(Israel) Binational Fascist Simulacral (Response to Ze’ev Tammuz)

Little Jewish Nazis

I posted the article yesterday about architectural plans to split Jerusalem, knowing that my old friend Ze’ev was not going to like it. He was anti-Zionist before it came into vogue, at least over here in the United States. You can see his full remarks in the comments page to that post. My only question that I would pose to him is whether or not Jerusalem is not already two cities, not one. He sees the problem in the rising tide of populism and nationalism in the country. My bet is that how and why Israel gets more and more populist, nationalist, and “religious” is in part a reflection of and a reactionary reaction against an already emergent one-state bi-national condition shaping the State of Israel and the West Bank. It might very well be that Israeli Jews seek to ramp up the “Jewish identity” of the State as the national identity of the country gets more called into question, not by leftist and Palestinian critics, but by conditions on the ground. No longer “natural,” Jewishness and Judaism are transformed by the identity-state into simulacra.


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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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1 Response to (Israel) Binational Fascist Simulacral (Response to Ze’ev Tammuz)

  1. zeev says:

    Jerusalem is one city not two, it is one city with an extreme mix of population right. left Jew Arab secular religious but good or bad it is one city, And yes undoubtedly the prospect of the reality of a one state solution does fuel ultra nationalism, but that brings us all the way back to the question what came first the chicken or the egg .

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