The cornerstone of Butler’s equivalence between Zionism and colonialist racism is her quotation of Levinas saying something he never said, at least not in the interview she refers to in her book (p. 227, note 24, and p. 39). Levinas argued, she claims, that Palestinians were ‘faceless’ (a term around which she places quotation marks, suggesting that he uttered it). Indeed, such a pronouncement would constitute an unfathomably grave transgression against the ethical edifice Levinas patiently built in his works from the end of World War II until his death. But nowhere in the source Butler refers to—either in the French original (‘Israel: éthique et politique,’ Les Nouveaux Cahiers, 71 [1982-83]: 1-8) or in the English translation by the excellent Levinas specialist Seán Hand—does the word ‘faceless’ appear (see The Levinas Reader, A Critical Edition, Oxford, Blackwell Publishers 1989, 289).
‘Everybody is somebody’s Jew,’ [Levi] told a reporter, Filippo Gentiloni, from the Italian newspaper Il Manifesto, and he cited the abuse of Poland by the Russians and the Germans. At that point in the interview, printed on June 29, 1982, Gentiloni closed the Levi quote and added a sentence of his own: ‘And today Palestinians are the Jews of the Israelis.’ Carole Angier [the biographer cited by Butler], in quoting this, either made a mistake or repeated someone else’s mistake. In any case, the quotation marks got moved, and Levi was represented as having said not just ‘Everybody is somebody’s Jew’ but also ‘And today the Palestinians are the Jews of the Israelis.’
I record this story in order to clear my name and to make a small contribution to the history of journalistic ethics…. What [those who continue to quote the notorious misquote] have done—that is, use insinuations of anti-Semitism to advance what is essentially a political argument—is exactly the kind of thing Levi would have deplored.
the insight that even for the most definable, the most identifiable, the most stubborn communal identity–and for Freud this was Jewish Identity–there are inherent limits that prevent it from being fully incorporated into a monolithic and unified identity, singular and exclusive. Said maintains that identity cannot be thought or worked through alone…. (Parting Ways 31).
More bold is Freud’s profound exemplification of the insight that even for the most definable, the most identifiable, the most stubborn communal identity–and for him this was Jewish Identity–there are inherent limits that prevent it from being fully incorporated into one and only one Identity…. In other words, identity cannot be thought or worked through itself alone…. (53-4)
It may be that binationalism is an impossibility, but that mere fact [emphasis added] does not suffice as a reason to be against it. (Parting Ways 30)
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