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A Zionist among Palestinians
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A Zionist among Palestinians offers the perspective of an ordinary Israeli citizen who became concerned about the Israeli military's treatment of Palestinians and was moved to work for peace. Hillel Bardin, a confirmed Zionist, was a reservist in the Israeli army during the first intifada when he met Palestinians arrested by his unit. He learned that they supported peace with Israel and the then-taboo proposal for a two-state solution, and that they understood the intifada as a struggle to achieve these goals. Bardin began to organize dialogues between Arabs and Israelis in West Bank villages, towns, and refugee camps. In 1988, he was jailed for meeting with Palestinians while on active duty in Ramallah. Over the next two decades, he participated in a variety of peace organizations and actions, from arranging for Israelis to visit Palestinian communities and homes, to the joint jogging group "Runners for Peace," to marches, political organizing, and demonstrations supporting peace, security, and freedom. In this very personal account, Bardin tries to come to grips with the conflict in a way that takes account of both Israeli-Zionist and Palestinian aims.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-xvii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xix-xxv
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  1. 1 Jericho I: Introduction to the Intifada
  2. pp. 1-7
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  1. 2 Jericho II: The Dialogues
  2. pp. 9-15
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  1. 3 Jericho III: The Black Scorpion
  2. pp. 17-20
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  1. 4 Sur Bahir: The Forest
  2. pp. 23-35
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  1. 5 Obeidiyah: Water in the Desert
  2. pp. 37-41
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  1. 6 Beit Sahour I: Intense, Long-Lasting Dialogue
  2. pp. 43-46
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  1. 7 Ramallah I: A Soldier's Attempt to Promote Nonviolence
  2. pp. 49-71
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  1. 8 Ramallah II and Prison
  2. pp. 73-77
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  1. 9 Beit Sahour II: From Dialogue to Action
  2. pp. 79-90
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  1. 10 Beit Sahour III: The Sleepover and the Prayer for Peace
  2. pp. 93-103
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  1. 11 Beit Sahour IV: Out from the Underground
  2. pp. 105-108
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  1. 12 Jabel Mukabber
  2. pp. 111-117
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  1. 13 Runners for Peace
  2. pp. 119-133
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  1. 14 Dehaisheh and the Settlers
  2. pp. 135-147
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  1. 15 Bethlehem, Wadi Fukin, Nahalin, and Husan
  2. pp. 149-155
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  1. 16 Nablus (Shechem) I: A Military Alliance
  2. pp. 157-169
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  1. 17 Nablus (Shechem) II: Helping to Advance the Peace Process
  2. pp. 171-187
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  1. 18 Jerusalem Municipal Elections and Meeting Arafat in Tunis
  2. pp. 189-199
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  1. 19 Jericho IV: The Tourist Board
  2. pp. 201-203
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  1. 20 Jerusalem Information Center
  2. pp. 205-208
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  1. 21 Ibrahim and Isma'il
  2. pp. 211-217
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  1. 22 Olive Trees and the Wall
  2. pp. 219-226
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  1. 23 From Dialogue to Strategic Community Activation: Some Reflections on Technique
  2. pp. 229-234
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  1. Conclusion: Is There Hope?
  2. pp. 237-240
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 241-242
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 243-244
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