Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Introduction

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pp. 1-28

Conscience twinges. It pinches, tugs, stabs and pricks. It must be wrestled with, when one is not plagued by it. It calls and dictates. It is a worm, and a court. Conscience is articulated in these ways as the most solitary, individual, and idiosyncratic of faculties. Yet, as both a personal ethical experience and a potent public discourse, conscience also dramatically reshapes the social terrain. Conscience can make the illegal legal and the offensive...

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1. The Interrupted Sacrifice

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pp. 29-60

On the route to the Palestinian West Bank village of Susiya, the mood in the bus was excited and jovial. I was traveling with a group of Israeli conscientious objectors from Combatants for Peace (CFP) to meet with Palestinian ex-fighters, members of the same activist organization. At their meetings, Israelis and Palestinians tell their life stories and how they came to reject a...

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2. Every Tongue’s Got to Confess

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pp. 61-80

One late Wednesday afternoon, I met up with Meir. Over the previous months, he had introduced me to other members of Combatants for Peace (CFP) and was very helpful in actively including me in key conversations. I had noticed that a few people were growing weary of my questions aft er realizing that I wanted more from them than the journalists who requested public relations materials and sound bites on specific incidents. Meir, though, was an enthusiastic...

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3. Confronting Sacrifice

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pp. 81-106

My interactions with the younger generation of conscientious objectors began at a party, a launch party for a new youth group sponsored by the feminist antimilitarism organization New Profile. I went early to meet up with my friend Enon, whom I had met earlier my fieldwork. A member of New Profile, he had invited me to the gathering. I took the bus to the address he had given me, on a badly lit street in Tel Aviv...

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4. Pacifist? Prove It! The Adjudication of Conscience

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pp. 107-130

According to military policy, an individual will be exempted from service if he or she can demonstrate pacifist belief. This pacifism must be demonstrated before a military body— the Conscience Committee— using testimony, witnesses, and additional evidence. Some of the members of the New Profile youth group sought pacifist exemptions because the only possible exemption from military service is based on principled objection to military...

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5. The Yoke of Conscience and the Binds of Community

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pp. 131-158

Th is chapter is about responsibility to conscience and to community. Like circumcision, the binds of community are about the violent demarcation of the here from the there, the rending of the mine from the theirs that takes place on the body and mind of an individual. This chapter is also about the faith my interlocutors put in the liberal promise of freedom from communal...

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Conclusion: False Promises

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pp. 159-172

In the preceding pages, we have seen the drama of conscientious objection play out in the encounter of personal and public ethics, dilemmas of responsibility and sacrifice, and struggles for inclusion. At the base of this turmoil are a number of guarantees promised by the state that ultimately cannot be fulfilled. Th is ethnography has highlighted several guarantees for ethical fulfillment that the state claims to be in the position to provide but is not. I...

Notes

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pp. 173-178

Bibliography

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pp. 179-196

Index

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pp. 197-202

Acknowledgments

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pp. 203-204