Israel and Palestine - Out of the Ashes: The Search for by Marc H. Ellis

By Marc H. Ellis

As the realm watches with horror the unfolding occasions in Palestine and Israel, Marc Ellis, a Jewish American pupil, examines what he sees as a hindrance element in Jewish id. during this e-book, Ellis bargains a imaginative and prescient of Judaism that testifies to a moral existence in our period, in line with the rules of justice and neighborhood upon which the Jewish religion was once based. in simple terms through addressing the way these unique rules are being squandered by way of a miltarized kingdom of Israel and a complicit Jewish institution in the United States, he argues, can there be desire for peace within the future.

Israel and Palestine: Out of the Ashes is a deeply own, philosophical account of up to date Jewish id. taking a look past the legacy of the Holocaust and past the portrayal of Jews as both sufferers or persecutors, Ellis forges a brand new imaginative and prescient of what it capacity to be Jewish today.

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Still, the acceptance of Jewish evocations of the Holocaust in the non-Jewish world requires a self-censorship, an editing of particular Jewish symbols and inner dialogue. The understanding of writing and art becomes dependent on interpretations wholly foreign to the Jewish experience. With Wiesel, this happens in the introduction of his work by the famous Catholic writer, François Mauriac, in his invocation of Wiesel and the Holocaust victims as a symbol of Christ’s crucifixion. It ends by Wiesel highlighting the themes of existential doubt and the postwar isolation of the individual over the appeal to fight the anti-Semites who would consign the Holocaust to oblivion.

28 Israel and Palestine: Out of the Ashes In different ways, Klepfisz and the Committee demonstrators were accused of disloyalty, of being collaborators with historical and contemporary Nazis. ’18 Understandably, Klepfisz experienced a mixture of shame, fear and anger, emotions she had experienced her entire life as a child of a ghetto fighter and a survivor. Still she remained resolute: ‘Knowing that the world was passive and indifferent while six million Jews died, I have always considered passivity and indifference the worst of evils.

As long as hundreds of Palestinians are not being lined up and shot, but are killed by Israelis only one a day, are we Jews free from worrying about morality, justice? Has Nazism become the sole norm by which Jews judge evil, so that anything that is not its exact duplicate is considered by us morally acceptable? 19 Klepfisz extended these thoughts as she addressed a group of survivors on the 45th anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising in Jewish Memory in the Post-Holocaust Era 29 April 1988.

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