Irwin J. Mansdorf

Irwin J. (Yitzchak) Mansdorf, PhD., is a clinical psychologist and a fellow at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. He directs the Center's Israel-Arab studies program for university students.

Publications by Irwin J. Mansdorf

The Psychology of “Lone Wolf” Palestinian Arab Violence: The Interaction between Religious, Cultural and Political-National Motives

The material and social support provided by the PA and the cultural support of Palestinian society help sustain “lone wolf” attacks Read More »

Hamas’ Psychological Military Strategies against Israel

The humanitarian concern for civilian noncombatants by the media, governments and NGOs serves as a psychological tool that allows “enabling” of Hamas behavior. Read More »

Unseen Scars of War: Psychological Consequences of the Hamas Attacks on the Israeli Civilian Population

The Hamas attacks on Israel leave unseen but lasting scars Read More »

The Psychological Asymmetry between Israel and Hamas

In the conventional wisdom and historical sense of “winning wars,” the photo of the white flag, the raised hands and the empty shoes of fleeing enemy soldiers used to be the staple of Israeli “victory” albums. But after this latest […] Read More »

Is Israel a Colonial State? The Political Psychology of Palestinian Nomenclature

Israel’s creation, far from being a foreign colonial transplant, can actually be seen as the vanguard of and impetus for decolonialization of the entire Middle East, including a significant part of the Arab world, following the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Read More »

From Gaza to Harvard: The Politicization of Mental Health and the Education of Palestinian Children

Academic and professional reports implicating Israeli policy and actions in the deterioration of the mental health and education of Palestinian children are characterized by questionable scientific methodology and a reliance on distortions, omissions, and misrepresentations. Mental health consequences are discussed without reference to terror activities and incitement to violence in Palestinian media, schools, and universities.
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The Psychological Framework of Suicide Terrorism

Since 1993, attempts have been made to portray Palestinian-Arab perpetrators of suicide bombings as desperate individuals understandably coping with a difficult situation, in effect, transforming the attackers into victims, and thus diminishing the impact of one’s revulsion at such attacks. The use of the "bomber as victim" model has led others to similarly view, and incorrectly justify, the motivations behind Palestinian-Arab suicide bombers. Read More »