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The struggles of ‘Isreality’: Dynamic identity change and social movement participation among Israeli refusers. Eden Tosch & John Drury Department of Psychology: University of Sussex. The decision is made alone, by any soldier, not necessarily by activists. Trajectory of Radicalization.
Eden Tosch & John Drury Department of Psychology: University of Sussex
by any soldier,
not necessarily by activists
(ESIM; Drury & Reicher, 2000; Reicher, 1996a, b, 2001; Stott & Reicher, 1998)
…and you love your country blindless, you know. –J
a big part is Israeli society is thinking “traitors” (laughter). Or terrorists—lots of people think that. I mean, I am sure that people think that they should be hanged… –O
And I think that the reason I am not the same (as a friend who emigrated) is because I’m so connected. Because I see myself as an Israeli and I, in some place in my heart, I don’t want to give up (…) and so the answer is yes, that’s what made me, able to sacrifice all that: Because I feel this connection, ‘cause many people blame me as, you know, as a traitor, you know ‘you hate your own’, you know, ‘you hate yourself’, ‘you hate your people’.—S
I was brought up on the zionistic notions. But the first time i really felt ‘one with the cause’ for me it was very, can i say– shaping experience? It really… it really shaped me. –A
I think you don’t really have a choice … I think, I don’t think I wanted to—at the beginning at least I didn’t really thought about this—‘let’s, let’s go and shout this everywhere.’
But since--- everybody had something to say about it, everyone I knew had something to say about it, you know, (…) you come to be a spokes-person whether you want it or not. Later it developed into a situation where… I, I’m happy to speak. –O
Reicher, S. (1996) Social identity and social change: Rethinking the context of social psychology. In Robinson, W.P. ed. Social groups and identities: Developing the legacy of Henri Tajfel. Oxford, Butterworth-Heinemann.
An ex-pilot, and reservist of many years S:
‘I’m just, my heart now is, is now with the weak side’
A 21-year-old woman, D speaks somewhat tongue-in-cheek:
‘I’m on the side that hates me.’
And those people were in my mind you know, all the time,
like an open eye inside my mind, looking at my lips, not saying that ‘I’m a pilot’.
So this is some kind of a connection, a relation with Palestinians but I was not friend of them or something, but I think it was another important part on this process.–S