The Second Palestinian Intifada

Civil Resistance

By Julie M. Norman

© 2010 – Routledge

162 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Palestinian civilians engaged in numerous acts of unarmed resistance during the second intifada. However, these attempts in using non-violent strategies were frequently overshadowed by the armed tactics of militant groups. Drawing from extensive interviews, surveys, and observations in the West Bank, this book provides an in-depth study of the often-overlooked aspects of popular resistance in Palestine.

The book demonstrates how such unarmed tactics have considerable support amongst the local population particularly when they are framed as a strategy rather than just as a moral preference. However, whilst recognizing the successes of many civil-based initiatives, the author examines why a unified popular movement never fully emerged. She argues that obstacles extended beyond occupation policies to include political constraints from the Palestinian Authority, and agenda-setting efforts from sectors of the international community. Nevertheless, many activists continue to work creatively through diverse channels and networks to broaden the space for civil resistance.

Combining critical analysis with activist narratives and community case studies, the book provides a comprehensive and compelling look at non-violent activism in the second intifada, offering a fresh perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and illustrating both the challenges and opportunities in mobilizing for popular struggle.

Table of Contents

1. Civil Resistance and Contentious Politics 2. Historical Background 3. Civil Resistance in the Second Intifada: Direct Actions 4. Supportive Nonviolence: Indirect Actions 5. Identity, Attitudes, and Resistance 6. Local Constraints: Resource Mobilization 7. National Constraints: Political Structures 8. International Constraints: Movement Frames 9. Conclusion

About the Author

Julie M. Norman is Professor in the Department of Political Science at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

This series is concerned with recent political developments in the region. It will have a range of different approaches and include both single authored monographs and edited volumes covering issues such as international relations, foreign intervention, security, political Islam, democracy, ideology and public policy.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS019000
HISTORY / Middle East / Israel
POL045000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism
SOC053000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies