Understanding Gaza and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Author: Kristi Flaherty

Peacepolicy Sept 2014Photo: UN Photo/Shareef Sarhan

During the intense days of "Operation Protective Edge," in an atmosphere of intimidation within Israel, thousands of Israelis nonetheless flooded the main squares of cities protesting the occupation of Palestinian territories and the massacres in Gaza. Prospects for ending the conflict and securing justice may seem more distant than ever, but Palestinian solidarity activism, Israeli voices declaring "Not in My Name," and Pope Francis's call for reconciliation offer pathways toward peace.

New posts in the September 2014 issue of Peace Policy:

Asher Kaufman explains how Israel’s tactics against Hamas have eroded Israel's own political and moral strength. More »

Atalia Omer describes Israeli voices of dissent, their arguments, and how they fit within Palestine solidarity activism and regional peacebuilding efforts. More »

Patrick Gaffney explains Pope Francis’s emphasis on freeing Palestinians from oppression and Israelis from fear as the formula for integrating justice and security. More »

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