Challenging Issues

Challenging Issues for Moving Beyond Violence and Dispute Resolution:

Frequently asked Questions to Combatants for Peace:

  • Is violence always unacceptable?
  • When might dialogue be resolving the conflict and when is it avoiding the issue?
  • How do peace education, psychotherapy and resistance interact?
  • Does Dialogue in Combatants for Peace (CFP) fudge harsh realities?
  • How can dialogue help the imbalance of power between groups?
  • How might external imbalance of power affect relationships and activities within bi-national peace groups?
  • Bassam mainly talks in Hebrew in the film rather than Arabic? How might that be understood?
  • Some Palestinian members of CFP are accused of normalisation. How do you understand normalisation in this context? Does normaliation prmote helplessnes or resilience?
  • "Combatants for Peace ideology diverts people from the real issues. They set themselves up as if they are equal combatants with an equal ability to seek a non-violent solution. It is a naïve euphemism for accepting imbalance of power, inequality, humiliation and denial of human rights. Israeli and Palestinian combatants do not enjoy equality on any level; it is nonsense to believe they can work together to a peaceful solution".  Does an Ethical Mindset help us address this issue?
  • How can groups like Combatants for Peace impact within a politics of imabalance of power counteract helplessness and hopelessness?
  • Would you use the Moving Beyond Violence concept of an Ethical Mindset in your profession or activism?

What part does/would ethical behaviour play?

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