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Maud S. Mandel

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691125817

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691125817.001.0001

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Palestine in France

Palestine in France

Radical Politics and Hardening Ethnic Allegiances, 1968–72

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Muslims and Jews in France

Maud S. Mandel

Princeton University Press

This chapter focuses on the student uprisings in France in 1968, which brought the story of Muslim–Jewish polarization to France's national conversation as student radicals began to link the occupation of Palestinian territories evermore fully to leftist politics at home. While many Jewish and Muslim leftists worked together in these endeavors, highly visible moments of discord, such as a riot in the Parisian immigrant neighborhood of Belleville in June 1968 and ongoing conflictual encounters between Muslim and Jewish university students, continued to fuel perceptions of polarization. Indeed, paradoxically, even those who emphasized the cultural connections and shared histories binding Muslims and Jews contributed to this process, since in seeking to counter more polarizing rhetoric, they unwittingly legitimized the boundaries of political discourse as it was taking shape: to deny Muslim–Jewish polarization was to acknowledge the problem, thereby reinforcing the very categories they were seeking to dismantle.

Keywords:   Muslims, Jews, France, Muslim–Jewish relations, polarization, student uprising

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