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      Recounting Memories of Resistance in 33 Days

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      Arab Studies Quarterly
      Pluto Journals
      July 2006 War, Lebanon, Israel, cinema, resistance, memory
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            In this article, I examine the only entirely fictional film made so far about Israel's July 2006 war on Lebanon: the Lebanese-Iranian film 33 Days (2012). I demonstrate how this cinematic intervention, centered on the real-life Battle of Aita al-Shaab, provides a counter-hegemonic narrative to the mostly Western and largely orientalist views not only of this war but of the history of conflict between two opposed political imaginaries: the Israeli on the one hand and the discourse of resistance on the other. I argue that the film's featuring a web of different types of intersecting memories—personal and collective, traumatic and inherited (post-memories)—of both Lebanese and Israeli characters is instrumental for (re)defining resistance as an ongoing project with both a historical trajectory and an eye to the future of Arab-Israeli armed conflict. While memories are used to recount parts of the (hi)story of combat against Israeli offensives, they also force Israeli commanders to recount, i.e., to recalculate, their own tactics and strategies as they encounter an unwavering and surprising opponent.

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            Journal
            10.13169
            arabstudquar
            Arab Studies Quarterly
            Pluto Journals
            02713519
            20436920
            Spring 2016
            : 38
            : 2
            : 481-499
            Article
            arabstudquar.38.2.0481
            10.13169/arabstudquar.38.2.0481
            bb258220-483c-4379-b1bc-93db97fc3479
            © 2016 The Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

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            Social & Behavioral Sciences
            Israel,memory,resistance,cinema,Lebanon,July 2006 War

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