Direct Contact With Arabs

Translation / Interpretation / Caption Text

Russian translation:

(Israeli soldier) We are for direct contact with Arabs   Curator's note: This caption appears to be a darkly euphemistic use of the term "direct contact" which was a central slogan in the Palestine Liberation Organization's political campaign to get the government of Israel to engage with the Palestinians "directly" during the 1970's and 1980's. The inference is that the soldier has just executed the two figures laying on the ground in the background and he is now about to have more "direct contact with Arabs", by bayonetting or shooting the Palestinian man in the foreground.   (Caption in lower right corner) Everyone remembers the cursed years when the fascists (Nazis) were in power, but in Tel-Aviv it's like they've forgotten how that aggression ended up   _________________________________  

Translation courtesy of Colleen Wood