How average citizens on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict worked for peace in the late twentieth century.
The determination of ordinary people to end regional and global conflicts is powerful despite the forces opposing them. The Struggle for Peace explores how average citizens on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict worked for peace in the late twentieth century. Essays by noted scholars are juxtaposed with profiles of individual Israelis and Palestinians involved in peace activism. What emerges is a unique perspective on the prospects for peace in this troubled area.
Coordinated with a documentary film of the same name, the book is designed as a tool for the study of conflict resolution generally and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in particular. The twelve original essays deal with the issues from different disciplinary perspectives: political science (Yehoshafat Harkabi, A. R. Norton, Muhammad Muslih, and Robert Vitalis); history (Avraham Zilkha and Joel Beinin); anthropology (Robert Rubinstein); sociology (Salim Tamari); film (Steven Talley); law (Edward Sherman); and international peacekeeping (Christian Harleman). The human side of the struggle is presented through brief biographies and portraits of twenty-five ordinary Israelis and Palestinians involved in peace activities in Israel and the West Bank.
- Introduction (Elizabeth Warnock Fernea)
- I. Background
- History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Avraham Zilkha)
- History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Muhammad Muslih)
- New History, New Politics: A Revisionist Historical View (Joel Beinin)
- II. The View from Outside
- Applications of Dispute-Resolution Processes in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Edward F. Sherman)
- Culture and Negotiation (Robert A. Rubinstein)
- Peacekeepers for a Changing World (Christian Harleman)
- III. The View from Inside
- Making a Film about Mideast Peacemakers (Steven Talley)
- Profiles of Israelis and Palestinians Concerned with Peace (Martha Diase)
- Israeli and Palestinian Women’s Peace Movements (Roberta Micallef)
- Arab-Israeli Conflict at the Threshold of Negotiations (Yehoshafat Harkabi)
- The Future in the Present: Issues of Palestinian Statehood (Salim Tamari)
- IV. Future Possibilities
- The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: Options and Scenarios for Peace (Robert Vitalis)
- V. Concluding Comment
- Toward Enduring Peace in the Middle East (Augustus Richard Norton)
- The Editors