The Dialogue That Died


Cockburn, Cynthia. 2014. “The Dialogue That Died.” International Feminist Journal of Politics 16 (3): 430–47. doi:10.1080/14616742.2013.849964.

Author: Cynthia Cockburn


For fifteen years, in the north of the state of Israel, a women's organization existed in which Israeli Jewish and Israeli Palestinian women activists worked together for peace and justice in a careful and challenging dialogue across difference. “Bat Shalom of the North” was the subject of research by the author in 1996. In this article she reports on her return in 2012 to re-interview former members. Applying the feminist concept of “transversal politics” she analyzes the organization's trajectory, radicalization and eventual closure in the context of a failed peace process and increasing violence in the region. Their perspective on Israel's oppression of its Palestinian minority led the surviving members of Bat Shalom of the North in its final days to envision not a “two-state solution” to the Israel Palestine conflict but a single, inclusive, multicultural and democratic country, in which subject identities are built not on a feeling of belonging to land, language or religion but on shared adhesion to human and democratic rights.

Keywords: Israel, Palestinians, women, conflict, occupation, land, identity

Topics: Armed Conflict, Occupation, Feminisms, Gender, Women, Peacebuilding, Peace Processes Regions: MENA, Asia, Middle East Countries: Israel, Palestine / Occupied Palestinian Territories

Year: 2014

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