An online discussion of the award-winning film, “Incitement”, which chronicles the true events leading to the murder of Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin. Acclaimed director and co-writer Yaron Zilberman and Professor Yoram Peri, author of “The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin” (Stanford University Press) and a former political advisor to Prime Minister Rabin, will discuss the events depicted, their underlying causes and their meanings for today.
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About the Program
Marking the 25th anniversary of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin on November 4, 1995, the MGSDII in partnership with UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center is honored to present a discussion of the film Incitement with the director and co-writer, Yaron Zilberman and Professor Yoram Peri, the Abraham S. and Jack Kay Chair in Israel Studies and Director of the Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies, University of Maryland at College Park.
Incitement won the Israeli Film Academy Award, the Ophir Prize, for best picture 2019 and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. A Vimeo link to watch the film on your own will be provided a few days prior to the event (limited to first 400 registrants).
In September 1993, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin announces the Oslo Accords, which aim to achieve a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians after decades of violence. Yigal Amir, a law student and a devoted Orthodox Jew, cannot believe that his country’s leader will cede territory that he and many others believe is rightfully – by the word of God – theirs.
As the prospect of a peaceful compromise approaches, Amir turns from a hot-headed political activist to a dangerous extremist, consumed by anger and delusions of grandeur. He soon learns of an ancient Jewish law, the Law of the Pursuer, that he believes gives him the right to murder Yitzhak Rabin. Convinced he must stop the signing of the peace treaty in order to fulfill his destiny and bring salvation to his people, Amir’s warped mind sees only one way forward.
“A chilling portrait of how fanaticism can grow and be enabled…” Los Angeles Times
About the Director
Yaron Zilberman is currently in post-production on an eight-episode drama series, Valley of Tears about the 1973 Yom Kippur war. His film Incitement about the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin won the Israeli Film Academy Award, the Ophir Prize, for best picture 2019 and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Yaron also directed, co-wrote, and produced his internationally acclaimed A Late Quartet about a world-renowned New York based string quartet as its members struggle to stay together on the eve of their 25th anniversary, starring Academy Award Winners Philip Seymour Hoffman and Christopher Walken. The film premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. Yaron’s first film, the award winning feature length documentary Watermarks was co-produced with HBO and ARTE. It tells the story of the champion women swimmers of the esteemed Jewish sports club Hakoah Vienna, as they reunite in their 80s to swim together one more time in the city they were forced to escape 65 years earlier.
About the Discussant
Professor Yoram Peri is the Abraham S. and Jack Kay Chair in Israel Studies, and Director of the Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies, the University of Maryland at College Park. A former political advisor to the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, founder and former head of Chaim Herzog Institute for Media, Politics and Society and professor of Political Sociology and Communication in the department of communication at Tel Aviv University, and former Editor-in-chief of the Israeli daily, Davar. Professor Peri published extensively on Israeli society, media and politics. Among his publications are Generals in the Cabinet Room (U.S. Institute of Peace Press), The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin (Stanford University Press), and Between Battles and Ballots: Israel Military in Politics (Cambridge University Press).In addition to his academic career, Peri was a journalist and is a political commentator. He published extensively in newspapers and magazines in and outside Israel, and also was an editor and host of TV and radio programs. During Golda Meir’s term as Prime Minister, he was the spokesperson for the Israel Labor Party and its special emissary to Europe. Among his various public positions, Professor Peri was president of the Association of the editors of Israel’s Daily Newspapers and a member of the Press Council.
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