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The Banality of Israeli Evil: An Everyday Occupation

An excellent talk by Saree Makdisi based on his book Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation. As one listens to the stories Makdisi relates of bureaucratic blocks and irrational rules and checkpoints, Hannah Arendt’s famous phrase ‘the banality of evil’ immediately comes to mind. We get snapshots of the abhorrent kafkaesque occupation matrix of violence and bureaucracy before Makdisi moves on to discussing the one state solution. The talk is 49 minutes, with Q and A taking the video up to 64 minutes.

[H/t Filasteen]

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3 comments on “The Banality of Israeli Evil: An Everyday Occupation

  1. Chrysalis
    29 March, 2010

    The plague of darkness has struck modern Israelites – Akiva Eldar

  2. Christian Avard
    30 March, 2010

    Politics and Prose cancelled his talk? Sweet fucking Jesus… I’m never going back in that store AGAIN! That is outrageous! I. AM. PISSED!

  3. Pingback: The Banality of Israeli Evil: An Everyday Occupation « Kanan48

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This entry was posted on 29 March, 2010 by in Palestine, Video and tagged .

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