The Politics of 'Over-Victimization' - Palestinian Proprietary Claims in the Service of Political Goals
19 Israel Affairs 488-504 (2013)
29 Pages Posted: 20 Jun 2013 Last revised: 24 Aug 2016
Date Written: June 18, 2013
The ‘over-victimization syndrome’ is a tendency to present an embellished picture of the damage caused to a party in order to enhance public support. It affects the presentation of Palestinian political claims in few contemporary actual legal proprietary issues: Israeli settlements on private Palestinian land in the West Bank, Israel's policy towards Palestinian tenants in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem, and the rehabilitation of the Neirab Palestinian refugee camp in Syria. The article argues that the syndrome leads to both political bias and more unnecessary suffering.
Keywords: Palestinians, Israel, Arab–Israeli conflict, land law, private property, settlements, media abuse, political abuse, West Bank, East Jerusalem, refugees' camps, rehabilitation, resettlement, right of return, Syria
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