Almost invisibly, numerous activists are presently engaged in ongoing, nonviolent efforts to build peace and bring about an end to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
Beginning in 2004, after the mainstream peace movement collapsed, Maia Hallward spent most of a year observing the work of seven such groups on both sides of the conflict. She returned in 2008 to examine the progress they had made in working for a just and lasting peace.
By raising awareness of these groups’ existence, Hallward provides a much richer investigation of available options for peacemaking in Israel, which is otherwise dominated by violence and armed strategies. Challenging the offi cial diplomatic presumption that peace is about working out lines on a map, she relocates the question into social, cultural, political, and geographic contexts that affect people’s daily lives.
This event will be held on Tuesday, October 25, at 12:00 PM in the General Classroom Building, Room 1081. Sponsored by the Middle East Institute at Georgia State University, the presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Letitia Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404.413.6145.
Dr. Maia Hallward received her PhD in International Relations from American University’s School of International Service, with concentrations in International Peace and Conflict Resolution and Critical Geopolitics. Dr. Hallward’s research and teaching concentrate on Israeli and Palestinian peace and justice movements, the role of identity in conflict, and the intersection between religion and politics.
To learn more about peace activism in Israel and Palestine, check out these titles:
Bröning, Michael. The Politics of Change in Palestine: State-Building and Non-violent Resistance. New York: Pluto Press, 2011.
Hallward, Maia Carter. Struggling for a Just peace: Israeli and Palestinian Activism in the Second Intifada. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2011.
Hermann, Tamar. The Israeli Peace Movement: A Shattered Dream. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Kaufman-Lacusta, Maxine. Refusing to be Enemies: Palestinian and Israeli Nonviolent Resistance to the Israeli Occupation. Reading: Ithaca Press, 2010.
Kaufman, Edy, Walid Salem, and Juliette Verhoeven, eds. Bridging the Divide: Peacebuilding in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2006.