Palestinian and Israeli Cooperation in Environmental Work During the �Peace Era�

Chaitin, Julia; Obeidi, Fida; Adwan, Sami; Bar-On, Dan
March 2004
International Journal of Politics, Culture & Society;2004, Vol. 17 Issue 3, p523
Academic Journal
This article presents a report summarizing a pilot study conducted by the Israeli-Palestinian research team of the Peace Research Institute in the Middle East (PRIME). Sixteen Israeli and twelve Palestinian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that were engaged in cooperative work were analyzed to measure the degree of their effectiveness in their societies, and obstacles encountered in their cooperative work. In addition, this report presents these NGOs' interpretation of the causes of environmental damage and its connection to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. NGOs data were collected from field interviews, their publications, and web sites. Results showed that while the Israeli and Palestinian NGOs agreed that joint work is needed to address ecological problems, they differed in their reasons for working together. This difference also appeared in their interpretation of the sources of environmental deterioration, relationship of the political conflict to the state of the environment, and the effect of the peace process on solving ecological problems. At the end, it was concluded that �environmental narratives� of both sides differ greatly, and that the establishment of a �culture of peace� is a protracted process.


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