The present analysis focuses on the personal narratives of peace activists, the facilitators of reconciliation-aimed dialogues between two ethno-national groups in a situation of asymmetrical conflict: Jews and Palestinians. It puts forward the idea that these peace activists bring a wealth of knowledge from their personal and professional narratives to bear on their strategies and practices of social transformation. We posit that foregrounding this knowledge through the analysis of these narratives not only affords a better understanding of their theoretical perspectives, their practices, aims and goals of social change but also can greatly contribute to our better understanding of peace education processes in general and in particular to a consideration of the ways peace activists experience and creatively deal with the dilemmas and challenges they confront in their transformational work.

Author Bio(s)

Zvi Bekerman, lectures in the School of Education, and is a researcher at the Truman Institute for Advancement of Peace, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He can be contacted at mszviman@mscc.huji.ac.il.

Ifat Maoz, is a social psychologist, a senior lecturer in the Communication department, and a researcher at the Truman Institute for Advancement of Peace, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Mara Getz Sheftel is the Communications and Development Associate at the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel (ICCI). She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Hebrew University and holds a B.A. in International Relations from Northwestern University.


Jews and Palestinians, personal narratives of peace activists, social transformation

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