Mediating Identity Conflicts - Potential and Challenges of Engaging with Hamas
|Titel||Mediating Identity Conflicts - Potential and Challenges of Engaging with Hamas|
|Typ der Publikation||Book|
|Untertitel / Serientitel||Berghof Occasional Paper|
Berghof Occasional Paper No. 30
|Anzahl Seiten||21 pp.|
|Verlag||Berghof Conflict Research|
This paper offers some astute insights into the dynamics of one of the most protracted conflicts of the past century, namely the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, from the specific perspective of its most controversial party, whose voice is very often excluded or demonised: that of the Hamas movement. Through her so-called "scenario interviews" with several Hamas members in Syria, the author convincingly demonstrates that identity-based conflicts cannot be transformed without the direct participation of their key stakeholders, and that lending such actors a voice with which they can express their grievances, but also their hopes and visions for a constructive path to "just peace", might generate creative peacemaking options - in this case, opportunities for a mediated settlement.