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    remain untouched/unconcerned

    No Jews, no matter how assimilated, was allowed to forget the fact of his birth. Even if you managed to conduct yourself so that nothing showed, it was impossible to remain completely untouched; as for instance a person may not remain unconcerned whose skin has been anesthetized but who has to watch, with his eyes open, how it is scratched by an unclean knife, ever cut until the blood flows.

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    It is therefore impossible to insult a Jew and from this it follows that a Jew cannot demand satisfaction for any insult.


    Hello,

    From the above content, pls explain especially the bold sentence, I dont' get it!

    Oh, this is from a novel, not any anti-semitism.

    Tks, beeja
    Last edited by beeja; 22-Jul-2008 at 06:33.

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    Re: remain untouched/unconcerned

    Quote Originally Posted by beeja View Post
    No Jews, no matter how assimilated, was allowed to forget the fact of his birth. Even if you managed to conduct yourself so that nothing showed, it was impossible to remain completely untouched; as for instance a person may not remain unconcerned whose skin has been anesthetized but who has to watch, with his eyes open, how it is scratched by an unclean knife, ever cut until the blood flows.
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    It is therefore impossible to insult a Jew and from this it follows that a Jew cannot demand satisfaction for any insult.
    1. "It was impossible not to be affected by this; for example, if someone anaesthetised your arm and cut into it, you wouldn't feel it, but if you were forced to watch, you would be affected by it."

    2. "Therefore (because of the argument already given) it is impossible to insult a Jew, and so a Jew cannot claim any compensation or comeback for an insult"

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