“We've Lost This Round”: Fragmentation and the “Piece” Process in 2008

Maia Carter Hallward

in Struggling for a Just Peace

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036526
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813041797 | DOI:
“We've Lost This Round”: Fragmentation and the “Piece” Process in 2008

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Drawing on fieldwork conducted in 2008, this chapter discusses events occurring between 2005 and 2008 that altered the socio-political, economic, and geographical context for Israeli and Palestinian peace activism. The election and boycott of Hamas in the 2006 elections, the completion of new checkpoint “terminals” and large segments of the separation barrier, as well as the Israeli disengagement from the Gaza Strip affected how and where peace and justice groups could hold activities. Faced with trends of militarism, unilateralism, and fragmentation at the official level, combined with the absence of a sustained or legitimate political process, existing forms of nonviolent struggle had little resonance. The chapter discusses continued activities of awareness raising, institution building and constructive confrontation and outlines the obstacles facing activists in 2008, including a further distancing from the term “peace.”

Keywords: unilateralism; militarism; fragmentation; Hamas; Gaza disengagement; nonviolent struggle; constructive confrontation; awareness raising; institution building; checkpoints

Chapter.  11876 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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