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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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“The Jew Is Within You, But You, You Are in the Jew”

“The Jew Is Within You, But You, You Are in the Jew”

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(p.159) “The Jew Is Within You, But You, You Are in the Jew”
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What Does a Jew Want?
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Slavoj Žižek

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231157599.003.0030

This chapter reflects on antisemitism and the Jewish identity in relation to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. It begins by discussing Ismail Kadare's novel The Palace of Dreams, which tells the story of the Tabir Sarrail, the “palace of dreams” in the capital of a nineteenth-century Balkan empire, and the violent power struggle in which it finds itself. It then considers the so-called erotics of power, along with Adolf Hitler's statement “We have to kill the Jew within us.” It also talks about Jews as the objet petit a of the Gentiles and suggests that the Gentiles need the antisemitic figure of the “Jew” in order to maintain their identity. Finally, it examines the violence arising from the war between Israel and Palestine, along with the concepts of liberalism and fundamentalism.

Keywords:   antisemitism, Jewish identity, Israeli–Palestinian conflict, The Palace of Dreams, Jews, violence, liberalism, fundamentalism, Israel, Palestine

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