Maya Yechieli Wind

Award Information

2018 IDRF Program

Area and Cultural StudiesNew York University (NYU)

The Israeli Security Model as a Labor Regime

In the post 9/11 era, the Israeli national security model is venerated by the United States and other liberal democracies engaged in permanent wars. Marketing its security expertise as battle proven, Israel exports weapons, technologies and trained personnel worldwide. Israel is also a leader in the conscription of a populace into a permanent national security project. Through a compulsory draft and mass civilian participation, it has sustained a military occupation of Palestinian territory for nearly seven decades. In Israel, warfront and homefront are a single space, and citizen labor is required—from soldiers and workers in Israeli military industries, to psychologists and housewives—to maintain national security. Rather than understand the Israeli national security model as comprised solely of tactical and technological expertise, my research examines it as a labor regime, uniquely adept at recruiting citizens into its apparatuses of violence. Through ethnographic and archival research, I explore the forms of productive and reproductive labor required by the Israeli security model, and how it is consolidated and marketed abroad.