My Travel Through Instagram: Recapping the Last Two Months in Israel-Palestine, Ireland, and South Africa

My Travel Through Instagram: Recapping the Last Two Months in Israel-Palestine, Ireland, and South Africa

My international travel is drawing to an end, and I thought it might be helpful for those who follow the blog but do not have access to Instagram to see an overview of my Instagram posts and stories. Here are some highlights from each location. ISRAEL-PALESTINE August 7, 2015 Their bodies arose early so their […]

Is the Third Palestinian Intifada Here? Some Thoughts on Israel-Palestine

Is the Third Palestinian Intifada Here? Some Thoughts on Israel-Palestine

I’ve received some Facebook messages in recent days asking what I think about what’s happening right now in Israel and Palestine. I thought I’d offer a short response as I sit here in a cafe in Cape Town. I do want to note, however, that while my thoughts are informed, they are not those of an […]

“I Don’t Want Coffee”: On Dignity, Occupation, and Peace

Edward Mabouri* is a well-known man. More importantly, he is well-respected. His successful business has brought him wealth and admiration in Bethlehem society. His business privilege has even allowed him to fly out of Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport, a privilege denied to most every other Palestinian. Despite his aged and limping body, airport security still […]

Understanding Conflict, part 3: Mediation

Like conflict itself, responding to conflict is complex and multi-faceted. Though likely quite obvious, it is important to note that responding to conflict should be context dependent. The scale, roots, intensity, proximity, etc. all impact how one engages conflict. Dialogue for Peaceful Change (DPC) identifies five main categories of conflict responses: avoidance, accommodation, compromise, control, […]

Understanding Conflict, part 2: The Social Dimension

When considering social conflict, one must surely acknowledge the work of Edward Azar, who put forward the notion of protracted social conflict, defining it as “the prolonged and often violent struggle by communal groups for such basic needs as security, recognition and acceptance, fair access to political institutions an economic participation.” (Qtd. in Ramsbotham, et […]

Understanding Conflict, part 1: The Biological Dimension

Peacebuilding is a multi-faceted endeavor. Numerous activities, players, and approaches make up its practice.[1] Among the many threads composing the fabric of peacebuilding is that of mediation. Colin Craig’s Dialogue for Peaceful Change (DPC) engages this thread of peacebuilding, practicing mediation in Northern Ireland and numerous other countries throughout the world. Having participated in DPC’s […]

WE SEE NO ENEMY: A New, Must-See Documentary on Palestine

WE SEE NO ENEMY: A New, Must-See Documentary on Palestine

(To watch the film, visit the website: http://www.weseenoenemy.com) “The truth of story is transfiguration. People’s minds are rarely changed by abstracted information. Otherwise we would weep every time we watch the news. I think people’s minds are usually changed by encounters that question our reality. And I don’t think stories always try to answer all […]

Journey through Conflict Workshop, pt. 3

(final part) Potential Pitfalls of ‘Storytelling’ Storytelling is not without pitfalls, however. Aside from the obstacles presented by the term storytelling itself, such a process can have destructive consequences.[1] Especially regarding “one-and-done” encounters, story sharing may actually allow participants to hear just enough of others’ stories to solidify feelings of superiority, increase bigotry, and justify […]

Journey through Conflict Workshop, pt. 2

(continuing…) “I AM” For the “I AM” exercise, the facilitators asked us to spend our first evening reflecting over numerous “I…” statements, such as “I feel…”, “I think…”, “I see…”, “I wonder…”, etc. Included were three “I AM…” statements, giving us chances to touch upon a few important aspects of our perceived core identities. The […]

Journey through Conflict Workshop, pt. 1

Nashville, TN, USA (The next few posts will be sections from my “Conflict Transformation” assessment reflecting over the residential experience in Corrymeela mid-November. Hope you find it worthwhile.) The Journey through Conflict residential experience in Corrymeela guided me into new depths of intrapersonal reflection and interpersonal relationship. Whereas self-reflection and human relationships are paramount in […]