On the Brink

Author: Alice Rothchild
ISBN: 9781935982449
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On the Brink is a compelling collection of short essays that chronicle a fact-finding and solidarity visit the author made to the West Bank and Israel during the last three weeks of June 2014. Physician, author, filmmaker, and longtime activist Alice Rothchild uses her powers of careful observation and her deep understanding of the consequences of racism and occupation to craft a lively, honest, heart breaking collection of reports from the field. On the Brink documents stories and lives that seldom make the evening news, but that are essential to understanding the context in which that news occurs.

Understanding Israel Palestine

Author: Eve Spangler
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9463000887
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The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the longest, ongoing hot-and-cold war of the 20th and 21st centuries. It has produced more refugees than any current conflict, generating fully one quarter of all refugees worldwide. Everyone knows that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is important itself, and is also fueling tensions throughout the Middle East. Yet most people shy away from this conflict, claiming it is “just too complicated” to understand. This book is written for people who want a point of entry into the conversation. It offers both a historic and analytic framework. Readers, whether acting as students, parishioners, neighbors, voters, or dinner guests will find in these pages an analysis of the most commonly heard Israeli positions, and a succinct account of the Palestinian voices we seldom hear. I argue that human rights standards have never been used as the basis on which the Israeli-Palestinian conflict should be resolved and that only these standards can produce a just and sustainable resolution. This book will be useful for classes in Middle East studies, peace and conflict studies, Middle East history, sociology of race, and political science. It can be helpful for church groups, labor groups, or other grass roots organizations committed to social justice, and for all readers who wish to be informed about this important topic. “Professor Spangler’s ... quest for historical and political understanding takes us on a brave and intimate journey into the consequences of Jewish privilege and Jewish victimhood, the agendas of imperial superpowers, and the Palestinian struggle for self-determination.” Alice Rothchild, MD, author of Broken Promises, Broken Dreams: Stories of Jewish and Palestinian Trauma and Resilience, and producer and director of documentary film, Voices Across the Divide “[A] sharp, poignant, well-documented dossier [that] provides readers with all the most-needed facts to grasp the conflict and get involved.” – Sam Bahour, co-editor of Homeland: Oral Histories of Palestine and Palestinians and business development consultant and activist based in Palestine “[T]his one is exceptional! It recounts a historical tale; it provides theoretical underpinnings; it does comparative work; it examines all the details and aspects of ongoing debates; and it brings all to life with real-life stories ... the wonder of this book is its insistence on hope – not a naïve, idealistic hope, but one accompanied by a tool-box for concrete action that might right the wrongs of this tragic tale.” Anat Biletzki, Professor of Philosophy, Tel Aviv University and Albert Schweitzer Professor of Philosophy, Quinnipiac University; Chairperson of B’Tselem, 2001–2006 Eve Spangler is a sociologist and a human and civil rights activist. For the last decade, her work has focused on the Israel/Palestine conflict; she argues that human rights are the neglected standards that could lead to a just and sustainable solution.

Condition Critical

Author: Alice Rothchild
ISBN: 9781682570517
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Since 2003, obstetrician Alice Rothchild has traveled annually to Israel/Palestine with other concerned Americans, to learn about health and human rights situation of politically marginalized communities, especially Palestinians. Condition Critical presents key blog posts and analytical essays that explore everyday life in Israel, East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza up close and with searing honesty. These eyewitness reports and intimate stories depict the critical condition of a region suffering from decades-old wounds of colonization and occupation. Condition Critical dares (and inspires) its readers to examine the painful consequences of Zionism and Israeli expansion and to bend the arc of the moral universe towards justice.

The World of Protracted Conflicts

Author: Michael Brecher
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 1498531881
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The World of Protracted Conflicts analyzes interstate protracted conflict, a widespread phenomenon in the global system and regional subsystems during the past near-century. It describes the content of a protracted conflict, explains the cause-effect linkages in this multi-dimensional phenomenon, and explores models to forecast protracted conflict./span

A Half Century of Occupation

Author: Gershon Shafir
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520966732
Format: PDF
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The Israel-Palestine conflict is one of the world’s most polarizing confrontations. Its current phase, Israel’s “temporary” occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, turned a half century old in June 2017. In these timely and provocative essays, Gershon Shafir asks three questions—What is the occupation, why has it lasted so long, and how has it transformed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? His cogent answers illuminate how we got here, what here is, and where we are likely to go. Shafir expertly demonstrates that at its fiftieth year, the occupation is riven with paradoxes, legal inconsistencies, and conflicting interests that weaken the occupiers’ hold and leave the occupation itself vulnerable to challenge.

Late Modern Palestine

Author: Laura Junka-Aikio
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317382455
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Late Modern Palestine looks at the ways in which the relationship between the subject and representation and the political problematic of postcolonial late modernity is articulated in the context of the Palestinians’ struggle for liberation. Junko-Aikio provides a rich, theoretically and empirically, and in part also visually grounded study of the complex ways in which ordinary Palestinians face, negotiate and resist multiple regimes of power and desire in the context of everyday life in the West Bank and Gaza. The volume examines the early years of the second Palestinian uprising, an intifada, whose political status remains highly disputed. The book examines the ways in which Palestinian politics during the second intifada has been entangled with the broader social and political changes that are associated with postcolonial late modernity. It is argued that the dislocation between modern colonial and late modern/postcolonial regimes of power and subjectivity greatly complicates the map of power and resistance in contemporary Palestine, and also renders articulation of national unity and hegemonic political strategy increasingly unlikely. This work will be of great interest to students and scholars of Middle East Studies, Postcolonial Studies, International Relations, Political Sociology, Critical Security Studies, and Political Theory.

Unsere beste Waffe ist keine Waffe

Author: Shannon D. Beebe
Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
ISBN: 3518793802
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Am Ende der so genannten Kriege »gegen der Terror« entstanden in Irak und Afghanistan weder friedliche noch sichere Staaten, die Gewalt setzte sich in Form von Terroranschlägen und Gewaltexzessen fort – bis heute. Die Opfer der brutalen Übergriffe sind zumeist Zivilisten – Kinder, Frauen, Männer. Dieses Buch will die Spirale der Gewalt durchbrechen. Geschrieben wurde es von einem US-Offizier und einer Friedensforscherin, die sich Anfang des letzten Jahrzehnts bei der Arbeit an neuen Sicherheitskonzepten kennenlernten. Beide hatten schon in den 90er Jahren Erfahrungen in den Jugoslawienkriegen gesammelt und waren überzeugt davon, dass nur ein Dialog zwischen Militär und Friedensforschung für Sicherheit und Frieden im 21. Jahrhundert sorgen könne. Das Ergebnis ihres Dialogs ist dieses Buch. Seine Leitidee ist, dass der Einsatz herkömmlicher Streitkräfte die Kriege und Krisen des 21. Jahrhunderts nicht lösen kann, sie im Gegenteil nur verschärft. Beebes und Kaldors nachhaltiges Programm der Friedenssicherung und -schaffung – »Human Security« – setzt dabei nicht nur auf akute Befriedungen in Kriegsgebieten, sondern auch auf präventive Maßnahmen. Das Buch ist ein Aufschrei gegen die Gewalt und bietet konkrete Maßnahmen an für eine friedliche und sichere Welt im 21. Jahrhundert.