Fundamentally Settlers?

Joyce Dalsheim

in Unsettling Gaza

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199751204
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895014 | DOI:
Fundamentally Settlers?

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This chapter sets out the conflict between religiously motivated, right-wing Jewish settlers and left-wing secular Jewish Israelis opposed to settlement in post-1967 territories. The book contends that the intense antagonism expressed between these groups is located less in their differences than in a desire to differentiate, best understood as a kind of narcissism of minor differences. Without claiming that there are no differences between Left and Right, secular and religious, and those who disagree about settlement in the occupied territories, this chapter shows that focusing on those differences conceals the depth of commonalities that fuels hatred and intolerance between these groups. The conditions of possibility of this apparent conflict and what these sets of discourses and practices enable are elaborated in the remainder of the book. This chapter also introduces the reader to the field of Gush Katif and the Eshkol Region and to the methods of this ethnographic study; it also provides overviews of the rest of the book.

Keywords: Israeli settlers; Gush Katif; ethnography; antagonism; desire to differentiate; narcissism of minor differences

Chapter.  12476 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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