A Model for Dealing with the Past in the Israeli–Palestinian Context

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This article explores the potential applicability of transitional justice ideas to the Israeli–Palestinian context. I argue that given the particularities of the Israeli–Palestinian setting, truth and reconciliation would be an essential component of peacemaking even though this is an inter-societal conflict which will likely be resolved only through separation into two states. Nevertheless, the interstate nature creates challenges to the application of common transitional justice mechanisms. In response to these challenges I offer a model based on an incremental process of narrow mechanisms throughout a long process of transition, rather than one high-profile all-encompassing mechanism in the post-conflict stage. I also suggest that in addition to issues to be explored jointly by the two societies, such as refugees, prisoner release and compensation for victims of violence, there could also be internal truth and reconciliation processes within each society. Finally, this model is premised on an important role for civil society initiatives.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-267
Number of pages19
JournalThe International Journal of Transitional Justice
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2007
Externally publishedYes


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