A case study: Palestine-Israel and bridging across power differences

Israel-Palestine has long been referred to as the center of the world's most intractable conflict, but is it? The case study of Palestine-Israel human rights organizing allows us to consider real world challenges of bridging: How do you bridge for the greater good when there are serious power imbalances between groups or individuals, or when you're up against overwhelming narratives that promote endless conflict? In the work for structures that include all people, what can you gain and what can you lose by bridging? How do people navigate the messiness of long-bridging, and how do group identities incentivize breaking and disincentivize bridging? The session will engage these topics and questions as rooted in the political, interpersonal, structural, and narrative.
Tuesday, October 19, 2021