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In the midst of ongoing Israeli-Palestinian clash, civil struggle, and political discord, brave civilians from each side are operating jointly towards mutual figuring out and peace. In forty beautiful chapters, specialists inform interesting own tales, interwoven with psychosocial types and ideas, describing how humans dwelling in antagonistic cultures can identify concord. We come to grasp proven courses like Seeds of Peace and look for universal flooring, in addition to lesser-heralded, but valiant efforts by way of little ones and adults of the sector. This hope-filled paintings should be of curiosity to each person who cares approximately peace, in addition to to execs and scholars within the social sciences, psychology, diplomacy, public coverage, human rights, and cross-cultural studies.

In the midst of ongoing Israeli-Palestinian clash, civil warfare, and political discord, brave civilians from either side are operating jointly towards mutual realizing and peace. Israeli Jews and Arabs, and Palestinian Muslims and Christians, old and young, women and men, are cooperating in grassroots people-to-people tasks, constructing academic courses and growing actions to bridge their modifications. past Bullets and Bombs showcases such amazing and significant tasks that deserve extra help and international awareness. In forty desirable chapters, specialists inform interesting own tales interwoven with psychosocial types and rules proving how humans dwelling in opposed cultures can identify peace.

This assortment is the correct significant other to Kuriansky's previous booklet, Terror within the Holy Land: contained in the discomfort of the Israeli-Palestinian clash , an exceptional paintings that provides greater than 30 chapters written by means of Israelis, Palestinians, and mental specialists at the underpinnings and results of the clash. within the quantity handy, we come to grasp tested courses like Seeds of Peace and look for universal floor, in addition to lesser-heralded, but valiant efforts through little ones and adults of the quarter operating jointly for peace. either volumes might be of curiosity to each person who cares approximately peace, in addition to to execs and scholars within the social sciences, psychology, diplomacy, public coverage, human rights, and cross-cultural studies.

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Bar-Tal, D. (2001). Why does fear override hope in societies engulfed by intractable conflict, as it does in the Israeli society? Political Psychology, 22, 601–627. , & Bennink, G. (2004). The nature of reconciliation as an outcome and as a process. In Y. ), From conflict resolution to reconciliation (pp. 11–38). Oxford: Oxford University Press. , & Teichman, Y. (2005). Stereotypes and prejudice in conflict: Representations of Arabs in Israeli Jewish society. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Given the labyrinths that participants navigate just to arrive, it is no wonder that the course of Israeli-Palestinian dialogue rarely runs smooth. The Peacebuilder’s Paradox and the Dynamics of Dialogue 25 The Dance of Dialogue: Fearful First Steps Many participants testify that their first meeting with the other side awakened primal fears. On overnight programs, participants commonly report staying awake or hesitating to share rooms on the first night, fearing what their “enemy” neighbor might do lest they fall asleep.

Facilitators can design activities to ease participants through these anxious first impressions: It was night when we first arrived at camp. The first thing they [the staff] asked us to do was to feel each other’s pulse with our hands. It was the first time I felt the other, I understood, touching them, what the message behind the exercise was. They were girls my age, I never imagined that. It sounds unbelievable but it’s true. Just like they imagine that all Palestinians are monsters with weapons, I imagined that it was all a country of soldiers.

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