The Question of Zion

In The Question of Zion, Jacqueline Rose seeks to characterise Zionism as a collective
mental disorder induced by centuries of Jewish suffering. [1] She proposes to
subject it to psychoanalysis in order to reveal the manner in which the trauma of
persecution in diaspora led to the displacement of rage, shame, and helplessness
onto innocent Palestinian victims who had no part in the European abuse to
which Israelis have been responding in the course of their history. She invites us
to see Jewish settlement in pre-State Palestine, the creation of Israel, and much of
contemporary Israeli society as the fruits of a political movement that internalised
the violence to which Jews were subjected in Europe and fashioned it into an engine
for dispossessing the Palestinians.

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