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From Auschwitz to Jerusalem to Gaza: ethics for the want of law

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Journal publication date08/2010
JournalJournal of Global Ethics
Number of pages11
Original languageEnglish


This essay emerges from a series of reflections on the presence of “ethical” narratives and images of the Holocaust in the recent debates and demonstrations around the recent conflict in Gaza. I argue that the lack of measure and violence of these narratives which are now turned onto the descendants of the Holocaust, arise as a consequence of contemporary theories of the Holocaust that eschew the possibility of legal reflection, legal judgement and legal justice. I conclude with a discussion of Hannah Arendt’s attempts to rethink law in the wake of the Holocaust, a law that does not exceed its limited, but clearly defined, area of competence.