Mediating Identity Conflicts - Potential and Challenges of Engaging with Hamas

TitelMediating Identity Conflicts - Potential and Challenges of Engaging with Hamas
Typ der PublikationBook
Untertitel / SerientitelBerghof Occasional Paper
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Berghof Occasional Paper No. 30

Publikationsjahr2010
AutorInnenGoerzig, C
BandNo. 30
Anzahl Seiten21 pp.
VerlagBerghof Conflict Research
StadtBerlin
ISBN-Nummer978-3-927783-99-7
UID1425
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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.

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