Affective trouble: a Jewish/Palestinian heterosexual wedding threatening the Israeli nation-state?

Roey J. Gafter, Tommaso M. Milani

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The aim of this article is to analyze the reactions of some mainstream Israeli politicians to a celebrity marriage between Tzahi Halevi, a Jewish Israeli actor, and Lucy Aharish, a Palestinian Israeli TV personality. Drawing upon the notion of stance, we unveil the affective trouble generated by this heterosexual union vis-à-vis the Israeli national project. More specifically, we tease out the kaleidoscopic collage of politicians’ affective (dis)attachments in relation to Halevi, Aharish and a variety of socioculturally relevant categories such as the Israeli nation. This affective patchwork, we argue, is itself the product of a tension that is at the very heart of the Israeli nation-state, that between the policing of Jewishness as the defining principle of the Israeli national imagined community, on the one hand, and the upholding of the democratic imperative to equal treatment and recognition, on the other.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)710-723
Number of pages14
JournalSocial Semiotics
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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