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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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To Jacques Derrida

(p.152) Forgiveness
What Does a Jew Want?

Aloni Udi

Columbia University Press

In this tribute to Jacques Derrida, the author talks about forgiveness in relation to the conflict between Israel and Palestine. In particular, he asks what right he has to call on Yasser Arafat to forgive the Israeli people, who appointed him to ask forgiveness, and who he is to grant it. He thought about the Jews unable to forgive the Nazis and goes on to suggest that the occupier is not pure evil; it is possible to understand him and his motives. In his view, asking forgiveness from the Palestinians is the place to start a dialogue, and so he chose Arafat because he is the Palestinians' elected leader. He argues that asking forgiveness is an option to consider in the Israeli discourse.

Keywords:   forgiveness, Jacques Derrida, Israel, Palestine, Yasser Arafat, Jews, Nazis, Palestinians, dialogue

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