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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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Judith Butler in Sheikh-Jarrah

Judith Butler in Sheikh-Jarrah

“This place which is called Israel”

Chapter:
(p.8) Judith Butler in Sheikh-Jarrah
Source:
What Does a Jew Want?
Author(s):

Aloni Udi

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231157599.003.0003

In this chapter, the author reflects on Judith Butler's statement “this place which is called Israel” instead of “the State of Israel.” Butler was scheduled to present lectures at Birzeit University in Palestine, but instead went with the author to a demonstration in Sheikh-Jarrah, Jerusalem. In Sheikh-Jarrah, they were greeted by heavy rains. Since the court ruled that the demonstration was legal, the police refrained from violence. Some protesters gathered around Butler and showed their support for her. The author says there was something very exciting about this humble, sincere encounter between Butler and her “disciples.” Some of them may not have read her complex texts, but they have identified the performative proposal she has offered to the world as a means of change.

Keywords:   demonstration, Judith Butler, Israel, Palestine, Sheikh-Jarrah, Jerusalem, protesters

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