Interpretations of the past and expectations for the future among Israeli and Palestinian youth

Shifra Sagy, Sāmī ʻAbd al-Razzāq ʻAdwān, Avi Kaplan

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This study was developed by a group of Israeli and Palestinian
researchers for the purpose of examining social knowledge of
young people in the conflicted region of the Middle East. The
article examines the relations between measures of interpretations
of the past (perceptions of legitimacy and emotional reactions
toward the historical "narratives" of Israelis and Palestinians) and
measures of expectations of the collective future, as reflected in
conflict resolution beliefs. Data were collected from December
1999 to February 2000 (before the present crisis [2000-2002] in
Jewish - Palestinian relations) among representative samples of
high school students (Grades 10 and 12): 1,183 Palestinians in the
Palestinian National Territories and 1,188 Israeli Jewish students.
The results are discussed from developmental, social, and cultural
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIsraeli and Palestinian Collective Narratives in Conflict
EditorsAdi Mana, Anan Srour
PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)9781527557420
StatePublished - 2020


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