Chapter

Introduction

Marc Gopin

in Bridges across an Impossible Divide

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199916986
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980307 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199916986.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter first sets out the book's main purpose, which is to confront an enemy system that has involved bloodshed of innocents and immense sorrow for over one hundred years—the peace partners across the lines of the Arab/Jewish conflict over the land of historic Palestine, known by Jews as Israel. It then focuses on the author's self-reflection, covering a definition of self-reflection and self-examination as an antidote to despair. It examines the practice of knowing oneself by introducing the story of a little-known peacemaker who had a very strong impact on the author of this book. Ibrahim is one of the members of the Bereaved Parents Circle, a group of over five hundred Palestinian and Jewish families, every one of them having lost an immediate family member to the conflict. The chapter analyzes the transcripts of his interview, quoting extensively.

Keywords: Arab/Israeli conflict; Palestine; Israel; self-reflection; peacemakers; Bereaved Parents Circle

Chapter.  7673 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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