Special Series: Nationalism in the Arab-Israeli relationship-2009
by Shelley Ostroff
In our fifth and final article about nationalism and the Israeli-Palestinian relationship, Shelley Ostroff reflects on Israeli and Palestinian forms of nationalism and considers why it is particularly difficult for each side to move beyond a rigidly defined and mutually exclusive ideology.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 10 September 2009) 
by Muli Peleg
In CGNews-Middle East’s third article on the subject of nationalism, Muli Peleg explains that every society must agree on a core of common values in order to survive. In Israel, nationalist ideologies prevent Arabs and Jews from agreeing on a shared platform of values. Peleg argues that the conflict between Jews and Arabs within the state will be overcome only once the two sides transcend the national and “move towards the human”.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 03 September 2009) 
by Daoud Kuttab
In our fourth article on nationalism, journalist Daoud Kuttab outlines the development of Arab and Palestinian nationalist ideologies, the relationship between them and how they changed in response to historical events.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 03 September 2009) 
by Efrat Ben-Ze'ev
In the first article in CGNews-Middle East’s series on nationalism, Efrat Ben-Ze’ev discusses the process by which Israeli and Palestinian stories are nationalised. When personal stories are recruited to serve one overarching national narrative, people are reduced to representations and they tend to think in slogans. Ben-Ze’ev offers new ways to frame stories that would allow us to break free of the one-dimensional perceptions that prevent us from understanding ourselves and the other side.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 27 August 2009) 
by Khaled Diab
In the second article in CGNews’ series on nationalism, Egyptian born writer, Khaled Diab, argues that previously fluid identities have been hardened and narrowed by nationalist ideology and a century of conflict. Israelis and Palestinians nowadays cannot fathom what they have in common. In light of the hardcore nationalism currently in vogue on both sides, Diab questions the viability of a two-state solution and suggests an alternative.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 27 August 2009) 
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