Paper $32.00 ISBN: 9780745323657 Published May 2006 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9780745323664 Published May 2006 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Occupied Minds: A Journey Through the Israeli Psyche

Arthur Neslen

Occupied Minds: A Journey Through the Israeli Psyche

Arthur Neslen

Distributed for Pluto Press

320 pages | 5.90551 x 8.07087
Paper $32.00 ISBN: 9780745323657 Published May 2006 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9780745323664 Published May 2006 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Israel's founders sought to create a nation of new Jews who would never again go meekly to the death camps. Yet Israel's strength has become synonymous with an oppression of the Palestinians that provokes anger throughout the Muslim world and beyond. How are Israelis able to see themselves as victims while victimizing others? What does Israeli Jewish identity mean today?

Arthur Neslen explores the dynamics, distortions and incredible diversity of Israeli society. From the mouths of soldiers, settlers, sex workers and the victims of suicide attacks, Occupied Minds is the story of a national psyche that has become scarred by mental security barriers, emotional checkpoints and displaced outposts of self-righteousness and aggression.

From vignettes to in-depth interviews, more than fifty Israelis offer their accounts. What they reveal is in turn powerful, haunting, subtle and disturbing. Illustrated throughout with photographs, this unique book offers an unrivalled insight into Israeli consciousness, private and public.

It charts the evolution of a communal self-image based on cultural and religious values towards one formed around a single militaristic imperative: national security.

Contents

Introduction
1. Into the Kur Hitukh
2. Soldiers and Sabras
3. Strangers In the Land of Their Fathers
4. Strange Orthodoxies and Quantum Secularities
5. Believers and Apostates
6. The Home Front
7. The Forgiven and the Forgotten
8. Business as Usual
9. Across the Green Line
10. Away from Zion
Glossary
Index

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