Morality, Politics & More Dead Children (Gaza 2014)


Maybe it boils down to this. Nothing, no cause, no reason, no right to resist to the occuopation, no right to self-defense, no operational error can justify the putting of people into harm’s way or the killing of children, not by either side to the conflict. As best I understand it, that is a black and white moral truth. But the history and politics in which this black and white moral truth is embedded is itself not black and white. The contexts are complicated, surrounded by grey. To think, as many do on either side of the conflict, that the framing contexts are actually black and white, to not see, as many do not, the difference between a moral truth and a political-historical one is to evade, as all of us do, the moral responsibility that should unsettle every political commitment we make.

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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.
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1 Response to Morality, Politics & More Dead Children (Gaza 2014)

  1. Michael says:

    So if nothing ever justifies the use of force, how can we have police on our streets? Is there no situation thinkable in which the use of force is necessary, to prevent a greater evil from happening? Like a hostage release operation, where a number of hostage-takers are killed (sadly, along with a few hostages) in order to release a few dozens of hostages and save them from imminent death?

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