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Israel's Death HierarchyCasualty Aversion in a Militarized Democracy$
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Yagil Levy

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814753347

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814753347.001.0001

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Bereavement-Motivated Collective Actors

Bereavement-Motivated Collective Actors

(p.71) 3 Bereavement-Motivated Collective Actors
Israel's Death Hierarchy

Yagil Levy

NYU Press

This chapter examines the limitations faced by Israel despite the implementation of a balancing strategy that redistributed the military burden. To this end, the chapter analyzes the link between the social composition of the Israel Defense Force and bereavement-incited collective action. In particulart, it discusses three appearances of bereaved-motivated collective actors: the Four Mothers movement, which contributed to Israel's decision to end its involvement in Lebanon in 2000; parents' reactions to the Al-Aqsa Intifada (2000–2005); and the protests that emerged following the Second Lebanon War (2006). It considers how Four Mothers reshaped the bereavement discourse in Israel by arguing that soldiers deserved no less security than did civilians along the border. Finally, it explores issues surrounding casualties suffered during Operation Cast Lead, an Israeli offensive launched on the Gaza Strip in December 2008.

Keywords:   soldiers, Israel Defense Force, bereavement, collective action, Four Mothers movement, Lebanon, Al-Aqsa Intifada, Second Lebanon War, Operation Cast Lead, collective actors

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