The recent violence in the occupied territories has raised significant questions about the impact on Israel as a nation and the Israelis as a people. Israel’s commitment to democratic norms and human rights has been a part of its identity for decades; however, the continuing occupation of territories seized in the 1967 Six-Day War and the discriminatory treatment of its Arab population in the name of security is challenging this identity. What does the continued occupation and these policies of discrimination mean to the Israeli people, the Jewish people, and the identities of both? Doug Becker speaks with Mira Sucharov, Brent Sasley and Joshua Shanes.

Mira Sucharov is a Professor of Political Science at Carlton University. She is an expert in Israeli-Palestine relations and is the author of The International Self: Psychoanalysis and the Search for Israeli-Palestinian Peace.

Brent Sasley is an Associate Professor in Political Science at the University of Texas, Arlington. He is an expert in international relations and Middle East politics and is the co-author of Politics in Israel: Governing a Complex.

Joshua Shanes is an Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and the Director of the Arnold Center for Israel Studies at the College of Charleston. He is an expert on Jewish political history and is the author of Diaspora Nationalism and Jewish Identity in Habsburg Galicia.



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