Peace-Building in Israel and Palestine Social Psychology and Grassroots Initiatives

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-08-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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This book brings together social psychology understandings with grassroots peace building initiatives in the Israeli-Palestinian context. For 40 years, researchers have explored the reasons for the conflict and its impacts, while Israeli and Palestinian civil society actors have undertaken joint peace building activities. Peace building in Israel and Palestineoffers an in-depth look at psycho-social research on the conflict and presents and analyzes diverse grassroots activities: joint research, women's social-economic empowerment that fosters peace building, dialogue groups, political tourism, and peace building efforts between Israelis and Palestinians from Gaza. The book offers new conceptualizations concerning the co-creation of a socially-just Israeli-Palestinian grassroots peace process.

Author Biography

Julia Chaitin is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Work at Sapir College and a social psychologist with expertise in peace-building. Her research focuses on the long-term psychosocial impacts of the Holocaust and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and she has published widely on these topics. Her books include Inside-Out: Personal and Collective Life in Israel and the Kibbutz (2007), Children in the Shadow of the Holocaust (with Zahava Solomon, 2007) and Parenthood and the Holocaust (with Dan Bar-On, 2001). Chaitin is a member of "Other Voice"-a grassroots initiative from the Sderot/Gaza region that calls for a non-violent end to the conflict between Israel and Gaza.

Table of Contents

Foreword--Eyad Sarraj * Introduction: personal and historical-political background to the book * Psycho-social factors connected to the Arab-Jewish/Israeli-Palestinian conflict * "How can we speak to one another?": Dialogue between Jews and Palestinians on the path to peace and social change * Advancing science together: Undertaking joint research in the Israeli-Palestinian context * Political and Peace Tourism in the Holy Land * Joint Ventures for Peace: Women and sustainable human development in the Israeli-Palestinian context * Co-creating peace when you can't meet: The case of Gaza and the Sderot region * It can only be done if we do it together: Promising directions for co-creation of a just peace in the Israeli-Palestinian context

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