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    • Engaged Observer
    • 20.06.10 | 05:46 (IDT)

    Now my interpretation of Jewish values is a bit different than Ms. Butler's, but I understand where she's coming from; she's using the values she agrees with to consolidate her pre-existing views. The sanctity of life that she so ardently believes in I do too; however, I understand that people will always sympathize with their friends (i.e. Israelis with Israelis) before they sympathize with enemies (i.e. Palestinians/ Gazans). That Ms. Butler finds this so offensive/ wrong shows a lack of understanding for the human psyche, for human psychology, and the important Jewish value of caring and protecting your own community. Her comment about "arbitrary state violence" also reveals a shocking lack of history; Gaza was a hostile enemy for three years before Israel decided to stop tolerating its incessant rocket firing. That she thinks their War in Gaza is "arbitrary" reveals that she only sees what she wants to see, hears want she wants to hear, and observes the Jewish values she feels fit her outlook. I won't claim to be different, but she shouldn't pretend to be anything more than what she is: a human with bias, and with pre-conceived notions using Judaism for legitimacy.

    from the article: Judith Butler: As a Jew, I was taught it was ethically imperative to speak up
    First published 13:39 24.02.10 | Last updated 14:45 24.02.10
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