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Occupied Minds A Journey Through the Israeli Psyche

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ISBN-10: 0745323650

ISBN-13: 9780745323657

Edition: 2006

Authors: Arthur Neslen

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"Arthur Neslen¹s sharp insights into the Israeli Jewish mentality are a must read for anyone wishing to understand that society beyond simplistic and reductionist descriptions." Ilan Pappe, author of A History of Modern Palestine: One Land, Two Peoples "This book is a fascinating journey through the Israeli Jewish psyche in its multiple manifestations. It invites us to understand the Israeli predicament through Israeli eyes." Ghada Karmi, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter "Brutal and searingly honest accounts. ... A compelling book." Yvonne Ridley, Political editor of the Islam Channel 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 victimising 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. They chart the evolution of a communal self-image based on cultural and religious values towards one formed around a single militaristic imperative: national security. Arthur Neslen was until recently the London correspondent for Aljazeera.net and the website's only Jewish journalist. For five years he was Red Pepper Magazine's international editor and between 2001 and 2004, he worked as a broadcast journalist at the BBC. He has also written for publications including the Guardian, the Independent, the Observer, the New Statesman and Private Eye.
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Book details

List price: $33.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Pluto Press
Publication date: 3/20/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.75" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Arthur Neslenhas written about the Middle East for theGuardian, Observer, Haaretz, the Jane's information group and, as a correspondent, for the websites of theEconomistand al-Jazeera. He is also the author ofOccupied Minds: A Journey through the Israeli Psyche.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Into the Kur Hitukh
No particular place to go
A greater sense of security
Our real name should be Jews
Happy as a Jew in France
They teach them to hate us
Soldiers and Sabras
Sometimes you feel as if you are the lord of this country
The era of the wall and the tower
Defence of the motherland is absolute
Just a good soldier
From the depths I call out to you
Strangers in the Land of their Fathers
I am nothing and nothing that hurts me counts
The fear that someone will recognise me
I am the actor
No fear in Dimona
The sun had to reverse
Strange Orthodoxies and quantum Secularities
Like a switch had been clicked
There is a chain
Then we're the oldest
Everybody is the Messiah
The roots of faith
A big plate of scrambled eggs
Believers and Apostates
Suddenly I found myself alone
We have no counter-experiment
On the tombs of very old people, evil will be sad
The Pope may speak hebrew, but he will not be a Jew
Beside the honey, you have the sting
The Home Front
A fish can't live out of water
The person who doesn't really exist
A society needs this kind of valve
Amputees of the soul
Where is your guard?
My little Holocaust
The Forgiven and the Forgotten
You can't weigh pain
The soul is in the blood
Two graves
Part of the same flow
The meaning of time
Business as Usual
Meaning making
Don't trust anyone
Work enables life
The movement decided for us
She's in parties
This is a nation that wants a war
Across the Green Line
A foothold to hang on to
We have nuclear weapons to prevent another Holocaust
Intelligence is a dirty business
Waiting for a miracle
To love my Palestinian neighbours
Away from Zion
Something we lost along the way
Glossary
Index