'Occupy Israel': A Tale of Startling Success and Hopeful Failure

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Abstract

In between the Arab Spring and the US Occupy movement, Israel has had its share in demonstrating the people's power against unjust authority in general and socioeconomic wrongs in particular. This paper analyzes the context, rapid growth and yet swift abatement of the Israeli protest-tent summer of 2011. I argue that the reasons for the shortly lived Israeli protest summer related more to difficulties in coping with intra-movement challenges, framing alignment and a relatively 'closed' political environment, and less to the omnipresent security complex and militarized political culture, which has repeatedly been suppressing other episodes in Israel's history.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)402-407
Number of pages6
JournalSocial Movement Studies
Volume11
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2012

Bibliographical note

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Eitan Y. Alimi is an assistant professor of Political Sociology in the Department of Political Science, the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from Boston College, USA. His research interests include social movements and contentious politics, conflict dynamics and processes, and political violence and terrorism. His recent publications include articles in British Journal of Political Science, Sociological Forum, Political Studies, Mobilization, Theory and Society, Comparative Politics, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism and International Political Science Review. He is the author of Israeli Politics and the First Palestinian Intifada—Political Opportunities, Framing Processes and Contentious Politics, published by Routledge in 2007."

Keywords

  • Protest
  • encampments
  • framing
  • political opportunity
  • security threat

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