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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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Samson the Non-European

Samson the Non-European

(p.35) Samson the Non-European
What Does a Jew Want?

Aloni Udi

Columbia University Press

In this chapter, the author reflects on the story of Samson and Delilah and the lessons it imparts with regards to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. The author begins by citing the tragedy that befell a young man who was part of a security force from Kibbutz Nahal Oz. At the man's funeral, Moshe Dayan, then the chief of staff of the Israeli army, delivered a eulogy, saying that “the Gates of Gaza came down heavy upon him and defeated him.” The author then recounts his plan to write an article about Samson, the Israeli Air Force's attack on Gaza, his decision to join demonstrations condemning Israel's war with Palestine, and his participation in a symposium about Anna O., also known as Bertha Pappenheim.

Keywords:   war, Samson and Delilah, Israeli–Palestinian conflict, Moshe Dayan, Gaza, Israeli Air Force, demonstrations, Israel, Palestine, Bertha Pappenheim

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