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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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Oh, Weakness; or, Shylock with a Split S

Oh, Weakness; or, Shylock with a Split S

(p.231) Oh, Weakness; or, Shylock with a Split S
What Does a Jew Want?

Aloni Udi

Columbia University Press

This chapter condemns Israel's demolition of settlements in Palestinian villages in the occupied territories by referencing to the character of Shylock in William Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice. It criticizes the Israeli Supreme Court for taking an active part in the crimes of racism against the people of Palestine and the renewing of the Nakba by supporting the efforts of the Israeli government to expel Palestinians from the country. It takes into account the split figure of Shylock, the Jew who was slaughtered in Europe and has come back to life as the contemporary European Muslim to demand revenge for the injustice imposed on him when he was baptized Christian. It also considers the fate of Israel's Jewish left, suggesting that their ideology is intertwined with the abandonment of democracy for ethnic superiority.

Keywords:   demolition, Palestine, The Merchant of Venice, Israeli Supreme Court, racism, Nakba, Israel, Palestinians, left, democracy

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