When Peace Is Not Enough: How the Israeli Peace Camp Thinks about Religion, Nationalism, and Justice

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University of Chicago Press, May 27, 2013 - Social Science - 376 pages
The state of Israel is often spoken of as a haven for the Jewish people, a place rooted in the story of a nation dispersed, wandering the earth in search of their homeland. Born in adversity but purportedly nurtured by liberal ideals, Israel has never known peace, experiencing instead a state of constant war that has divided its population along the stark and seemingly unbreachable lines of dissent around the relationship between unrestricted citizenship and Jewish identity. By focusing on the perceptions and histories of Israel’s most marginalized stakeholders—Palestinian Israelis, Arab Jews, and non-Israeli Jews—Atalia Omer cuts to the heart of the Israeli-Arab conflict, demonstrating how these voices provide urgently needed resources for conflict analysis and peacebuilding. Navigating a complex set of arguments about ethnicity, boundaries, and peace, and offering a different approach to the renegotiation and reimagination of national identity and citizenship, Omer pushes the conversation beyond the bounds of the single narrative and toward a new and dynamic concept of justice—one that offers the prospect of building a lasting peace.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Peace Now and the Blind Spots of Peacemaking
23
2 Bridging Disciplines and Reimagining Who We Are
65
The Hermeneutics of Citizenship and the Question of Justice
93
The Religious Zionist Peace Movement
115
5 Rabbis for Human Rights and Reclaiming Alterity
143
The Case of the Arab Palestinian Citizens of Israel
183
The Case of the Mizrahim
227
The Hermeneutics of Citizenship The Missing Dimension of Peacebuilding
271
Notes
285
Index
361
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Atalia Omer is assistant professor of religion, conflict, and peace studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the Department of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame. She is also a faculty fellow at the Notre Dame Center of Religion and Society.

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