- Title Pages
- Editor’s Introduction
- Slavoj Žižek in Ramallah
- Alain Badiou in Haifa
- Judith Butler in Sheikh-Jarrah
- A Manifesto for the Jewish-Palestinian Arabic-Hebrew State
- Why We Support Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions
- The Star of Redemption with a Split ℵ
- Samson the Non-European
- Pnay El (Face of God)
- Jocasta’s Dream
- The Specters of a Borrowed Village
- For Palestine Is Missing from Palestine
- The Fish Who Became a Shahid
- Jenin and Homeopathy
- A Murder Is a Murder Is a Murder
- Trust Your Dreams
- Thus Spoke the Left
- The Betrayal of the Peace Camp
- From Now On Say I Am a Palestinian Jew
- And Who Shall I Say Is Calling?
- Come Out of Your Political Closets
- This Time It’s Not Funny!
- Elementary, My Dear Schnabel
- What Do You Mean When You Say “Left”?
- An Angel Under Siege
- Local Angel
- Holy Language, Holy Place
- An Angel I Borrowed
- Stabat Mater
- “The Jew Is Within You, But You, You Are in the Jew”
- What Does a Jew Want?
- “I will tremble the underground”
- Angel for a New Place
- The Four Dimensions of Art
- Existence on the Boundary
- There are some muffins there if you want. …
- Oh, Weakness; or, Shylock with a Split <i>S</i>
- Jenin in Wonderland
- Pledge to Our Language
- We Lacked a Present
- An Opening for an Interview
- Who Is a Terrorist?
- A Man Goes
To Walter Benjamin
- (p.148) Local Angel
- What Does a Jew Want?
- Columbia University Press
In this tribute to Walter Benjamin, the author talks about the local angel of history. He first mentions the Palestinian Christian cemetery in Jaffa and the angel placed in it by a stonemason. The angel, he says, looks as though he is about to move away from something he has been guarding. He then describes how one pictures the local angel of history: He faces the East, and his back is turned to the sea. Where we perceive a chain of events, which we call the history of Israel–Palestine, he sees one single catastrophe that keeps piling wreckage upon wreckage and hurling it in front of his feet. He cannot resist the calling of the West, whose voice calls him backward into what we call progress. Meanwhile, the pile of debris before him grows skyward.
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