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On Dignity and Dissent

Camille Mansour and Leila Fawaz

in Transformed Landscapes

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9789774162473
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970191 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774162473.003.0016
On Dignity and Dissent

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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

Chapter.  6076 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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