My chapter “Struggling Against the Occupation: Nonviolent International Interventions for Conflict Transformation in Palestine” has just been published in the book Conflict Transformation and the Palestinians. The Dynamics of Peace and Justice under Occupation. It is an edited book by Alpaslan Ozerdem, Chuck Thiessen and Mufid Qassoum, and published by Routledge in 2017.
This book explores the challenge of bottom-up transformation of violent conflict into just peace inside a system of oppression and military occupation in the land of Palestine. The authors’ chapters examine actors and strategies that are contributing to the termination of cycles of violence and oppression, and to a state of being where the multi-ethno-religious inhabitants of historic Palestine might realize positive peace.
In particular, my chapter investigates those civil society contributions to conflict transformation in Palestine through nonviolent interventions. It identifies the nonviolent international interventions implemented in the region. Then it presents their potential to prevent violence and empower local movements. Finally, it explores the main contributions that nonviolent international interventions has made, as well as the current challenges they face, in their efforts to transform the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.