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Editorial Board

Hisham Awartani

Danny Rubinstein

Sam'an Khoury

Boaz Evron

Walid Salem

Ari Rath

Zahra Khalidi

Daniel Bar-Tal

Ammar AbuZayyad

Galit Hasan-Rokem

Khaled Abu Aker

Galia Golan

Nazmi Ju'beh

Gershon Baskin

Edy Kaufman

Ata Qaymari

Benjamin Pogrund

Nafez Nazzal

Simcha Bahiri

Nadia Naser-Najjab

Dan Jacobson

Jumana Jaouni

Dan Leon

Anat Cygielman

Khuloud Khayyat Dajani

Izhak Schnell

Religion and the Conflict
Vol.20 No.4 & Vol.21 No.1, 2015

Table of Contents


  • Defeating Religious Fanaticism Using Their Own Tools
         by Ziad AbuZayyad

    Letters to the Editors
  • Subject: Internationalization: A Joint Israeli-Palestinian SOS!

  • Religion and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict
         The essence of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is not religion but how to coexist in peace in the same land.
         by Patriarch Michel Sabbah

  • ‘Jihadi Salafis’— A New Component in the Palestinian Political Context
          Political, economic, and educational and religious factors led to the rise of Jihadi Salafis who were infuriated by Hamas’s failure to create an Islamic state and enforce Sharia law.
         by Adnan Abu Amer

  • A National or Religious Conflict? The Dispute over the Temple Mount/Al-Haram Al- Sharif in Jerusalem
         Despite warnings from moderate Israeli and Palestinian religious and secular leaders, political leaders continue to perpetuate the conflict over the holy site.
         by Moshe Ma’oz

  • Islam and the Rejection of Violence
         In the fundamental teachings of Islam and the results of a survey of Palestinians can be found a model for peace that renounces violence and the unjustified killings of innocents.
         by Mohammad Ibrahim Miqdad

  • Between and Beyond Humanism, Nationalism and Theism
          The past two decades have seen a sharp rise in the powers of religious factions, with nationalism redefined along religious lines.
         by Tal Harris

  • Unraveling Arab Regimes Pave the Way to a New ME with Islamic Prospects
          The Middle East is going through a decades-long phase of painful labor that may result in a modern Islamic democratic state that lives in harmony and peace with racial and ethnic minorities.
         by Ziad AbuZayyad

  • The Status of Christians within Palestinian and Arab Society: Identity at a Transitional Time
         To face our political, social, cultural and economic challenges, Palestinians of all religions must reaffirm the best of our past and present, celebrate our humanity and overcome the prejudices that come with narrow identities.
         by Bernard Sabella

  • Israel’s National-Religious Jews and the Quest for Peace
         Mainstream religious Zionists could support a two-state solution under certain circumstances and help advance the peace process.
         by Ofer Zalzberg

  • On the Relationship between Zionism and Judaism
          Israel as a state and culture considers itself to be the fulfillment of Judaism and has a strong impact on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
         by Ahmad Ashkar

  • Zionism, Judaism and the State of the Jews
          The tendency to frame the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as religious rather than national transforms the problem into one that is insolvable.
         by Laura Wharton

  • The Decline of the Islamic Civilization and Unanswered Question of the Relationship between Islam and Politics
         Without clarifying the relationship between Islam and politics, we cannot achieve long-term stability in Muslim countries in the Middle East.
         by Sherif Ali

  • The Other Peace Process: Inter-Religious Dialogue in the Service of Peace in Israel and Palestine
         A new model for inter-religious dialogue would include four elements — personal interaction, text-based learning, discussing core issues of the conflict, and taking action, separately and together.
         by Ron Kronish

  • Political Religion: From the Global and the Regional to Jerusalem and Back
         The emergence of political religion/Islam did not occur in a void; U.S. policies in the region helped pave the way.
         by Azzam Abu-Saud

  • The Secular Left and the Religious
         Religious Jews, including those inclined toward the political left, fear that the leftist- Zionist-secular agenda excludes them.
         by Lea Klibanoff-Ron

  • Al-Aqsa Mosque: Do Not Intrude!
          Knowledge about Al-Aqsa Mosque in the Holy Qur’an, the Prophetic traditions and Islamic literature offers a narrative with clear political implications.
         by Mustafa Abu Sway

  • Perceptions of Anti-Semitism in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
         Claims that criticism of Israel stems from anti-Semitism has a history in Israel, and can be cynically manipulated for political ends.
         by Paul Scham

  • Between Conflict and Cooperation: Religion and Politics in Europe
         In Europe, the traditional churches (still) enjoy a privileged position vis-á-vis their cooperative relationship with the state.
         by Anja Hennig

  • Successfully Balancing Religion and Politics in the Holy Land: the Patriarchate of Jerusalem
          The Patriarchate of Jerusalem has thrived amid political turmoil through its strong ties with Muslim-majority nations and focusing on its purely spiritual mission.
         by Anna Koulouris

  • Let’s talk Iraq, Syria and ISIS
          How do we confront ISIS, which is taking advantage of political and social grievances of repressed populations?
         by William Morris

  • The Possibilities for Religious Peace in the Holy Land
         by Rabbi Michael Melchior

  • Religion and the Conflict
         Hillel Cohen, Ehud Bandel, Aviv Tatarsky, Eetta Prince-Gibson, Walid Salem, Azzam Abu Saud, Ziad AbuZayyad, Khaled Diab, Ingrid Ross. Moderator: Hillel Schenker

  • The Strange Career of Israeli “New Historian” Benny Morris
         What does Morris’s shift from calling attention to Israel’s atrocities in the 1948 War in the 1980s to attacking Palestinian society in recent years reveal about the mood of contemporary Israeli society?
         by Barry Shapiro

    Book Review
  • Drawing Fire: Investigating the Accusations of Apartheid in Israel
         by Benjamin Pogrund

  • Palestinian and Israeli Art Scenes: Grasping the Differences
         Can a German art student traveling to Israel maintain an objective, analytical distance from the conflict when discussing contemporary art by Palestinians and Israelis?
         by Carla Baum

  • Earth Is Pressing Against Us
         by Mahmoud Darwish

  • On This Earth There Is What Deserves Life
         by Mahmoud Darwish

  • Kairos Palestine Document (excerpts)

  • Pax Christi International Statement on Palestine and the Settlements

  • The Status of Status Quo at Jerusalem’s Holy Esplanade Executive Summary

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