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By Linn Normand

This booklet investigates demonization in overseas politics, really within the heart East. It argues that whereas demonization’s origins are spiritual, its endured presence is essentially political. Drawing upon examples from old and sleek conflicts, this paintings addresses key questions: Why do leaders demonize enemies whilst waging conflict? And what are the lasting affects on peacemaking? In delivering solutions to those inquiries, the writer applies old perception to twenty-first century clash. particular cognizance is given to Israel and Palestine because the writer argues that war-time demonization in coverage, media, and artwork is a mental and relational barrier in the course of peace talks.

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This point is crucial to understanding demonization because it was precisely the belief that evil spirits could inhabit the human body or corrupt the human mind that first gave rise to the Devil enemy charge. Deception was the Devil’s forte, and his master trick was to disguise himself and to appear where he was least 11 For more on Satan’s temptation of Christ and other apocalyptic battles in the New Testament, see for instance the Gospel of Matthews 25:34–46, Gospel of Mark 16:5–7 and 3:23–27, and Gospel of Luke 22:3.

According to Herbert C. Kelman, who dedicated over three decades to the conflict resolution between Israelis and Palestinians through his interactive problem-solving workshops, this “zero-sum” perception is at the “the psychological core” of the IsraeliPalestinian conflict “not only with respect to territory but also, most significantly, with respect to national identity and national existence. Each party perceived the very existence of the other—the other’s status as a nation—to be a threat to its own existence and status as a nation: Either we are a nation or they are.

The reactionary print (Fig. 6)49 is an illustrative case in point. It portrays the revolutionary sans-culottes during the French Revolution as entirely indigestible beings, even to the Devil. Alongside the intrastate demonization campaigns between status quo and revolutionary forces in France there also existed a French–English rivalry. The apocalyptic nature of the French Revolution is captured in Fig. 7,50 which portrays the beheading of Louis XVI in 1793. France 49 Indigestion of the Devil (artist unknown), Print, France: 1793.

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