Homeland Conflict and Identity for Palestinian and Jewish Israeli Americans

Homeland Conflict and Identity for Palestinian and Jewish Israeli Americans

Homeland Conflict and Identity for Palestinian and Jewish Israeli Americans

Homeland Conflict and Identity for Palestinian and Jewish Israeli Americans

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This book is about how memories and narratives of conflict affect identity. More specifically, it is about how the ongoing conflict in Israel and the Israeli-occupied territories affects the identity of Jewish Israelis and Palestinians living in the United States. I argue that group conflict, even if it is not personally experienced, is a constitutive element of diasporic identity for both Jewish Israeli and Palestinian Americans. Through a series of twenty-nine in-depth interviews with both Jewish Israeli and Palestinian first and second generation immigrants, I identify the mechanisms through which perceptions of conflict affect identity. I assert that perceptions of violent conflict are independently significant in identity formation and maintenance processes.

The significance of this study is threefold. First is the timeliness of the study: the turbulent, violent history of this tiny piece of land has been a persistent object of international media coverage, and it continues to be a pressing global concern today. Second, the study uniquely looks at how conflict affects identity, despite the individual’s distant location from the conflict. The study explores perceptions of conflict—derived from media coverage, personal connections, and other sources of information—and compares the effects that these perceptions have on Jewish Israeli American and Palestinian American identity. Third, while the maintenance of strong connections between the diaspora and the homeland has been well documented in Israeli and Palestinian literature, very little research has been done on the role that . . .

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