Challenging Issues

Challenging Issues for Beyond Violence and Conflict 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?
Is there a conflict between peace education, psychotherapy and resistance?
Does Dialogue in Combatants for Peace (CFP) fudge harsh realities?
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?  Why?
Some Palestinian members of CFP are accused of normalisation. How do you understand normalisation in this context?
“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 the Ethical Space help us address this issue?
What might groups in conflict gain from a movement like Combatants for Peace?
How would you think about the Ethical Space in your profession or activism?
Consider Jessica Benjamin’s third, moral third and lawfulness. What part does behaviour play in the Ethical Space.

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