1st Edition

Conflict Transformation and the Palestinians The Dynamics of Peace and Justice under Occupation

Edited By Alpaslan Ozerdem, Chuck Thiessen, Mufid Qassoum Copyright 2017
    314 Pages
    by Routledge

    314 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book explores the challenges of transforming the violent conflict between the State of Israel and the Palestinians into just peace.

    There are many challenges involved in the bottom-up transformation of the violent structures that sustain the State of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory. This book examines these structures as it assesses the actors and strategies that are contributing to the termination of cycles of violence and oppression. Consisting of contributions from both peace practitioners and academics who have conducted research within Israel and the occupied territory, the volume utilises a multidisciplinary perspective to examine promising strategies for conflict transformation in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory. Moreover, it spells out the types of nonviolent strategy that are being used to expose and undermine occupation structures, and surveys the manner in which a variety of key actors are working towards the transformation of the ongoing conflict. As a whole, the volume presents a proposal for the transformation of the conflict between Palestinians and the State of Israel that embraces the constructive potential of conflict, engages with power asymmetry, and pushes for justice and accountability.

    This book will be of much interest to students of conflict resolution, peace studies, Middle Eastern studies, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and IR in general.

     1. The Evolution of Conflict Transformation: Theory and Practice in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Chuck Thiessen

    2. The Glocal Spatial Dynamics of the ‘Zionist/Israeli–Arab/Palestinian’ Conflict and its Glocal Transformation, Mufid Qassoum

    Part I – Transformational strategies under occupation

    3. Rights-Based Approaches to the Return of Palestinian Refugees, Maya al-Orzza and Manar Makhoul

    4. Human Rights as a Tool for Conflict Transformation: The Cases of the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement and Local Unarmed Popular Resistance, Ana Sánchez and Patricia Sellick

    5. A Critical and Historical Assessment of Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) in Palestine, Mazin B. Qumsiyeh

    6. Struggling Against the Occupation: Nonviolent International Interventions for Conflict Transformation in Palestine, Diego Checa Hidalgo

    7. A Means to Conflict Transformation: Social Capital as a Force for Palestinian Communities, Raffaella Y. Nanetti

    8. Cyber-Conflict and Resistance in Israel and the Occupied Territory, Khalid Rabayah and Chas Morrison

    Part II - Transformational actors

    9. Consumer Resistance or Resisting Consumption?: The Case of Boycott, Divestments, and Sanctions in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Aurélie Bröckerhoff

    10. Religion, Politics, and Conflict Transformation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Mohammed Abu-Nimer and Timothy Seidel

    11. Occupied Experiences: Displays of Alternative Resistance in Works by Palestinian and Jewish Israeli Artists, Eser Selen

    12. The Transformative Potential of the Palestinian University Student Youth Movement, Ayman Yousef and Razan Abu Libdeh

    13. Israeli Peace and Solidarity Organizations, Marwan Darweish

    14. Humanitarian Organizations and International Humanitarian Law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Aleksandra Godziejewska

    15. Internationally Sponsored Conflict Resolution Programming for Youth in the Gaza Strip, Ibrahim Natil


    16. The Future of Conflict Transformation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Alpaslan Özerdem


    Alpaslan Özerdem is Professor of Peacebuilding and Co-Director of the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, UK. He is the author/editor of eight books, including most recently International Peacebuilding: An Introduction (Routledge, 2015).

    Chuck Thiessen is Research Fellow in Peacebuilding at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, UK.

    Mufid Qassoum is Vice President for International Relations at the Arab American University of Jenin in Palestine.