Mark Hardie
Founder, Chairman, CEO of "The Taylor Swift Party" | Attorney | Army Veteran

Israelophrenia: A New Mental Disorder

Barack Mandela at the IDF base known as “Sayereem” in Southern Israel. (Barack’s Personal Collection)

I am an American-Israeli, and I served in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), United States Air Force, and the United States Army. I have extensive experience living in various Israeli cities and towns including Kibbutz Hafetz Chayyim, Ramat Gan, and Jerusalem.

As I have traveled to Jewish communities in various countries, I have noticed that anti-Israel sentiment and antisemitism are pervasive among some sectors of society.

I believe that promoting understanding and fostering positive dialogue between diverse communities is crucial for global harmony. However, it’s essential to approach discussions about complex issues such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and antisemitism with nuance, empathy, and sensitivity.

Anti-Israel sentiments should be distinguished from antisemitism, as the former pertains to political disagreements with the policies of the state of Israel, while the latter involves prejudice and discrimination against Jewish people based on their ethnicity or religious beliefs. It is possible to criticize specific actions or policies without perpetuating harmful stereotypes or unfairly targeting an entire community.

Constructive conversations should encourage open-mindedness, empathy, and a commitment to human rights for all. Engaging in respectful dialogue enables the exchange of diverse perspectives, fostering an environment where mutual understanding can thrive. It is essential to recognize the complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the historical context that has shaped it.

Ultimately, promoting peace and understanding requires a commitment to empathy, education, and dialogue that transcends divisive narratives, fostering a world where people of different backgrounds can coexist harmoniously.

When I was a college student at the University of California (Riverside), I began conducting extensive research the psychology and psychiatry of hatred and discrimination. I continued this research during law school at the University of California Law San Francisco (Hastings).

I studied the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) which is a publication by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) that classifies mental disorders. The most recent edition is the DSM-5-TR.

Similarly, I studied the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) which is maintained by the World Health Organization (WHO) to classify diseases and disorders.

After years of studying both the DSM and ICD and the history of the Jewish people and Israel, I officially recommend the creation of a new mental health disorder called Israelophrenia.

This new mental disorder, Israelophrenia, is characterized by a extremely compulsive and psychotic hatred of the state of Israel. This new disorder causes a person to obsessively fixate on Israel in an uncontrollable and negative manner which disrupts a person’s daily life causing them to lose touch with reality.

Organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) have sought to combat anti-Israel bias and antisemitism. This new disorder, Israelophrenia, gives a clinical diagnosis for those virulently obsessed anti-Israel extremists.

By employing a clinical approach, we can successfully provide psychological and psychiatric treatment to cure or alleviate extreme anti-Israel hostility. This new diagnosis may also help to reduce terrorism and violence against Israel.

Let’s protect Israel by healing the deranged minds of those who hate the state of Israel.

About the Author
Licensed Attorney. I earned a Doctor of Law at the University of California Law San Francisco (Hastings) . I earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Riverside. I was an international student at the University of Costa Rica Faculty of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law, and Bar Ilan University. I am a military veteran of the United States Army. I am a laureate of the National Defense Service Medal from the Pentagon. I am a financial donor to following: Harvard Law, Yale Law, Stanford Law, Berkeley Law, Harvard Divinity School, Yale Divinity School, UC Hastings College of the Law, UC Davis Law, Columbine High School, Choate Rosemary Hall, Phillips Exeter Academy, Sidwell Friends School, Viewpoint School, Beverly Hills High School, Eton College in the United Kingdom, Special Olympics, Children's Defense Fund, Obama Foundation, Clinton Foundation, Barbra Streisand Foundation, Princeton University, Florida A&M, Howard University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, and the British Red Cross. I am former special assistant and staff attorney to Governor Pete Wilson of California. I was public affairs assistant to US Senator Barbara Boxer. I was public affair assistant for Mayor of Jerusalem Ehud Olmert and Jerusalem spokesperson Haggai Elias. I am a former member of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. I am a member of the American Legion and Jewish War Veterans.
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