In this article, we use the case of the Israeli military occupation of the Palestinian
territories to offer a microsociological analysis of military violence in noncombat
situations. Utilizing the insights of Randall Collins, we suggest that in order
understand these encounters, the emotional dimensions of violent behaviors must be
linked to the interactional dynamics that trigger the transformation of these emotions
into violent actions. We review the emotional configurations that characterize military
occupations and discuss a range of violent behaviors initiated by these emotions.
Finally, our analysis goes beyond the microsociological level to complement Collins’s
model by showing the trans-situational implications of our analysis. We focus on the
emergence of violence leaders (the “violent few”), the importance of actual and real
audiences, and the development of a violent military habitus.