Oslo Syndrome

At first, The Oslo Syndrome was simply the title of a 2005 book by Kenneth Levin: 'The Oslo Syndrome: Delusions of a People Under Siege'. It's name reflects the Oslo Accords, a series of agreements between Israel and the Palestinians, aimed at peace and autonomy for the Palestinians.

In the book, the writer applies psychiatric insights to the Arab-Israel conflict by arguing that Israel's reaction to Arab hostility is a corollary of the Stockholm syndrome in which hostages come to identify and empathize with their captors. But the concept applies to all groups as it is a basic human psychological phenomenon, which is related both to the Stockholm Syndrome and the Battered Child Syndrome.

While Levin seems to know what he's talking about – he is a clinical instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and maintains a private practice in psychiatry – he fails to see that the Arab community is also held hostage by their own twisted sense of injustice.

Remember: feeling victimized results in huge donations from the richer parts of the Arab world. That's why rockets will be launched indiscriminately onto Israeli territory when there are signs of approaching peace. It pays to be a victim.

What Levin is trying to say in his book is that when a specific group of people is subjected to constant hatred, demonization and abuse, some in the group will often have their spirits broken and be beaten down like whipped dogs, and they’ll lose self-esteem and group-esteem, feel worthless and be full of despair.

He's right, of course, but this particular hatred comes from within. Not from the Israeli. Read a Palestinian newspaper or visit a Palestinian who is constantly encouraged to kill Jews and destroy America by official imams whose vile sermons are broadcast on media that is controlled by Hamas.

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