Reconceptualizing the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Key Paradigm Shifts

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VOL. 41

2011/12

No. 3
P. 71
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Reconceptualizing the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Key Paradigm Shifts
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Reconceptualizing the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Key Paradigm Shifts   Since Oslo, Palestinians have suffered losses-socially, economically and politically-arguably not seen since 1948.

 

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By Sara Roy

In the near 20 years since the Oslo peace process began, Palestinians have suffered losses-socially, economically and politically-arguably not seen since 1948. This altered reality has, in recent years, been shaped by critical paradigm shifts in the way the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is understood and addressed. These shifts, particularly with regard to international acceptance of Palestine's territorial fragmentation, the imperative of ending Israel's occupation, the de facto annexation of West Bank lands to Israel, and the transformation of Palestinians into a humanitarian issue-have redefined the way the world views the conflict, diminishing the possibility of a political resolution.

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SARA ROY is a senior research scholar at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, and author, most recently, of Hamas and Civil Society in Gaza: Engaging the Islamist Social Sector (Princeton University Press, 2011).

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