By Arthur Neslen
Arthur Neslen’s sharp insights into the Israeli Jewish mentality are a needs to learn for someone wishing to appreciate that society past simplistic and reductionist descriptions.Ilan Pappe, writer of A background of contemporary Palestine: One Land, Peoples"This ebook is an engaging trip throughout the Israeli Jewish psyche in its a number of manifestations. It invitations us to appreciate the Israeli quandary via Israeli eyes."Ghada Karmi, Institute of Arab and Islamic stories, college of Exeter"Brutal and searingly sincere debts. ... A compelling book."Yvonne Ridley, Political editor of the Islam ChannelIsrael's founders sought to create a kingdom of latest Jews who might by no means back move meekly to the loss of life camps. but Israel's power has turn into synonymous with an oppression of the Palestinians that provokes anger during the Muslim international and past. How are Israelis in a position to see themselves as sufferers whereas victimising others? What does Israeli Jewish id suggest today?Arthur Neslen explores the dynamics, distortions and impressive variety of Israeli society. From the mouths of infantrymen, settlers, intercourse employees and the sufferers of suicide assaults, Occupied Minds is the tale of a countrywide psyche that has develop into scarred by way of psychological protection obstacles, emotional checkpoints and displaced outposts of self-righteousness and aggression. From vignettes to in-depth interviews, greater than fifty Israelis provide their debts. What they display is in flip robust, haunting, refined and aggravating. Illustrated all through with pictures, this special publication deals an unrivalled perception into Israeli realization, inner most and public. It charts the evolution of a communal self-image in line with cultural and spiritual values in the direction of one shaped round a unmarried militaristic relevant: nationwide safety.
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Seven of my father’s brothers and sisters were killed when the Vichy regime began deporting Jews. I never understood why my grandfather didn’t immigrate to Israel. 20. Joe Berkofsky, ‘More than a quarter of French Jews considering emigration, poll says’, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, 25 March 2003. 26 Occupied Minds David Weizman. Photo by Arthur Neslen Into the Kur Hitukh 27 There’s a Yiddish expression, ‘happy as a Jew in France’. 21 As a young boy, I dreamt of coming to live in Israel. At school I fought with classmates who told me that the Jews should all have died in the camps.
Here, I’m the French (laughs). I don’t have a problem with that. I mean the Jew has to speak many 30 Occupied Minds languages and that’s very good for the brain. I speak also German, French, Hebrew and Polish. Yiddish? No, in fact when I arrived in my ulpan class, on the ﬁrst day, I couldn’t understand a word of Hebrew. ’ The ﬁrst word I learned in the ulpan was milchama, which means war. I arrived in the context of the second Iraqi conﬂict and that was nothing special. ’ You can’t tell. But Israel is a very tolerant place.
I mean people died to build Israel. Six million people died in the Holocaust just so I could be a Jew, right? It’s immoral not to be a warrior when you can be. There is no real discrimination against Mizrahim in the army. Anybody can be anything. I passed a test to be a pilot but I didn’t want to do that because I thought it’d be boring. It wasn’t ‘in’ and I wasn’t from a highly respected background. I was from a regular family in Kiryat Gat and I had no connections. But I really believe that discrimination is just an excuse for people who don’t get on with things.
Occupied Minds: A Journey Through the Israeli Psyche by Arthur Neslen