Lessons from South Africa for the unresolved Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Peacemaking Between Israelis and Palestinians
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Heribert Adam and Kogila Moodley
The ongoing violence, despair and paralysis among Israelis and Palestinians resemble the gloomy period in South Africa during the late 1980s. Heribert Adam and Kogila Moodley show that these analogies with South Africa can be applied to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for two purposes: to showcase South Africa as an inspiring model for a negotiated settlement and to label Israel a "colonial settler state" that should be confronted with strategies (sanctions, boycotts) similar to those applied against the apartheid regime. Because of the different historical and socio-political contexts, both assumptions are problematic. Whereas peacemaking resulted in an inclusive democracy in South Africa, the favored solution for Israel and the West Bank is territorial separation into two states.
Adam and Moodley speculate on what would have happened in the Middle East had there been what they call "a Palestinian Mandela" providing unifying moral and strategic leadership in the ethnic conflict. A timely, relevant look at the issues of a polarized struggle, Seeking Mandela is an original comparison of South Africa and Israel, as well as an important critique on the nature of comparative politics.
"A sweeping, authoritative and balanced analysis of a highly sensitive issue, bound to raise a heated debate."
"Those interested in what kinds of world pressures cause or impede change will find a great deal of food for thought. Meticulously constructed, Seeking Mandela is well-worth a lay person read."
“Two leading specialists on South Africa, who, for some forty years, have closely studied the evolution of racial conflicts and their resolution in that country, now turn to the question of how much of the South African experience is applicable to the perennial Israel – Palestine conflict. They criticize any facile analogy between South Africa and Israel as ‘fascist,’ ‘racist,’ or ‘apartheid’ societies, and give us a nuanced analysis of similarities and differences between them, with emphasis on the latter.”
Preface: Reflections on Moral Literacy
Introduction Political Travel through the Holy Land
Part I. Probing the South African Lessons
1. Controversial Issues in Overview
2. Nationalism, Patriotism, and Multiculturalism Revisited
3. A Brief History of South Africa and Apartheid
4. The Problematic Israel-South Africa Analogy
5. Visions of Endgame
Part II. After the Violence
6. Collective Memories: How Democracies Deal with the Crimes of Previous Regimes
7. The Politics of Reconciliation and Transitional Justice
8. An Israeli-Palestinian Truth Commission?
Part III. Conclusions
9. Solutions Revisited and Lessons Drawn
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