Tantura and Descendant reckon with troubling elements of Israeli and US history

The prosperous Haifa suburb shows no scars of the massacred prisoners and slain villagers who lived there. That makes Descendant a somewhat neater narrative. There are signs it already has. As one Haifa professor tells Schwarz: “These things do not glitter on the horizon of Israeli public life.” Ex-soldiers, now 90 or older, tell us what Tantura was like first-hand. Aboard the Clotilde were 110 West African captives, smuggled onto US soil in the dark more than 50 years after importing slaves became a crime punishable by death. Descendant is…