Israel's actions evoke historical parallels, echoes past atrocities

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GAZA – Since October 7, the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF), has been killing Palestinian civilians and children, exploiting prisoners as drug test subjects, and burying them in mass graves as a form of compulsive repetition. All of which echo the atrocities committed by the Nazis against the Jewish population during the Holocaust from 1933 to 1945.اضافة اعلان

Compulsive repetition refers to an individual’s tendency to repeat experiences and events that cause them pain, expressing an unconscious need to relive early traumas, Al-Ghad reported.

According to psychologist, Dr. Mohammed Taha, in his book “Breaking Out of the Text,” the psychological analysis of compulsive repetition is based on four reasons:1. New people in old situations: When a person goes through difficult circumstances and harsh events in the past, unable to accept their ending, a compulsive desire arises to return to previous times, places, and stages to relive them as they should have been. In their mind, they are constructing scenarios of old memories with all their details, roles, and circumstances, ultimately believing they are manifesting a different outcome. In this case, they dress new characters in old roles, attempting to solve what they could not solve before.

2. I am the protagonist: The second scenario described by Dr. Taha involves a person who has experienced a situation where they felt weak, helpless, and powerless. They view themselves as defeated and broken. They aim to prove to themselves. They believe that compulsively repeating details of the events they lived through will create a new version of their personality, one that bests their old self.

3. I am the perpetrator, not the victim: The third reason is when a person experiences a strong shock in which they cannot accept being a victim of others. They rewind the tape of their life, compulsively repeating the same experience, but this time in the role of a fierce avenger seeking revenge.

4. I harbor a sense of self-guilt: Dr. Taha mentions that some individuals who have been hurt by others carry an inherent sense of guilt. They could not defend themselves at the time, believing they allowed the other party to hurt them. Consequently, the person punishes themselves by repeating the same events and derives pleasure from torturing themselves without compassion.

According to Psych Central, you exhibit compulsive repetition when you display one or more of the following behaviors:●Engaging in multiple harmful or toxic relationships during adolescence.
●Engaging in relationships with people who do not reciprocate emotional feelings.
●Repeating the same harmful behaviors without any change.

Furthermore, experts have proposed several theories to explain this type of behavior, including:
●Freud’s theory: Freud observed how "patients do not remember anything that caused them suffering and pain. They act and repeat events without conscious awareness that they are doing so.

Freud then explored the concept of compulsive repetition. In 1920, he discussed aspects of compulsive repetition behavior in an article titled “Beyond the Pleasure Principle.” One of the significant aspects he highlighted was how patients repeatedly bring back painful incidents in their minds, rather than recalling healthier memories from their past.

According to Freud, some individuals who cannot talk about past trauma or remember it express it through actions rather than words. “Those who do not remember past shocks may have a drive to compulsively repeat the repressed experience in their current lives.”
●Self-actualization: In this context, self-actualization means that a person who has experienced previous painful events reenacts the trauma as a coping mechanism and a path to healing. The problem with this choice is that re-enacting events rarely leads to self-actualization without proper treatment. Instead, individuals who have suffered psychological trauma often end up living a more traumatic life than before.
●Theory of hypersexual arousal: Scientists link hypersexual arousal to a neurological disorder affecting the entire central nervous system, leading to excessive nerve stimulation, especially in the reproductive organs. This type of response can hinder a person’s ability to make rational judgments. Moreover, this disorder is among the causes of other psychological conditions, including depression and bipolar disorder.

Moreover, according to Simply Psychology, psychological treatment for compulsive repetition can be effective, by exploring the individual’s relationships and painful past experiences to understand why they compulsively reenact trauma. By comprehending the impact of their past on their present, individuals have the opportunity to address their painful experiences. As a result, their feelings become less intense, and their judgments toward themselves and others become fairer.

Other psychological treatments include other forms of talk therapy that are also common types of psychological treatments, effective in reshaping cognitive patterns leading to unhealthy behaviors. These approaches focus on recognizing cognitive distortions, challenging negative self-talk, and addressing unhelpful behaviors resulting from them. These include:

●Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
●Group therapy: group sessions can help foster acceptance of past events and experience social support, especially from others who may have gone through similar traumas
●Behavioral Psychological Treatments Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
●Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
●Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)

While these theories are inherently individual-focused, they certainly apply to the behavior of the occupation The persistent aggressive Israeli occupation of Palestine, as well as their agenda to ethnically cleanse the region, characterized by cycles of violence and retaliation, may be examined through the lens of the psychological theories discussed.

Based on psychological theory, the Israeli occupation is a means to repeat history, but this time, the Jewish community perseveres. They derive pleasure from inflicting pain on others similar to the pain and humiliation that was done to them. They are unable to recover from their traumatic past and are therefore trying to rewrite history.

Since the establishment of the Israeli occupation, Palestinians have faced unfair persecution, displacement, collective punishment, and many other war crimes reminiscent of the Nazi regime. The Nazi regime forced Jews through medical experimentation, harsh labor, humiliation, and mass genocide. Their historical grievance, previous power imbalance, and desire for vengeance could be seen as factors contributing to the current cycles of violence.

The ongoing occupation could be a display of unresolved issues as many have noticed history repeating itself. The same atrocities invoked upon the Jewish community during the Holocaust are resurfacing now in modern-day Palestine.

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