Reflections on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in U.S. Public Discourse: Legitimizing Dissent

You are visiting the old website of The Institute for Palestine Studies

Please visit our new websiteClick Here

 

VOL. 39

2009/10

No. 2
P. 23
Essay
Reflections on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in U.S. Public Discourse: Legitimizing Dissent
ABSTRACT

This essay argues that the climate of intimidation and fear surrounding a more critical discussion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the United States has begun to change. Despite the obstacles that still remain, a counterdiscourse challenging dominant conceptualizations and understandings of the conflict, particularly Israel’s role, has not only emerged but also gained growing legitimacy and weight. These changes can be found in academia (at all levels of the educational hierarchy), civil society, and policy circles. Some of the most dramatic changes have occurred within the U.S. Jewish community in which an oppositional movement—in part, generational—has grown increasingly strong and well organized, ending any notion of a Jewish consensus on Israel