New PDF release: What Is a Palestinian State Worth?

By Sari Nusseibeh

ISBN-10: 0674048733

ISBN-13: 9780674048737

Can a religious Jew be a religious Jew and drop the assumption within the rebuilding of the Temple? Can a religious Muslim be a religious Muslim and drop the assumption within the sacredness of the Rock? Can one correct (the correct of go back) receive up for one more (the correct to reside in peace)? Can one declare Palestinian id and nonetheless keep Israeli citizenship? what's a Palestinian kingdom worthy? For over sixty years, the Israeli-Palestinian clash has been subjected to many strategies and provided many solutions by way of assorted events. but, solutions are just nearly as good because the questions that beget them. it really is with this straightforward, yet robust concept, the assumption of asking the elemental questions anew, that the popular Palestinian thinker and activist Sari Nusseibeh starts off his e-book.

What Is a Palestinian kingdom Worth? poses questions on the background, which means, destiny, and determination of the Israel/Palestine clash. Deeply proficient by means of political philosophy and in response to many years of private involvement with politics and social activism, Nusseibeh’s reasonable voice—global in its outlook, but really grounded in his local urban of Jerusalem—points us towards a destiny which, as George Lamming as soon as positioned it, is colonized through our acts during this second, yet which should always stay open.

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So Jews and Muslims, acting on religious beliefs and backed up by nuclear capabilities, are poised to engage in hisÂ�tory’s worst-Â�ever massacre of human beings, over a rock. Here, then, in the juxtaposition of life and rock, we find ourselves confronted with two opposite sides of the “probÂ�lem”—ostensibly the Israeli-Â� Palestinian conÂ�flict, but in reality one of the most morally challenging dilemmas facing all of us, whoever we are and wherever we may be. The “life” side reminds us of the value or sacrosanctness of human life in itself, its intrinsic worth.

And if we accept that situation, then we may as well not treat life as having sanctity to begin with, and we Â�needn’t be searching for a rule. But where might we find such a rule, and what would it look like? A reasonable place to begin searching is the individual, for it is with the individual that evÂ�eryÂ�thing starts, evÂ�eryÂ�thing that later may become articulated as a theory or norm: crime of passion, self-Â�defense, just war, and so on. And a reasonable level to begin from is the minimum, the most basic level at which we could possibly find sympathy with the perpetrator, or jusÂ�tifiÂ�caÂ�tion (the emphasis here is on “possibly”).

Martyrdom in the name of God is also a common feature of human hisÂ�tory. The Patriarch Abraham himself, revered ancestor of both Jews and Muslims, placed faith in God above the life of his beloved son. Abraham’s willingness to sacÂ�riÂ�fice his son tells us that life does not have intrinsic worth: that it can be sacÂ�riÂ�ficed for a higher cause. But God is not always the cause cited in such cases. Advocates of abortion rights also believe that mere life in itself is not necessarily worthwhile: that, for example, life’s quality can help determine whether that life has worth or value.

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