I don’t know why, but I was really struck the first time I saw this slogan, “Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies,” because, probably, it’s so counter-factual. I’m sure my response has something to do with “affect” and politics. Graphically, I like this particular stencil, anonymous, black on stone, without human bodies.
Proving once again that the friend/enemy distinction does not do justice to long running blood-conflicts like the one between Israel-Palestine, the recent declaration by the UN General Assembly of Palestine as a non-member observer state is a case in point.
A friend of mine, further to the left than me, made this argument, with which I concur:
—To be pro-Israel is to be pro-Palestine.
This got me to thinking. The remark is an incomplete truth,
It’s also true, and I’m not sure how many people to my left are willing to recognize the opposite truth. Because once you start down this logical chain, it’s also true to say:
—To be pro Palestine is to be pro Israel.
And that’s an even more counter-intuitive truth than the first claim.
And then again, these are both only quarter truths, because:
—To be anti-Palestine is to be anti-Israel.
—To be anti-Israel is to be anti-Palestine.
The tricky thing is the sheer amount of time it takes to figure out how to come to terms this all works in real time. In the meantime, lots of blood goes under the bridge.