Breaking Down the Wall, 2 November – Programme

South African Jewish for a Just Peace (JVJP) and Constitution Hill presents Breaking Down the Wall on Sunday 2nd November 2014. It will be a day of live music, art, theatre, film and talks about our concern over human rights violations and the continuing military occupation of Palestinian territory in the West Bank and Gaza.



11:30-12pm: Highlight Tour of Women’s Gaol
12pm -12:15: Opening: Deep Fried Man
12:15- 12:45: Kate Liquorish – ‘My Name is Rachel Corrie’
12:45- 13:15: Steven Friedman- ‘Israel & Jewish Ethics’
Lunch Break


14:00-15:00 Ran Greenstein –‘Five Easy Steps’ to understand the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
15:15-16:15 Drama for Life Playback Theatre
16:00 -16:30: Tea
16:30 -16:45 Deep Fried Man
18:00-19:00 Deep Democracy Dialogue


14:00 – 15:00: The Jew-ish Question Documentary and Q & A with Tymon Smith
15:15-15:45: Muscle Jew at the Voortrekker Monument, Muscle Jew and the Miners, Video performances works and talk with Myer Taub
16:00-16:30: Tea
17:00-18:00 Reflection in Action

Art Exhibition, the Ramparts, Old Fort, Constitution Hill

Zapiro,  Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, The Essop Brothers, Haroon Gunn-Salie, Jenny Marcus, Zapiro , Suzy Bernstein, Ruth Katz.
The art exhibition will launch on the 2nd of November and runs until the 12th of November 2014 at the Ramparts, Old Fort, Constitution Hill.

PROGRAMME INFORMATION  (Download Biographies for participants of Breaking down the wall)

My Name is Rachel Corrie
On 16 March 2003, Rachel Corrie, a twenty-­three year- old American, was crushed to death by an Israeli Army bulldozer in Gaza as she was trying to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian home. After her death, letters that Rachel had written home were published in the Guardian Newspaper. When Alan Rickman read them, he was struck by the power of her writing and the dramatic potential of the work. Here was a story that the world needed to hear, told so eloquently and poignantly, in the words of the victim herself.
My Name Is Rachel Corrie is a one-woman play composed from Rachel’s own journals, letters and e-mails, creating a portrait of a “messy, articulate, Salvador Dali-loving chain-smoker with a passion for the music of Pat Benatar.”
My Name is Rachel Corrie is currently showing at the Market Theatre
28 October – 23 November 2014

Israel and Jewish Ethics
Steven Friedman will interrogate what Jewish ethics are and what relationship they may have to the state of Israel.

Ran Greenstein
 ‘Five easy steps’ to understand the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: a brief survey of key dates/developments, highlighting key dates involving an important shift in the relations between people, and added a new dimension to the evolving conflict.

The Jew-ish Question
Tymon Smith He spent 7 years working on The Jew-ish Question a documentary examining South African Jewish identity and history told through the eyes of three generations of his family, which was broadcast on SABC 1 in 2012.

Myer Taub
The telematic performances created by the collective Against Jealousy of “Muscle Jew and The Voortrekker Monument”(2012) and “Muscle Jew and The Miners”(2013) and performed by Myer Taub are consciously articulated engagements with a careful yet provocative study into the relationship between otherness and authority. Muscle Jew is a video-ed, archived, performance-character whose performative subversions of his own histories include: a whimsical homage to comedy and buffoonery; a reflexive interrogation of the self upon the landscape of history and exposure of the historical trope, monument or memorial.
The origin of the term Muscle jews or Muskeljudentum emerged as an appeal for the regeneration of European Jewry at the end of the nineteenth century, (emerging in the aftermath of the trial of Alfred Dreyfus in France).

Drama for Life Playback Theatre
Playback Theatre is an improvisational form of theatre based on the personal stories of audience members. In the course of a performance, a series of stories are spontaneously shared by volunteer tellers. Each story is then paired with a dramatic enactment inspired by the particular text, mood and images inherent in the ‘just-told’ narrative. Audience members will get an opportunity to share their stories around the Israel/Palestine, their relationship to it how it’s effected a diversity of people.

Deep Democracy Dialogue
The mass and social media reporting on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict tends to force us to choose sides. And unwittingly our discussions maybe adding to the sides becoming more and more polarised. You are invited to a facilitated dialogue where you will not be forced to take a side, but be allowed to air your views and concerns. Hopefully through this dialogue we can find a place to share our feelings, be supportive to one another in relation to this horrific situation and possibly explore what we can do to help, instead of becoming embroiled in the conflict.

Reflection in Action
A dynamic reflective workshop using Image Theatre and Drama Therapy tools to reflect on and integrate moments of your ‘Breaking Down the Wall’ experience. This workshop will provide a creative and contained space to explore some of your experiences and engage in dynamic, multimodal dialogue.

A series of cartoons through the years speaking to the Israel /Palestine Conflict

The Essop Brothers
In a new body of work, Hasan and Husain Essop explore the notion of memory, specifically in relation to the history and practice of religion. In a series of 360º panoramic photographs, each consisting of hundreds of individual photographs meticulously stitched together, they explore the history of various landscapes, searching for the memory of what came before and examining its effects on the captured moment.

Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin
Everything that happened happened here first, in rehearsal. The invasion of Beirut, the first and second Intifada, the Gaza withdrawal, the Battle of Falluja; almost every one of Israel’s major military tactics in the Middle East over the past three decades was performed in advance here in Chicago, an artificial but realistic Arab town built by the Israeli Defence Force for urban combat training.(Selected work from the Chicago Series).

Hasoon Gunn-Salie
Haroon Gunn-Salie will exhibit an edition of the work Kom oor die See, which will be presented both as part of Surfacing and by the City of Cape Town for the public art project Art54. The latter incarnation is to be installed for six months in 2014, from March to August. It is during this period that Ramadan and the mass gathering of the sighting of the new moon take place. This edition of the artwork is site-specific, marking the space where, for generations, Muslims in the Cape have congregated for the sighting of the new moon, marking the end of Ramadan each year.
Kom oor die See makes use of lyrics from a popular Kaapse-klopse and slave song Die Alibama. The lyrics describe The Alabama, a Confederate American naval ship’s visit to Cape Town in 1863. In his appropriation of these lyrics, Gunn Salie refers to the South African identity of Diaspora – defined by a history of colonialism and slavery. The edition of Kom oor die See presented as part of Surfacing, is detached from the site specific nature of the Art54 commission, inferring both displacement and relocation, as well as the loss implicit in the process of becoming.

Steven Sack
‘Gaza Blew up in my Face’ a photographic series.

Jenny Marcus

Suzy Bernstein
A series of four framed egg shells speaking to our fragility.