"The Unorthodox" by director Eliran Malka. Yaron Scharf / Lev Cinemas

How Religion and Identity Politics Were Harnessed to Create an Unstoppable Political Force in Israel

'The Unorthodox,' which opens this year’s Jerusalem Film Festival, looks at the birth of Shas – the religious party that is a political kingmaker and the swing vote on any peace deal

Identity politics and religion take center stage in “The Unorthodox,” the opening film at this year’s Jerusalem Film Festival. Viewers are transported back to the 1980s when a political movement known as Shas...

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