Who Is Afraid of Historical Redress?

Who Is Afraid of Historical Redress?

The Israeli Victim-perpetrator Dichotomy

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Academic Studies Press
With the Holocaust resonating as the "thick background," historical redress processes in Israel render a particularly challenging case. The simultaneous concern the Jewish community has with past, present and future redress campaigns, as both victim and perpetrator, is unique. Who is Afraid of Historical Redress analyzes three cases of historical redress in Israel: the Yemeni children affair, the tinea capitis irradiations and the claims for the return of native land of the two Christian Palestinian villages of Iqrit and Bir'em. All three cases were redressed under the juridical edifice of legal thought and action. The outcomes suggest that these processes were insufficient for achieving closure by the victims, atonement by those responsible and reconciliation among social groups.

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Given the identity of Israel as a refuge for Holocaust victims, claims for redress of historical wrongs committed by its democratic government pose legal, ethical, and social dilemmas. Amir (political science, Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel) examines reparation politics in several case studies of historical injustices perpetuated by Israeli governments or state-associated agencies. He deconstructs patterns of suppression of injustices in cases involving: the whereabouts of Yemeni immigrants' young children in the 1950s, former immigrants suffering from the effects of radiation treatment for skin conditions, the expropriation of two Christian Palestinian villages during the 1948 war, exclusion of blood donations by Ethiopian immigrants, and reparations for Holocaust survivors. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Boston : Academic Studies Press, 2012
ISBN: 9781618110763
Characteristics: 1 online resource (302 pages)


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