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The contradictions of Diaspora : a reflexive critique of the Jewish Diaspora’s relationship with Israel.

Baron, Ilan Zvi (2018) 'The contradictions of Diaspora : a reflexive critique of the Jewish Diaspora’s relationship with Israel.', Journal of international political theory., 14 (1). pp. 85-106.


This article explores a question that is often assumed but rarely addressed: What does Israel provide ideationally for Diaspora Jews that serves as the basis for Diaspora/Israel relations and justifies the importance of Israel for Jewish identity? Whereas past literature on this topic has either assumed an answer to this question or debated survey results and demographics, this article takes a different approach by not assuming an answer to this question. The article argues that Diaspora Jews’ relationship with Israel is best understood phenomenologically. The significance of Israel for Diaspora Jews is found in a type of obligation that is political but is not based in sovereignty or law but instead in meaning that serves as a form of authority and functions as part of the phenomenological structure characterizing Jewish being-in-the-world in the age of Israel. Using a combination of personal reflection, empirical research, and theoretical investigation, the article concludes by suggesting that critique serves as an activity that reveals the normative character of Israel’s meaningful authority, but that Israel’s authority in this phenomenological sense needs to be undermined if it will be possible to move beyond the increasingly polarizing role that Israel is having in Jewish communities today.

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Publisher statement:Baron, Ilan Zvi (2017). The contradictions of Diaspora: A reflexive critique of the Jewish Diaspora’s relationship with Israel. Journal of International Political. Copyright © The Author(s) 2017. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications
Date accepted:18 October 2017
Date deposited:18 October 2017
Date of first online publication:17 November 2017
Date first made open access:18 October 2017

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