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Transformed LandscapesEssays on Palestine and the Middle East in Honor of Walid Khalidi$
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Camille Mansour and Leila Fawaz

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789774162473

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774162473.001.0001

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On Dignity and Dissent

On Dignity and Dissent

The Journey of a Child of Holocaust Survivors

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(p.335) 16 On Dignity and Dissent
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Transformed Landscapes
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Camille Mansour

Leila Fawaz

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774162473.003.0016

One of the greatest struggles as a child of Holocaust survivors is how to remember those who perished. Being free of fear also meant dissent: the right—and the need—to oppose the prevailing ideas and policies they saw as wrong. Freedom of dissent has rarely been more urgent than today, when the conflict is descending so tragically into a moral abyss and when at least, the very essence of Judaism, of what it means to be a Jew and a child of survivors, seems to be descending with it. President Bush's now famous statement less than ten days after the 11 September attacks, “Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists,” leaves us with no alternatives and, perhaps more important, delegitimizes the dissenting views we do express.

Keywords:   Holocaust, freedom, Judaism, 11 September attacks, dissent

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