The conflict between Israel and Palestine is, and remains to be, one of the most widely- and passionately-debated issues in the Middle East and International Politics. An important part of this conflict is the dimension of self-perception of both Israelis and Palestinians caught up in its midst. Here, Camelia Suleiman, using her background in linguistic analysis, examines the interplay of language and identity, feminism and nationalism, and the how concepts of spatial and temporal boundaries affect self-perception. She does this through interviews with peace activists from a variety of backgrounds: Palestinians with Israeli citizenship, Jewish Israelis, as well as Palestinians from Ramallah, officially holders of Jordanian passports. Asking these individuals, including Yael Dayan and Ilan Papp questions such as What is Peace? , What motivates you personally to work towards peace? and How do you see an end to the conflict? , Suleiman analyses the construction of identity in the midst of violence and conflict. By emphasizing the importance of different levels of official and informal identity, Suleiman explores how self-perception is influenced, negotiated and manifested, and how places of birth and residence play a major role in this conflict. Crucially asking questions about the advantage or disadvantage of gender identity in peace activism, Suleiman brings out the power struggles and dynamics of the development of identity at the heart of the peace process and attempts at conflict resolution. Language and Identity in the Israel-Palestine Conflict holds vital first-hand analysis of the conflict and its impact upon both Israelis and Palestinians, making it crucial for anyone involved in Middle East Studies, Conflict Studies and International Relations.
Language and Identity in the Israel-Palestine Conflict
The Politics of Self-perception in the Middle East