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Co-Memory and MelancholiaIsraelis Memorialising the Palestinian Nakba$
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Ronit Lentin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780719081705

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719081705.001.0001

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Zochrot: Nakba co-memory as performance

Zochrot: Nakba co-memory as performance

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Co-Memory and Melancholia

Ronit Aaron

Manchester University Press

This chapter places Zochrot within what is seen as the ongoing crisis of the Israeli resistance movement. It reports the performative nature of its postmemory work. It also discusses the role of the Palestinian witness-victim in the telling of this very Israeli-Jewish story, and suggests that a more fruitful line of inquiry would be to excavate the testimonies of Israeli perpetrators. It is proposed that the relationship between Palestinians and members of the Israeli resistance movement is at best problematic. Zochrot's performance is a performance of Nakba co-memory. Many Palestinian activists welcome Zochrot's co-memorative work, albeit critically and conditionally. Questions of appropriation and of using the ongoing occupation and oppression of the Palestinians as a tool for expressing Israeli dissent are beginning to be debated in a variety of media.

Keywords:   Zochrot, Palestinians, Israeli resistance movement, co-memory, Nakba

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