Chapter 8

Co-creating peace

Confronting psychosocial–economic injustices in the Israeli–Palestinian context

Julia Chaitin

The Palestinian–Israeli conflict has torn the region apart for more than one hundred years and has been especially bitter since the first Intifada (Bickerton and Klausner 2004). According to reports by Btselem (the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories), as of 31 July 2010, approximately 8,560 Palestinians and 1,560 Israelis have been killed in these 23 years. Palestinians and Israelis do not agree who is responsible for the conflict, but both sides do agree that 1948 was a turning point. This was the year Israel gained independence while the Palestinians suffered al Naqba or the “catastrophe.” ...

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