'We Were Raised to Feel Shame': The Arab Lawmaker Challenging Israel's Old Politics

Criticized by right-wing Israelis and left-wing Arabs (among others), Ibtisam Mara’ana makes no apologies for serving as a Labor MK or for her bold vision for a joint society where Jews and Arabs are equal

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Ibtisam Mara'ana.
Ibtisam Mara'ana.Credit: Meged Gozani
David Green
David B. Green
David Green
David B. Green

In her first documentary film, 2003’s “Paradise Lost,” Ibtisam Mara’ana set out to uncover the story of Suaad Genem, a woman from her coastal hometown, Fureidis, who in 1979 had been arrested on vague security charges and imprisoned. At the same time, the director attempted to learn more about the recent history of her hometown, which was one of the few Arab villages in the area to remain intact after the Israeli War of Independence in 1948.

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