Militarism is a prevalent ideology which upholds the military as sacred, an ideology which glorifies military values and the war ethos, irrespective of the actual state of security. In a militaristic society the military is revered, it’s leaders held in the highest regard, and in turn the military’s norms and values pervade and dominate the civil society, in areas such as education, entertainment, urban space, social services, family life, etc..
The Jewish society in Israel perceives military action as normal, and wars as unavoidable. It is a society in which integration in society is conditioned on military service, which is framed as both a burden and a social duty one mustn’t avoid. A society in whose towns and cities it is common to see armed soldiers roam the streets, where parks are decorated with war memorabilia and streets are commonly named after wars, battles, military units and generals. A society which views other nations as either for us or against us. A society in which women would never be full, equal members in the political process because they are excluded from positions of power within the military.
This section of the site features articles concerning militarism in Israeli society. It features outtakes from the media, an online exhibition and lectures on the subject, as well as a global perspective of this phenomenon.
Mirjam Hadar Meerschwam (9/5/09)
Intimidation, I am learning these days, is when you find that the law can turn against you: This does not come as a surprise to me: I live in a security-dominated country in which Palestinian citizens already live under a different interpretation and dispensation of the same law that still mostly protects someone like me. But now that I have been interrogated by a man called Amichai (literally: “My people live”) my knowledge has an added dimension: It takes a while into my interrogator’s list of questions until I figure out that this exchange is not conducted under the usual rules of conversation, of civilian communication. Nothing in my life has prepared me for this: every word I say not only freezes immediately (later I’ll have to sign the protocol and it feels as though I sign my words away, cut their lifeline) – it can and may well be used against me. In view of the misreading I mentioned before, I stand warned: even grammar stops counting here.
tags: Investigation investigated, New Profile under investigation
anonymous (17/2/03)
My own life story is in many ways the embodiment of the militarization process endemic of Zionist Israeli society since its first generation in Palestine.
tags: testimonies
Ruth L. Hiller (13/6/01)
My story is in many ways started out as a very common one. But it turned into one that is very unique. I would like to share it with you today.
tags: testimonies
Rela Mazali (13/5/99)
Israelis often describe their society as "child-oriented". Given the evidence, is this indeed the case? Or is it in fact a society that devalues children and youth?
tags: militarism in the family