Socio-psychological implications for an occupying society: The case of israel

Eran Halperin, Daniel Bar-Tal, Keren Sharvit, Nimrod Rosler, Amiram Raviv

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Although prolonged occupation of a nation is no longer a common phenomenon, where it does exist, it bears harsh implications for all parties involved. This article examines the socio-psychological implications of occupation on the occupying society, using the case of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip since 1967 as an example. The article first delineates the concept of occupation from a socio-psychological perspective, which supplements the legal-formal aspect. The authors then propose a conceptual framework that analyzes the psychology of the occupying society. Within this framework, they describe the psychological challenges that the occupation may pose to the members of the occupying society. Next, they introduce psychological mechanisms that members of an occupying society may use in order to avoid facing these challenges. Finally, they offer a number of ideas regarding the relationship between these mechanisms and the process of ending the occupation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-70
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Peace Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Denial
  • Group domination
  • Image threat
  • Israeli-Palestinian conflict
  • Moral emotions
  • Prolonged occupation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Safety Research
  • Political Science and International Relations


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