Women, Reconciliation and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict explores the most prominent instances of women’s political activism in the occupied Palestinian territories and in Israel, focussing primarily on the last decade. By taking account of the heterogeneous narrative identities existing in such a context, the author questions the effectiveness of the contributions of Palestinian and Israeli Jewish women activists towards a feasible renewal of the ‘peace process’, founded on mutual recognition and reconciliation.
Based on feminist literature and field research, this book re-problematises the controversial liaison between ethno-national narratives, feminist backgrounds and women’s activism in Palestine/Israel. In detail, the most relevant salience of this study is the provision of an additional contribution to the recent debate on the process of making Palestinian and Israeli women activists more visible, and the importance of this process as one of the most meaningful ways to open up areas of enquiry around major prospects for the end of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Tackling topical issues relating to alternative resolutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, this book will be a valuable resource for both academics and activists with an interest in Middle East Politics, Gender Studies, and Conflict Resolution.
Table of Contents
Foreword Ilan Pappé Introduction Part I: Ethno-Nationalism and Women’s Activism From a Critical Viewpoint1 Challenges to the intertwined narratives of Palestinian and Israeli Jewish Women 2 Palestinian Women and Deep-Rooted National Narrative Identity 3 Different perspectives of Narrative Identities Among Israeli Women Activists Part II 4 Parallelism and Inextricability of Women's Narratives in Palestine/Israel 5 Deconstructing Ethno-national Narrative Identities: Women’s Activism Within the Paralysis of Military Occupation 6 Women Activists Towards Political Criticism and Joint Actions Conclusion
Giulia Daniele completed her Ph.D. in Politics, Human Rights and Sustainability under a co-tutelle agreement between the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies (Italy) and the University of Exeter (UK) in April 2012. Since 2005 she has conducted fieldwork research in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Israel and Tunisia, focussing on Middle East politics (in particular the Israeli-Palestinian conflict) and women’s political activism in the MENA countries.
Against the background of the recent emergence of civil society activism in Israel, and the parallel political work in Palestinian society, this book provides an in depth analysis of the political engagement of Palestinian and Israeli women activists working towards conflict resolution, recognition and reconciliation, while also interrogating the feasibility of women’s feminist critique to chart a different future. Giulia Daniele’s sophisticated feminist theoretical analysis and reflexive methodology demonstrate her acute understanding of the heterogeneities of the two societies and of the activist groups she analyses and, and her deep commitment to justice in Palestine.
Prof Ronit Lentin, Trinity College Dublin, editor of Thinking Palestine