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In Spitting Distance

Taher Najib

In Spitting Distance is a highly charged one-hour dramatic reading by the author himself. The storyline revolves around the experience of an Arab man, carrying an Israeli passport, who tries to fly to Tel Aviv from Paris on the unfortunate date of September 11th, 2003. This farcical circumstance interweaves the reality of barefaced post-9/11 racism with the narrative of a Palestinian man living in Israel who has made the decision to leave his Parisian lover and return to his homeland because if he is too removed from the terror, he fears he will no longer understand it. He must pay his ‘personal debt to the chaos.’  We learn of the difficulty of a Palestinian who has undergone Intifadas, survived bombs, death and ceaseless colonialism, and who must now endure undisguised discrimination as well. But perhaps worst of all is the question of what a homeland can be if it is has been consistently and violently jerked out from under one by countless invaders. In Spitting Distance is an honourable, personal examination of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that manages to move and provoke without descending into polemical sermonising.