How could the Palestinians be “genuine partners” in peace talks when they have no country? But how could they have a country when it was taken from them? The Palestinians were never given any choice other than unconditional surrender. All they were offered was death. In the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the actions of the Israelis are considered legitimate retaliation (even if their attacks do seem disproportionate), whereas the actions of the Palestinians are without fail treated as terrorist crimes. And the death of a Palestinian has neither the same interest nor the same impact as the death of an Israeli.Gilles Deleuze - Two Regimes of Madness
Today Israel is conducting an experiment. It has invented a model of repression that, once adapted, will profit other countries. There is great continuity in Israeli politics. Israel believes that the U.N. resolutions verbally condemning Israel in fact put it in the right. Israel has transformed the invitation to leave the occupied territories into the right to establish colonies there. It thinks sending an international peace-keeping force into Southern Lebanon is an excellent idea… provided that this force, in the place of Israeli forces, transforms the region into a police zone, a desert of security. This conflict is a curious kind of blackmail, from which the whole world will never escape unless we lobby for the Palestinians to be recognized for what they are: “genuine partners” in peace talks. They are indeed at war, in a war they did not choose.
- Said’s diary on his meetings with Sartre and Foucault and how pro-Israeli the two intellectuals are (link)
- Joseph Massad’s article on the zionism of Sartre, Foucault, Derrida, Bourdieu, Zizek, and Balibar.
Dear British Museum, Musée du Louvre, and Pergamon Museum, please return my heritage.
Berlin, Germany 2013
Photo: Zeidon Alkinani
Not to mention The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Natural History, etc.
i’ve been to the pergamon museum. and frankly the entire time you’re there, your torn between feeling awe in the presence of these artifacts and absolute loathing for the theft that brought there in the first place. there’s another exhibit that’s literally a syrian merchant’s home that was shipped over to germany and reassembled inside the pergamon behind glass. it’s a beautiful home, but all these tourists just walk through gawking at all the “exotic-ness” of it. it’s sickening.