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Has the occupation occupied Israel?

Crisis, Accountability, and Opportunity

Gershon Shafir

What happens to Israeli democracy when the simple tools of denial—silence, secrecy, and subversion—fail, as they inevitably do, to obscure the obstinate half-century long reality of occupation and Palestinian resistance to it? What happens when denialism—“the employment of rhetorical tactics to give the appearance of argument or legitimate debate, when in actuality there is none”—cannot build a cognitive wall high enough to keep out inconvenient truths. I will examine in this paper the backlash against the legacy of Israel’s liberal and human rights turn during the hopeful Oslo years.