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By Tim Jon Semmerling

Searing pictures of suicide bombings and retaliatory moves now outline the Israeli-Palestinian clash for lots of Westerners, yet tv and print media usually are not the single visible nation-states within which the clash is enjoying out. Even vacationer postcards and greeting playing cards were pressed into provider as automobiles during which Israelis and Palestinians current competing visions of nationwide selfhood and conflicting claims to their universal homeland.

In this booklet, Tim Jon Semmerling explores how Israelis and Palestinians have lately used postcards and greeting playing cards to provide pictures of the nationwide self, to construct nationwide understanding and toughen nationalist ideologies, and to achieve overseas recognition. He discusses and screens the works of diverse postcard/greeting card brands, artists, and photographers and identifies the symbolic offerings of their postcards, how the alternatives are prepared into messages, what the messages express and to whom, and who merits and loses in those shows of nationwide self. Semmerling convincingly demonstrates that, faraway from being ephemeral, Israeli and Palestinian postcards represent a big area of fight over visible indicators and the facility to supply reality.

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