accidently waded into Mideast politics by inviting a former Israeli captive to the archrivals’ Clasico showdown.

Some Palestinians cried foul after Barcelona gave a complimentary ticket to Gilad Schalit to attend Sunday’s match in Camp Nou, the team’s home stadium. Schalit was seized by militants loyal to Gaza’s ruling Hamas movement in 2006 and exchanged for over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners last year, many of whom were involved in deadly attacks.

In cheering on Barcelona despite the invitation, fans revealed the limits of a Palestinian boycott movement seeking to isolate Israel – and revealed the extent of Palestinian adoration for Barcelona, particularly in the coastal sliver of the Gaza Strip, ruled by Hamas, where there are few outlets for entertainment.