For Jews From Arab Lands, Nostalgia Is a Two-way Street

What does being an Arab Jew mean? Israeli film and music increasingly embrace explorations of the Jewish Arab diaspora's cultural roots.

In May 2007, Jerusalem’s Ben Zvi Institute for the Study of Jewish Communities in the East held a conference called “Jews, Arabs — and the Hyphen Separating Them: The Controversy on Eastern Jewish Identity.” It was incredible to see how much emotion and aggression one little hyphen was capable of releasing — a hyphen that supposedly created some sort of forbidden...