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Israel has never had a homogenous political culture. Thoughts its short, brutal history, the country has been characterized by severe factionalization, both on the right and the left, between the religious and the secular, and Jews of European and Middle Eastern descents. Nevertheless, after 54 years of unrelenting violence, it would be easy to imagine that Israelis would have had every ounce of individuality drained out of them; particularly at the present historical juncture, as the country struggles to survive a devastating colonial war, random suicide bombing, and a radically incompetent series of governments run by paranoid generals, 19th century nationalist ideologues, and Sephardic rabbis who see the European holocaust as God punishing Jews for their sins.

 

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Yet because the country is run by such a colourful collection of symptomatic wing nuts, Israel has evolved a remarkably sophisticated leftist counterculture that could offer the outside world a vital sign of democratic life in a country that has come to epitomize the 21st century’s first theocratic police state. Editor David Massey chronicles that counterculture in it’s All Lies: Leaflets, Underground Press and posters the fusion of resistance and creativity in Israel (Oversized ring bound hardcover), a thoughtfully assembled anthology of Yippie, anarchist, and anarcho-punk pamphlets, flyers, posters, and zine covers that span the period between the Six Day War in 1967 and the onset of the Al-Aksa Intifada in 2000. Moving from Freak Brother style cartoons satirizing Israeli social mores to Crass- inspired collages of a naked Yasser Arafat and former Prime Minister Yitzhk Shamir in homoerotic embrace. It’s All Lies documents a remarkable diversity of creative criticism of everything that has ever constituted an israel sacred cow; enforced military conscription, the occupation, police brutality, racism, militarism, patriotism, religion, the state and even compulsive heterosexuality. it’s almost as though you were reading a monograph of Weimar-era Berlin transplanted to the miserable shores of the fin de siecle Holy Land. Laid out in a beautiful coffee table book formant, It’s All Lies also includes a terrific CD-ROM that contains both the completion of extremely well chosen Israeli hardcore bands like the legendary Nekhi Naatza and Deir Yassin, and a terrific little QuickTime film about young Isralei punks running around downtown Tel-Aviv waving black anarchist flags, renaming street signs and getting busted by cops.

 

If you ever wondered whether your only choices for consuming Israel were limited designer encryption software and psy-trance bands like Infected Mushorrm, It’s All Lies is your only way out. Move over, Gilman St-make way for Tel-Aviv.

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Yet because the country is run by such a colorful collection of symptomatic wingnuts, Israel has evolved a remarkably sophisticated leftist counterculture that could offer the ourside world a vital sign of democratic life in a country that has come to epitomize the 21st centruy’s first theocratic police state. Editor David Massey Chronicls that counterculuture in it’s All Lies: Leaflets, Underfound Press and posters the fusion of resistance and creativity in Israel (Oversized ringbound hardcover), a thoughtfully assembled anthology of Yippie, anarchist, and anarcho-punk pamphlets, flyers, posters, and zine covers that span the period between the Six Day War in 1967 and the onset of the Al-Aksa Intifada in 2000. Moving from Freak Brother sytle cartoons satirizing Israeli socil mores to Crass-inspierd collages of anaked Yasser Aragat and former Prime Minister Yitzhk Shamir in homoerotic embrace. It’s All Lies documents a remarkable diversity of creative criticism of everything that has ever constituted an israel sacred cow; enforced military conscription, the occupation, police brutality, racism, militarism, patriotism, religion, the state and even compulsive heterosexuality. it’s almost as though you were reading a monograph of Weimar-era Berlin transplanted to the miserable shores of the fin de siecle Holy Land. Laid out in a beautiful coffee table book formant, It’s All Lies also includes aterrific CD-ROM that contains both the complition of extremely well chosen Israeli hardcore bands like the legendary Nekhi Naatza and Deir Yassin, and a terrific little QuickTime film about young Isralei punks running around downtown Tel-Aviv waving black anarchist glags, renaming street signs and getting busted by cops.

If you ever wonderd whetere your only choices foe consuming Israel were limited designer ecrypiton softwar and psy-trance bands like Infected Mushorrm, It’s All Lies is your only way out. Move over, Gilman St-make way for Tel-Aviv.

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