Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men stand behind a roadblock on which a graffiti reads "open Shuhada street" in a Palestinian neighborhood in Hebron. August 14,2016. Hazem Bader, AFP

The Banality of Evil Revisited: To Each Society Its Own Evils

In contrast to what Eva Illouz argues, the banality of evil theory does not excuse criminals from taking responsibility for their acts. In the Israeli case, there's no need to seek a 'family resemblance' to other dark regimes; rather, what's required is to confront our specific past.

In a fascinating article in Haaretz two weeks ago, Eva Illouz challenged the relevance of Hannah Arendt’s “banality of evil” theory in the context of understanding the current situation in Israel. Arendt, who...

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