Remembering and Forgetting/2

by Mark Chmiel

French intellectual Françoise Vergès observed: “Europe’s colonial domination has been the subject of a profound forgetting. This forgetting should be seen as a system: it is vital, for instance, to place the history of slavery outside of the official story of modernity.”

Likewise, the people of memory—Israeli Jews—want the Nakba to be a subject of profound forgetting.  Indeed, there is a system in Israel: to place Palestinian dispossession outside of the official story of the Jewish return to history in the land of Israel.

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