From Shrine to Forum: Masada and the Politics of Jewish Extremism

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dc.contributor.author Sasson, Theodore en_US
dc.contributor.author Kelner, Shaul en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2008-10-24T19:09:27Z
dc.date.available 2008-10-24T19:09:27Z
dc.date.issued 2008-05-01 en_US
dc.identifier 176 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10192/23018
dc.description Zionist collective memory has long associated Masada with the struggle to secure Jewish sovereignty over the land of Israel. This article examines the effects of the political upheavals of the Oslo and post-Oslo periods on the meanings ascribed to Masada. It documents the popularity of a critical counter-narrative in tour guides’ presentations of Masada to diaspora Jewish tourists. Directly informed by memories of the Rabin assassination, this critical counter-narrative emphasizes the dangers posed by Jewish extremists adhering to messianic religious ideologies. The focus on internal rather than external threats to Jewish sovereignty represents a sharp break with past framings of Masada’s meaning. The paper discusses the implications for the study of political culture and collective memory. en_US
dc.relation.ispartof en_US
dc.subject.other Israel en_US
dc.subject.other Taglit-Birthright Israel
dc.title From Shrine to Forum: Masada and the Politics of Jewish Extremism en_US
dc.type Articles en_US
dc.contributor.department Maurice and Marilyn Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies en_US
dc.contributor.department Steinhardt Social Research Institute en_US


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