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What Does a Jew Want?On Binationalism and Other Specters$
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Udi Aloni

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231157599

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231157599.001.0001

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For Palestine Is Missing from Palestine

For Palestine Is Missing from Palestine

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(p.78) For Palestine Is Missing from Palestine
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What Does a Jew Want?
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Aloni Udi

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231157599.003.0011

In this chapter, the author examines Elia Suleiman's films and their relevance to Israel and Palestine. As a director of fragments, of movement and image, Suleiman considers sound more important than the meaning of the pronounced words. In engaging in a cinematic dance, Suleiman creates an aesthetic of the present-absent subject. Until this present absentee is once again fully present, the place called Israel will remain irremediable and bereft of a permanent name. In the rest of this chapter, the author considers Edward Said's claim that “there is nothing further from being a Jew than being only a Jew,” the so-called “politics of exile” and “politics of home,” and Suleiman's film Chronicle of a Disappearance. He also discusses the themes of melancholy and mourning, the 2010 International Film Festival in Berlin, and his attempt to flee his Israeli identity.

Keywords:   films, Elia Suleiman, Israel, Palestine, Edward Said, Jew, exile, Chronicle of a Disappearance, International Film Festival, Israeli identity

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