Friday, November 18, 2005
Of transplants and transcendence: Questioning social and symbolic categories in Israel
An excerpt from a truly inspired piece written by Laurie King-Irani on the transcendent significance of the action of Ahmed Khatieb's parents:
They also wanted Ahmed, or part of Ahmed, to live on, inside of others, no matter what their culturally constructed identities might be. Instead of turning others inside out in understandable rage at their loss, they took something precious of their own and put it inside others as an act of humanity, compassion, and magnanimity that exposed the barriers placed by policies, prejudices and practices between Palestinians and Israelis as both arbitrary and permeable.