The author of Occupied Minds: A Journey Into the Israeli Psyche talks about the racialization of Israeli society and how it played out in the Israeli elections. Describing the history and context of this election, Neslen explains Israel’s strong move to the right. “If you look back over the history of Israel’s wars, of Israel’s elections, I don’t think [Avigdor] Lieberman is as far off the map as he’s been presented.” Speaking to Avigdor Lieberman’s proposal of having Arab-Israelis swear allegiance to a Jewish state, Neslen says that “it’s extremely racist by all accounts, but it’s not that far off what other politicians have suggested.”

Arthur Neslen

Arthur Neslen is the author of Occupied Minds: A Journey Through the Israeli Psyche. He is currently writing a book about Palestinian identity. Between 2004-2008, he lived in Tel Aviv and Ramallah, writing about the Middle East for the Economist.com, Jane's information group, the Observer, the Guardian, Aljazeera.net, Haaretz and many others