This is a thoughtful and sensitive analysis of the history and significance of non-violent civil resistance in the Palestinian national movement. It shows how the thread of unarmed struggle has run through the history of Palestinian liberation, from the establishment of the Israeli state, through the Nakba and to the present day.
Set in this historical context, the book draws upon personal conversations and living history in order to focus on the contemporary movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. By analysing this under-emphasised dimension of the Palestinian struggle, the authors argue that today, the popular resistance movement, especially in the West Bank, is the most significant form of struggle against the ongoing occupation.
They also address the international dimensions of the struggle, focusing in particular on the BDS campaign, the role of Israeli and international solidarity activists, and the changing forms of engagement developed by international agencies seeking to work on the roots of the conflict.
Marwan Darweish is Principal Lecturer in Peace Studies at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University. He has extensive experience in conflict transformation and peacebuilding across the Middle East region and internationally. He co-edited Peacebuilding and Reconciliation: Contemporary themes and challenges (Pluto 2012) and is the co-author of Popular Protest in Palestine (Pluto, 2015). Andrew Rigby is Emeritus Professor of Peace Studies, Coventry University where he was the founding director of the Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies. He is the author Justice and Reconciliation (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2001) and Popular Protest in Palestine (Pluto, 2015).
1. Introduction 2. Palestinian Resistance to the Establishment of the Israeli State 3. Palestinians In Israel: From Quiet Resistance to Audible Protest and Political Mobilisation 4. From the Nakbha to the Separation Wall: 2002-13 5. The Resurgence of Popular Resistance, 2002-13 6. Challenges Facing Palestinian Popular Resistance 7. The Role of Israeli Peace and Solidarity Activists 8. Aid, Advocacy and Resilience - the Role of International Humanitarian Aid Agencies 9. Links in the Chain - International Leverage? Conclusion Notes Index