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Israeli Film Screening: Nelson’s Last Stand

Hosted By: Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies at Columbia University

Nelson’s Last Stand, a “Best Israeli Film” nominee at the 2021 DocAviv Film Festivals, is a fascinating exploration of a little-known piece of Israeli history, with abundant archival footage to bring us back to the freewheeling 1970s. When Israel gained control of the Sinai in the 1967 Six-Day War, vacationers and adventurers came in droves. Few were as committed as Rafi Nelson, an eccentric, bearded bohemian who set up a beach resort village in Taba that flourished in the 1970s as an anything-goes getaway for average Israelis, international celebrities, and quite a few Members of the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament). The 1978 Camp David Accords signaled a new era of peace between Israel and Egypt, but for Rafi Nelson, they marked the beginning of a decades-long campaign to keep his beach village and the surrounding area inside Israel’s borders. (81 minutes)

You will receive an email with a link to watch the film at home on Friday, August 4th. This link will only be available until our Zoom Q&A session on Monday, August 7th at 12:00pm EDT with Israeli journalist and historian Gershom Gorenberg. You will receive a separate email with the Zoom link for the Q&A several days before the event.

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