The Banality of Denial

The Banality of Denial : Israel and the Armenian Genocide

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The Banality of Denial examines the current attitudes of the State of Israel and its leading institutions toward the Armenian Genocide. Israel's view of the Armenians and their tragedy has special significance and deserves an attentive study, as Israel is a country composed of a people who were victims of the Holocaust. The Banality of Denial seeks to examine the passive, indifferent Israeli attitude towards the Armenian Genocide, and explores active Israeli measures to undermine attempts at safeguarding the memory of the Armenian victims of the Turkish persecution. This volume is the second part of a project that examines Jewish-Israeli attitudes toward the Armenian Genocide. The first part, The Banality of Indifference: Zionism and the Armenian Genocide, was published by Transaction in 2000. Both books offer the reader an opportunity to explore a particular case of a general phenomenon that goes beyond the Armenian Genocide and the Jewish attitude: the reaction of the bystander who remains on the sidelines while known atrocities take place. The Banality of Denial also explores Israeli attitudes - past and present - toward the phenomenon of genocide in general, including an analysis of concrete case studies, such as the tragedies in Tibet, and Rwanda. In The Banality of Denial - as in Auron's previous work - moral, philosophical, and theoretical questions are of paramount importance. Such an inquiry into attempts at denial by Israeli institutions and leading figures of Israel's political, security, academic, and Holocaust "memory-preservation" elite has not merely an academic significance. It has considerable political relevance, both symbolic and tangible. Because no previous studies have dealt with these or similar issues, an original methodology is employed to analyze the subject with regard to four spheres of attitudes towards the Armenian Genocide: the political, the educational, the media, and the academic. In many regards, this book is as much about Israeli society and Jewish values as it is about the Armenian Genocide per se.show more

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  • Hardback | 338 pages
  • 160 x 239.3 x 31.8mm | 680.4g
  • Taylor & Francis Inc
  • Transaction Publishers
  • Somerset, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0765801914
  • 9780765801913

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""The Banality of Indifference" and " The Banality of Denial" are groundbreaking works of scholarship and will soon become essential reading for students in a wide range of fields, including global politics, genocide studies, Zionism, and international ethics."- " Middle East Journal " -This new book describes Israeli attitudes toward the phenomenon of genocide in general, including Biafra, Tibet, the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. Taken together with [Auron's] earlier book, The Banality of Indifference, both works offer an opportunity to explore a subject of great contemporary relevance.- --The Armenian Weekly -Auron has written a well-informed, very enlightening, and courageous bookA. Chapters on how Israeli media, high school and university education, and research treat--or decline to discuss--the Armenian genocide are exemplary. Because the study of genocides and related violationsAis an increasingly important part of high school and university curricula, this is a timely and indispensable book.- --Choice -The Banality of Indifference and The Banality of Denial are groundbreaking works of scholarship and will soon become essential reading for students in a wide range of fields, including global politics, genocide studies, Zionism, and international ethics.- --Middle East Journal "This new book describes Israeli attitudes toward the phenomenon of genocide in general, including Biafra, Tibet, the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. Taken together with [Auron's] earlier book, The Banality of Indifference, both works offer an opportunity to explore a subject of great contemporary relevance." --The Armenian Weekly "Auron has written a well-informed, very enlightening, and courageous bookA. Chapters on how Israeli media, high school and university education, and research treat--or decline to discuss--the Armenian genocide are exemplary. Because the study of genocides and related violationsAis an increasingly important part of high school and university curricula, this is a timely and indispensable book." --Choice "The Banality of Indifference and The Banality of Denial are groundbreaking works of scholarship and will soon become essential reading for students in a wide range of fields, including global politics, genocide studies, Zionism, and international ethics." --Middle East Journal "This new book describes Israeli attitudes toward the phenomenon of genocide in general, including Biafra, Tibet, the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. Taken together with [Auron's] earlier book, "The Banality of Indifference," both works offer an opportunity to explore a subject of great contemporary relevance." "--The Armenian Weekly" "Auron has written a well-informed, very enlightening, and courageous bookA. Chapters on how Israeli media, high school and university education, and research treat--or decline to discuss--the Armenian genocide are exemplary. Because the study of genocides and related violationsAis an increasingly important part of high school and university curricula, this is a timely and indispensable book." "--Choice" ""The Banality of Indifference" and "The Banality of Denial" are groundbreaking works of scholarship and will soon become essential reading for students in a wide range of fields, including global politics, genocide studies, Zionism, and international ethics." "--Middle East Journal "show more

About Yair Auron

Yair Auron is senior lecturer at The Open University of Israel and the Kibbutzim College of Education. He is the author, in Hebrew, of Jewish-Israeli Identity, We Are All German Jews, and Jewish Radicals in France During the Sixties and Seventies.show more

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