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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), pp. 33-62.

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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.

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e-pub ahead of print date: May 2012
Published date: 1 May 2012
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.
Organisations: Southampton Law School, Law


Local EPrints ID: 180855
ISSN: 1474-9475
PURE UUID: 43d1e731-c6ff-4d4a-aa2c-456e36a6981c

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Date deposited: 14 Apr 2011 14:44
Last modified: 04 Oct 2017 13:14

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Author: Oren Ben-Dor

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