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Title: A queer way out : Israeli emigration and unheroic resistance to Zionism
Author: Amit, Hila
ISNI:       0000 0004 6061 6667
Awarding Body: SOAS University of London
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 2016
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At the juncture of sexuality, politics and national belonging, this research investigates the connections between the Israeli nation and its outcasts, and between social exclusion and departure. Based on 42 interviews with queer Israeli emigrants, as well as exploration of online platforms and popular texts, this dissertation suggests viewing Israeli emigration as a political activity directed at the Zionist regime. The focus on queer subjects enables an investigation of an extreme case of resistance and antagonism to Zionist ideology and social conventions in Israel, such as reproduction, army service, and emigration. This research argues that in departing, queer Israelis undermine Zionist ideology, as well as change the obvious paths of resistance to Zionism. This dissertation will demonstrate that the decision to emigrate stems from recognising the vulnerability of the emigrants, who no longer could take the hardship of the life offered to them in Israel. The very act of announcing their vulnerability undermines the entire system. In stepping out of the territory of the state of Israel, they avoid the Zionist demand to perform as strong, masculine Sabras. Likewise, the left-wing resistance to the state demands similar strength - taking part in violent demonstrations and risking imprisonment and getting physically hurt. In a reality which values courage, heroism, total obedience and masculinity on both sides of the political spectrum, acts of weakness, desertion, evasion, and vulnerability will be read here as politically significant. Queer forms of departure symbolise a refusal to answer Zionism in the currency of heroism and active resistance.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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