Archive for category: Palestine

Israel and Palestine – challenging conventional peace and conflict paradigms

Israel and Palestine – challenging conventional peace and conflict paradigms

Space for dialogue still remains in this conflict, but conventional peace wisdom needs to be revisited and challenged to adjust to the ever-changing realities in both Israel and Palestine.

Palestinian flags in Derry and Sarajevo – solidarity through representation

Palestinian flags in Derry and Sarajevo – solidarity through representation

Victimhood is a powerful motivator of acts of solidarity. It is, therefore, more important than ever to understand and explain the role of symbols and slogans as political motivators in divided societies. Conflict transformation practitioners should not be scared of symbols, but rather of their interpretations. 

India and the conflict in Gaza – moralistic concerns or national interest?

India and the conflict in Gaza – moralistic concerns or national interest?

A polarized public perception has emerged in India; one that views the the Gaza crisis through the prism of either humanity and morality, or from the perspective of challenges faced by the Indian state in terms of Kashmir and Pakistan.

A tale of two genocides

A tale of two genocides

While approaches to “genocide” differ and the claimants voices are many, the historic legacy of genocide must be a starting point. One could conclude that both Palestinians and Yazidis are experiencing such a destructive process, albeit over different time scales and receiving opposing ideas of “support” and condemnation from Western […]

Voices of reconciliation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Voices of reconciliation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

As the violence continues, there are grassroots organisations in Israel and Palestine are working to build peace. One such example is Parents Circle-Families Forum. The organisation has bought together more than 600 Palestinian and Israeli families, all of whom have lost an immediate family member to the conflict, to call […]

Could the use of rockets be banned in the Middle East?

Could the use of rockets be banned in the Middle East?

Efforts to eliminate stocks of rockets and missiles seem unlikely to succeed in the current context. However, a ban on use might be a real possibility and merits speedy consultations.

A political framework for a new approach to Israeli-Palestinian coexistence

A political framework for a new approach to Israeli-Palestinian coexistence

A political framework for a new approach to Israeli-Palestinian coexistence provides for a joint country called Israel-Palestine having equal rights for all, separate geographical areas for the two peoples, the ability by individuals to live anywhere in the entire country (within practical limits) either as a citizen or as a […]

Wi’am from Palestine

Wi’am from Palestine

TransConflict is pleased to present the profile of Wi’am from Palestine, a member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation.

Israel’s Gaza offensive

Israel’s Gaza offensive

The contention that Israel is on its path of conflict against Gaza in its pursuit of self-defence is not acceptable. If armed force is to be justified as self-defence under the UN Charter, it is absolutely necessary that a precursor armed attack occurred. This is simply not the case with respect […]

Can I reconcile with the man who killed my son?

Can I reconcile with the man who killed my son?

Robi, an Israeli mother, ponders the possibility of meeting her son David’s killer, and can’t help wonder how honest she is with herself in her quest for reconciliation. Can a person who stole the life of a women’s child ever truly be forgiven? Is the dialogue between perpetrators and victims […]

Israel’s future as an anachronism

Israel’s future as an anachronism

Israel is a nineteenth century European project completed neither in the nineteenth century nor in Europe.

Palestine (and Syria) and Kosova

Palestine (and Syria) and Kosova

Regarding existential, zero-sum struggles it matters which side has more options.

Keynote Lecture – “The political geography of Israel/Palestine: apartheid or confederation?”

Keynote Lecture – “The political geography of Israel/Palestine: apartheid or confederation?”

TransConflict is pleased to announce the lecture, “The Political Geography of Israel/Palestine: Apartheid or Confederation?”, organised by the Centre for Comparative Conflict Studies (CFCCS) on 2nd July

Transforming conflict in the Middle East requires out-of-the-box thinking

Transforming conflict in the Middle East requires out-of-the-box thinking

To think out-of-the-box is what we owe to the Palestinians and the Israelis more than ever, and the only real contribution we can make from outside to start transforming this conflict.

Let Palestine be

Let Palestine be

The recognition of Palestinian statehood would signal the birth of a peace process that would positively affect not just Israel and Palestine, but also the dynamics of the entire region.

Aid on Palestinian terms – the case for a boycott

Aid on Palestinian terms – the case for a boycott

Palestinians, already denied their right to self-determination, should not have to receive aid in ways that further undermine local priorities, capacities and ownership.