By H. Dabashi
Dabashi's most modern booklet is a meditation on suicidal violence within the rapid context of its latest political surge and a serious exam of the unconventional transformation of the human physique, supported by means of shut readings of cinematic and inventive evidence.
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Unable to fight their battle where it had to be fought, the 22 Corpus Anarchicum Zionists had picked up a fight somewhere else where they could win: in Palestine, with a people weaker than themselves, already ravaged at the throws of Ottoman sultanism and European colonialism. Dispersed around the world by a criminal act of outright thievery that robbed them of their homeland, the Palestinian body has become a corpus cavitas, a hollowed body, vacated by the soul of its homeland. That corpus cavitas sounds an emptied occupation of space, a hollowed affirmation of identity, translucent and void in the siteless space that it emphatically occupies.
In this respect, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the so-called secular republic of France are two sides of the same coin: the prevention and denial of memorial agency on one side and the complete occupation on the other. The Islamic Republic wants to prevent women from accumulating bodily memory for the same reason that France wants to occupy that vacated space with a totalitarian gaze that wishes to leave no room for a (Nietzschean) defiant reason that challenges the legitimacy of its (Kantian) public reason.
It is in that context that Palestinian suicidal violence is to be located. Suicidal violence is the extreme identification of the body with soil and then the sudden explosion of that soil by way of denying it to the colonial state as the sole site of its failed legitimacy. Suicidal self-explosion is the absolutely final denying of the colonial state its measures of power, its site of violence, and its pretension to legitimacy. It is the coup de grâce, the very last nail in the coffin, of summarizing the ancestral homeland of a people in the physical bodies of its fragile youth and then blowing them up to deny the colonial power its last site of aggression.