The Impacts of Lasting Occupation: Lessons from Israeli Society

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Protracted occupation has become a rare phenomenon in the 21st century. One notable exception is Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, which began over four decades ago after the Six-Day War in 1967. While many studies have examined the effects of occupation on the occupied society, which bears most of the burdens of occupation, this book directs its attention to the occupiers. The effects of occupation on the occupying society are not always easily observed, and are therefore difficult to study. Yet through their analysis, the authors of this volume show how occupation has detrimental effects on the occupiers. The effects of occupation do not stop in the occupied territories, but penetrate deeply into the fabric of the occupying society. The Impacts of Lasting Occupation examines the effects that Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories have had on Israeli society. The consequences of occupation are evident in all aspects of Israeli life, including its political, social, legal, economic, cultural, and psychological spheres. Occupation has shaped Israel's national identity as a whole, in addition to the day-to-day lives of Israeli citizens. Daniel Bar-Tal and Izhak Schnell have brought together a wide range of academic experts to show how occupation has led to the deterioration of democracy and moral codes, threatened personal security, and limited economic growth in Israel.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The text is often highly technical, but even if the lay reader finds some passages a bit challenging, those passages reward the reader with detailed information and in-depth analysis that are mostly missing from media coverage. Indeed, it is not too much to say that anyone who holds an opinion on the occupation, one way or the other, ought to read The Impacts of Lasting Occupation, to test his or her own opinions." — Jonathan Kirsch,

"Nevertheless, the book's innovation is not in its answer to the question, How does the occupation affect society? The answer may be summarized in two words that have long since become a cliché: Occupation corrupts. Instead, the uniqueness and importance of the collection lies in the broad, extensive description of the "how": how corruption takes place and how it affects almost every aspect of the life and identity of the occupying society, to the extent of transforming it into a new Israeli identity. This important book, as well as the political reality reflected in Jerusalem's election campaign, should serve as an additional warning sign for those Israelis who, like most of the experts who contributed to the book, want to preserve Israel's democratic and moral identity along with its Jewish and liberal values." —Al-Monitor

"This is an ambitious assessment of the detrimental effects on Israel of its 45-year occupation of Palestinian territories. In his foreword, Michael Walzer appropriately calls the book's 24 contributors 'enemies of the occupation' for their harshly critical analysis of the blowback of Israeli rule on all aspects of the country's public life. The contributors make a strong case that ending the occupation is in Israel's self-interest. This profoundly thoughtful book is must reading for scholars, politicians, diplomats, and readers seeking peace. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readership levels." —R. H. Dekmejian, CHOICE

"It should have become obvious that we are not dealing here with a pro-Palestinian or for that matter anti-Israeli publication, but with a strictly academic yet fully committed attempt at opening the eyes of the Israeli citizens to the negative implications of the lasting occupation for themselves. We may argue that this contradiction between ethnic nationalism, religious fundamentalism and democratic secular humanism had by that time already been exposed as a result of the Nakba, the dispossession of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians between 1947 and 1949, but this does not in the least diminish the pertinence nor the urgency of the present compelling study." —Ludo Abicht, Politics, Culture and Socialization

"This recently published book is part of the Series in Political Psychology. The multi-dimensional study presents an original conceptual framework that focuses on the impact of protracted occupation on the occupying society. It provides a systematic and comprehensive analysis of the influence of ongoing occupation of the Palestinian Territories on political, social, economic, cultural and psychological aspects of life of the Israelis. Leading Israeli scholars address the fundamentals of occupation as well as its political, societal and cultural effects. This innovative study presents the extent of social and political deterioration of the occupying society on Israel society." —Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics, and Culture

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199862184
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/7/2012
  • Series: Series in Political Psychology Series
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 1,481,865
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Bar-Tal is Branco Weiss Professor of Research in Child Development and Education in the School of Education at Tel Aviv University. His research in political and social psychology focuses on the socio-psychological foundations of intractable conflicts and peacemaking. Bar-Tal has published twenty books and over two hundred book chapters and articles that have appeared in major social and political psychology journals. He has served as President of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP) and received various prizes for his work, including ISPP's Harold Lasswell Award, given for distinguished scientific contributions in the field of political psychology, and ISPP's Nevitt Sanford Award, recognizing the practical application of political psychological principles and the creation of knowledge used by practitioners to make a positive difference in the way in which politics is carried out.

Izhak Schnell is Professor in the Department of Geography and Human Environment at Tel Aviv University. His work focuses on understanding the transitions caused by Arab urbanization, as well as Arab industrial entrepreneurship. Schnell's current research analyzes the structure of social space in a globalized world. He developed novel models to understand socio-spatial lifestyles, segregation, and community in globalizing spaces. He has written 8 books, edited 11 books and journal issues, and written over 100 articles in prestigious journals in geography and science. Schnell has also organized 8 major conferences, including the meeting of the International Association of Geographers in 2010.

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Table of Contents

Occupied and Occupiers—The Israeli Case
Daniel Bar-Tal and Izhak Schnell

Part I: Fundamentals of Occupation

Chapter 1
The Law of Belligerent Occupation as a System of Control: Dressing up Exploitation in Respectable Garb
David Kretzmer

Chapter 2
Is There a Controversy about the Morality of the Occupation and its Implications?
Marcelo Dascal

Chapter 3
Geographical Ramifications of the Occupation on Israeli Society
Izhak Schnell

Chapter 4
Psychological Legitimization -Views of the Israeli Occupation by Jews in Israel: Data and Implications
Tamir Magal, Neta Oren, Daniel Bar-Tal, and Eran Halperin

Part II: Political Effects of Occupation

Chapter 5
The Occupation and Israeli Democracy
Yaron Ezrahi

Chapter 6
The Occupation and its Effect on the Israel Defense Forces
Reuven Pedatzur

Chapter 7
Intra-Domestic Bargaining over the Lands and the Future: Israel's Policy toward the 1967 Occupied Territories
Gideon Doron and Maoz Rosenthal

Chapter 8
The Impact of the Occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip on the Political Discourse of the Palestinians in Israel Muhammad Amara and Mohanad Mustafa

Part III: Societal Effects of Occupation

Chapter 9
The Wallkeepers: Monitoring the Israeli-Arab Conflict
Dan Caspi with Danny Rubinstein

Chapter 10
Economic Cost of the Occupation
Shir Hever

Chapter 11
Gendering the Discourse of Occupation: A Sociological Perspective
Hanna Herzog

Chapter 12
The Psychological and Moral Consequences for Israeli Society of the Occupation of Palestinian Land
Charles W. Greenbaum and Yoel Elizur

Part IV: Cultural Effects of Occupation

Chapter 13
Appealing to Enlightened Self Interest: The Impact of Occupation on Human Rights within Israel
Edward (Edy) Kaufman

Chapter 14
The Occupation as Represented in the Arts in Israel
Dan Urian

Chapter 15
Vocabulary and the Discourse on the 1967 Territories
Nadir Tsur

The Occupied Territories as a Cornerstone in the Reconstruction of Israeli Society
Izhak Schnell and Daniel Bar-Tal

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