Militarism

Militarism is a prevalent ideology which upholds the military as sacred, an ideology which glorifies military values and the war ethos, irrespective of the actual state of security. In a militaristic society the military is revered, it’s leaders held in the highest regard, and in turn the military’s norms and values pervade and dominate the civil society, in areas such as education, entertainment, urban space, social services, family life, etc..
The Jewish society in Israel perceives military action as normal, and wars as unavoidable. It is a society in which integration in society is conditioned on military service, which is framed as both a burden and a social duty one mustn’t avoid. A society in whose towns and cities it is common to see armed soldiers roam the streets, where parks are decorated with war memorabilia and streets are commonly named after wars, battles, military units and generals. A society which views other nations as either for us or against us. A society in which women would never be full, equal members in the political process because they are excluded from positions of power within the military.
This section of the site features articles concerning militarism in Israeli society. It features outtakes from the media, an online exhibition and lectures on the subject, as well as a global perspective of this phenomenon.
Ruth L. Hiller (2/7/14)
Recently I received a petition, created by a group of 40 mothers, stating very clearly, “We do not wish to hand our boys to the IOF” (Israeli Occupation Forces), and calling for social responsibility and the end of Israel’s occupation of Palestine.
tags: parenthood
Albert Givol (9/1/14)

This week, the army joins hands with Rishon Lezion Mayor Dov Zur to motivate residents of Ethiopian descent to enlist - by sending their mothers to a day of basic training.

 

tags: a shot of militarism
Albert Givol (28/12/13)

Each week, "A Shot of Militarism" will deliver a picture taken from the Israeli media, embodying an expression of militarism. We will highlight the militarism inherent in each picture and contextualize it, to give you a peak from the inside into what shapes Israelis' perceptions. Enjoy.

tags: a shot of militarism
Albert Givol (28/12/13)

Each week, "A Shot of Militarism" will deliver a picture taken from the Israeli media, embodying an expression of militarism. We will highlight the militarism inherent in each picture and contextualize it, to give you a peak from the inside into what shapes Israelis' perceptions. Enjoy.

tags: a shot of militarism
Mirjam Hadar Meerschwam (2/12/13)

My computer, today, is still at Tel Aviv police headquarters where it stayed after my two-hour interrogation last week. I am not given, I believe, to conspiracy thinking but the thought crossed my mind, comically rather, whether I’d ever written anything unkind about my neighbor or his family.

 

This morning, when I brought my girl to school, the neighbour on our left just came out of his house. We greeted each other. I have known for years that he 

does something vague “in computers” and has lived abroad, doing something 

tags: New Profile under investigation
Naomi Benbassat (2/12/13)
השבוע תמלא שנה למבצע "עמוד ענן", ובעוד כחודש ימלאו חמש שנים למבצע "עופרת יצוקה". כתושבת מה שמכונה "עוטף עזה", נדמה כי החיים שלנו מתנהלים בין מבצעים ולקראת סבבים: סגר, מצור, קסאמים, פצמ"רים, הפגזות מן האוויר, כניסות קרקעיות, סיכולים ממוקדים, גראדים, מנהרות. זוהי השגרה באזורנו כבר יותר מעשר שנים.

Rela Mazali (7/3/13)
“‘And What About the Girls?’: What a Culture of War Genders Out of View,” Nashim:A Journal of Jewish Women’s Studies and Gender Issues, (forthcoming 2003).An analysis of how Israel's militarized culture marginalizes and erases risks to, and act
tags: gender and militarism
Poppy Kohner (5/3/13)

The following article is based upon two months fieldwork in Palestine/Israel in 2010, based upon ethnographic research and interviews with refusers of military service in the Israeli Defence Force.  It examines notions of statehood, citizenship and militarism in Israel, and explores the political affect of refusers of military service in recent years.

tags: militarism
Rela Mazali (23/2/13)

The following piece is abbreviated, adapted and updated from a keynote speech at the conference: Jewish Unity for a Just Peace, May 5-7, 2001, Chicago.

 

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