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Unlearning

Unlearning

Chapter:
(p.71) 3 Unlearning
Source:
Days of Awe
Author(s):
Atalia Omer
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226616100.003.0004

This chapter examines two intertwined processes related to the emergence and consolidation of the Jewish diasporist social movement in the US: ethical outrage and unlearning. It focuses on the stories activists tell about their own self-transformation, or how they came to reorient their solidarities through emphatic indignation, reinforced by their unlearning of ideology. The chapter analyzes the stories captured in semi-structured interviews with activists, as well as the testimonies shared on social media. The interviews show how activists portray their processes of re-narration, which inform the shift of their solidarity from Israelis to Palestinians. The chapter likewise investigates the relationships between prior politicization on LGBTQI+ issues, antimilitarism, humanitarianism, and neoliberalismm and assuming the cause of Palestinians. It also introduces the complex operation of pinkwashing and accusations of antisemitism on anti-occupation Jewish activism and broader Palestine solidarity.

Keywords:   unlearning, pinkwashing, Mizrahi Jews, Jews of Color, Ashkenazi hegemony, white supremacy

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