Chapter

Disturbing Doubling

Joyce Dalsheim

in Unsettling Gaza

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199751204
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895014 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751204.003.0002
Disturbing Doubling

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This chapter focuses on how each of the groups in conflict in this study represents itself to itself, by comparing field trips for high school students that narrate the past and the present, performing continuity with a younger generation. Settlers in the Gaza Strip represent the present in the occupied territories as a continuation of the socialist Zionist foundations of the state. The secular Left expresses outrage at this representation by religious settlers as they seek to differentiate between pre-state history and the current occupation in post-1967 territories. This desire to differentiate protects a sense of moral legitimacy, which is threatened by right-wing settler representations of continuity. This is the threat that lies at the heart of the antagonism between settlers on both sides of the Green Line, which is analyzed by using the Freudian concept of a narcissism of minor differences.

Keywords: history; narrate the past; narcissism of minor differences; settlers; Gaza Strip; Socialist; Zionist; secular; religious

Chapter.  6336 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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