Zed Nelson
Israel - In This Land




Masada. Israel-Jordan border.


Masada, (in Hebrew, ‘Metzuda’, meaning ‘stronghold’) - the site of ancient palaces and fortifications in the South of Israel, on top of an isolated rock plateau in the Judean Desert. After the First Jewish-Roman War, a siege of the fortress by troops of the Roman Empire led to the legendary mass suicide of the Jewish Sicarii rebels, who preferred death to surrender.


Masada figures prominently in the Israeli psyche. Shorthand for describing an attitude (‘they will never take us alive’), the term ‘Masada complex’ is part of modern-day Israeli parlance. The story of the siege that took place here has been adopted as a symbol for the modern Jewish state.