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Book: Jews

Chapter: 13. Does Israel Deserve to Lose the Sympathy Vote to the Palestinians?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.35994


Dan Cohn-Sherbok begins this chapter with a quotation from Uri

Avnery’s “In Praise of Emotion” in which he

argues that peace needs to include an emotional


An Arab villager spoke quietly of his daughter, killed

by a soldier on her way to school. A Jewish mother

spoke of her soldier son, killed in one of the wars.

All in a subdued voice. Without pathos. Some spoke

Hebrew, some Arabic.

They spoke of their first reaction after their loss, the

feelings of, the thirst for revenge. And then the slow

change of heart. The understanding that the parents

on the other side, the Enemy, felt exactly like them,

that their loss, their mourning, their bereavement was

exactly as their own.

Chapter Contributors

  • Peter Cave ( - pcave) 'The Open University and New York University (London)'
  • Dan Cohn-Sherbok ( - dcohn-sherbok) 'University of Wales (Emeritus Professor) and Rabbi'