Occupied minds: philosophical reflections on Zionism, anti-Zionism and the Jewish prison

Ben-Dor, Oren (2012) Occupied minds: philosophical reflections on Zionism, anti-Zionism and the Jewish prison. Holy Land Studies, 11, (1), 33-62. (doi:10.3366/hls.2012.0028).


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This article employs philosophical existentialism to argue that anti-Zionism as currently configured avoid's existential pathologies of political Zionism – pathologies that pertain to Jewish being and thinking. Such anti-Zionism, whether advocated by secular or orthodox Jews, is complicit with the preservation of the same existential denial that imprisons the minds of Zionists – denial that has the collective stake of preserving these pathologies. The truncated discourses of anti-Semitism and ‘Jewish self-hatred’ are examined and critiqued. The article also calls for a bold assessment and reconfiguration of anti-Zionism and its transformation into a genuine and effective ethical discourse that can challenge and liberate current Jewish mental imprisonment.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.3366/hls.2012.0028
Additional Information: Followed by a response by Professor Mark Ellis, Professor of Jewish Thought, Beylor University, Texas: 'A Response: The Jewish [Prophetic] Prison', pp. 63-9.
ISSNs: 1474-9475 (print)
1750-0125 (electronic)
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BM Judaism
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Law
Faculty of Business and Law > Southampton Law School
ePrint ID: 180855
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2011 14:44
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 19:34
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/180855

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