Palestine, my love: The ethico-politics of love and mourning in Jewish Israeli solidarity activism

Fiona Wright*

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Abstract

Jewish Israeli left-wing activists engage in a subversive affective politics when they express love for, and mourn the loss of, Palestinian life. But the affects of love and mourning also bind these solidarity activists to Israeli state violence and sovereignty in various ways, entangling them in the very forms of power they aim to challenge. Loving and mourning the Palestinian Other involves an ambivalent ethics in which the activist subject objectifies the Other, and this objectification is a kind of violence that emerges in the affective becomings of solidarity activism. Activist loving and mourning thus call into question the nature of solidarity and alert us to the difficulty of ethics as troubled relations enmeshed in the violence of politics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)130-143
Number of pages14
JournalAmerican Ethnologist
Volume43
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Feb 2016

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