On this week’s podcast, Yael Zeira talks about her new book The Revolution Within State Institutions and Unarmed Resistance in Palestine with Marc Lynch. Her book examines who engages in resistance activities through an in-depth study of unarmed resistance against Israeli rule in the Palestinian Territories over more than a decade.
“The main question that inspired me to write this book is: ‘Why do some people participate in risky anti regime resistance while other often pretty similar people abstain?’ And this is both a classic question about collective action— and at the same time, a very human question about why ordinary people do extraordinary things.”
Zeira is the Croft Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Mississippi. Previously, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Empirical Studies of Conflict Program and the Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University.