Occupied Minds

Occupied Minds : A Journey Through the Israeli Psyche

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"Arthur Neslen's 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. 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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 152 x 204 x 28mm | 621.43g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745323669
  • 9780745323664

About Arthur Neslen

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.show more

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Occupied Minds is meticulously and rigorously researched and referenced, with detailed footnotes. It is an excellent book for the serious general reader on the Isreali-Palestine/Arab conflict, giving a broad, comprehensive spectrum of people, a confluence of ideas and ideologies. For people who already have a certain depth of background understanding, clear of myths and misapprehensions, and to experts in this tragic conflict, it fills in the minutiae. -- Jewish Socialist [This book] is an important key to understanding the realities beyond the headlines. -- Internet Bookwatch Brutal and searingly honest accounts. ... A compelling book. -- Yvonne Ridley, Political editor of the Islam Channel Arthur Neslen's 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 Red Pepper is worth the price just for Arthur Neslen's investigative reports. -- Greg Palast This is a simple but profound exploration of the complexities and contradictions of Israel. Dissidence, anger and the desire for reform as well as the more familiar bigotry and hatred come through in the words (and silences) of a fascinating cross-section of Israeli Jews. Listening and responding to these voices is essential to the struggle for a just peace in the Middle East. Through his own efforts to understand, Neslen has produced an unequalled insight for all of us into this troubled and troubling society. -- Hilary Wainwright, Editor of Red Peppershow more

Table of 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 Indexshow more

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