Wars are horrific events that take place between groups of people in the same or different countries often causing psychological damage. The Palestinian- Israeli conflict is an ongoing combat amongst two nations with different ideals. There is a lot of psychological reasoning behind the actions of these different ethnicities. In one hand Palestinians cannot tolerate the existence of Israelis in their territories similarly Israelis are intolerant of Palestinians. In psychology fundamental attribution error, conformity and prejudice contribute to the ways the Palestinians and Israelis perceive the rivalry between their countries.
The Palestinian- Israeli conflict developed over a period. The conflict concerns a piece of land in western Asia known as Palestine to the Muslims and Israel to the Jews. In the 1940’s European Jews migrated into Palestine in exploration of a new homeland after escaping the adversities of Hitler’s regime. The migration of the new settlers brought anger and frustrations to the Palestinians who were not willing to share their territory. This migration foreshowed years of bloodshed and hatred that still exists till this day. Israelis and Palestinians continuously belittle each other despite multiple attempts for peace. This ongoing conflict has negatively shaped the perception of both groups of people.
Fundamental attribution error plays an important role in the psychology behind the Palestine- Israeli conflict. Fundamental attribution error develops from observing people’s characteristics. In addition, fundamental attribution is when a person overvalues the impact of a person’s character and not the influence of the situation. For example, in the article “Prosor: Palestinian children still taught to hate Jews” by Yoni Hirsch it explains the hostile attitudes towards Palestinians based on the conduct of a few individuals. Ron Prosor, an Israeli ambassador, says, “As we speak, a generation of Palestinian children is being taught that murder is moral, racism is righteous and terror is tolerable. The Palestinian Authority's media quotes Hitler, describes Jews as less than human, and displays maps that erase Israel's existence," (Hirsch 1). The Israeli perception of Palestinians is that they are hateful people who are only educated to cause chaos. This is a fundamental attribution error because Ron Prosor makes his judgment about the Palestinians exclusively on the internal characteristics of the Palestinian children. In fact the situation may be that the “harmful Palestinian children” are being taught to defend themselves when danger strikes from Israeli military forces. In this situation as an observer, Ron Prosor is blaming the children and their care takers because he values the character of the children, however; he underestimates the external factors contributing to the situation.
Conformity also contributes to the...