At the Edges of Liberalism: Junctions of European, German, by Steven E. Aschheim

By Steven E. Aschheim

The essays during this quantity search to confront many of the charged assembly issues of eu - in particular German - and Jewish background. All, in a single manner or one other, discover the entanglements, the intertwined moments of empathy and enmity, belonging and estrangement, creativity and destructiveness that happened at those junctions.

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Yet, again, the web of Jewish Orientalism differed from and was thicker and more complex than the more general Orientalisms, which were based upon a superior brand of identity-defining distance. 72 Here was a politics both of belonging and difference. 73 Most critically, however, if Jews from Arab countries were regarded with patronizing Orientalist eyes, it was also deemed necessary, given the IsraelArab conflict, to radically “de-Arabize” them, to decisively mark the gulf, the ontological differences between them and the Arabs, Zionism’s ultimate Other.

We must place ourselves again in the Oriental circle of peoples,” Ruppin declared in 1923, “and together with our racial brothers, the Arabs (and Armenians) create a new cultural community of the near East.

Mizrachi music, which before was a suspect, virtually underground phenomenon, has deeply penetrated Israeli popular culture. Yet, despite these great integrative strides, at a more general level a certain “in-betweenness” persists. 77 Indeed, the leader of the right-wing Orthodox “Eastern” Shas party, Eli Yishai, has recently taken this even further and, ironically, has applied to immigrant workers the same attitudes previously foisted upon “Oriental” Jews themselves. ”78 (One does not, however, want to leave the wrong historical impression.

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