Yishai Schwartz, in a recent New Republic article, gives us a case study of “moral accounting” conducted in the voice of the father. Scwartz justifies Israel’s assault by proposing that “ceasefires…
“The Palestinians already always live under subjugation, and when so-called “terrorists” “spring up” out of the tunnel, it is an act of insubordination the feminine principle will know-by-the-burn-on-its-flesh for having been brutalised similarly through centuries. The ethical encounter, entwined in such gestures, would be an instance of care, not domination or pity. It would lead us to narrate a complex but coherently sensitive picture of how we are caught up in a multiplicity of identities we make and re-make for ourselves to ourselves between each other”
Efadul Huq beautifully shows the connection between feminist struggle and Palestinian struggle as a struggle against a masculine oriented logos or rather properly stated a chauvinist oriented logos that insists that the “female” or in this case Palestinians stay quiet and bear abuse and only the Father’s voice of reason, which is that of Israel, be taken as absolute.
We must stop the Israeli carnage and occupation as it is dehumanizing and destructive.