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Butler Trouble: Zionism, Excommunication, and the Reception of Judith Butler’s Work on Israel/Palestine

Butler Trouble: Zionism, Excommunication, and the Reception of Judith Butler’s Work on... ShauL magiD iNdiANA UNiVerSiTy Who is an Anti-Semite? Someone who hates Jews too much. --Jewish-Hungarian proverb 237 Forum But Zionism was a calculated risk in that it brought about the destruction of the reality of exile. The foes of Zionism certainly saw the risk more clearly than the Zionists. --Gershom Scholem, interview with Muki Tsur Everybody is somebody's Jew. And today the Palestinians are the Jews of the Israelis. --Primo Levi, Il Manifesto The debate surrounding Judith Butler's work on Israel and Zionism has arguably reached a new level of vitriol from various camps in the American Jewish establishment. Critics of her 2012 book Parting Ways have taken off the gloves in terms of their willingness to demonize, vilify, and excoriate Butler and her work.1 Many who never read her work but simply view her as a turncoat because of her support of BDS (Boycott Divestment Sanctions) are even less subtle in their remarks. Those who review her work favorably offer more sober assessments and criticisms of the ways in which she is serving as the intellectual and philosophical foundation of the contemporary anti-Zionist left, both Jewish and non-Jewish. What follows is neither a critique nor a celebration http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Studies in American Jewish Literature Penn State University Press

Butler Trouble: Zionism, Excommunication, and the Reception of Judith Butler’s Work on Israel/Palestine

Studies in American Jewish Literature , Volume 33 (2) – Aug 27, 2014

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ShauL magiD iNdiANA UNiVerSiTy Who is an Anti-Semite? Someone who hates Jews too much. --Jewish-Hungarian proverb 237 Forum But Zionism was a calculated risk in that it brought about the destruction of the reality of exile. The foes of Zionism certainly saw the risk more clearly than the Zionists. --Gershom Scholem, interview with Muki Tsur Everybody is somebody's Jew. And today the Palestinians are the Jews of the Israelis. --Primo Levi, Il Manifesto The debate surrounding Judith Butler's work on Israel and Zionism has arguably reached a new level of vitriol from various camps in the American Jewish establishment. Critics of her 2012 book Parting Ways have taken off the gloves in terms of their willingness to demonize, vilify, and excoriate Butler and her work.1 Many who never read her work but simply view her as a turncoat because of her support of BDS (Boycott Divestment Sanctions) are even less subtle in their remarks. Those who review her work favorably offer more sober assessments and criticisms of the ways in which she is serving as the intellectual and philosophical foundation of the contemporary anti-Zionist left, both Jewish and non-Jewish. What follows is neither a critique nor a celebration

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Studies in American Jewish LiteraturePenn State University Press

Published: Aug 27, 2014

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