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Threat, victimhood, and peace: Debating the 2011 Palestinian UN state membership bid

Jaspal, R and Coyle, A (2014) Threat, victimhood, and peace: Debating the 2011 Palestinian UN state membership bid Digest of Middle East Studies, 23 (1). pp. 190-214.

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Abstract

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been described as one of the most intractable in the world. This article firstly provides an overview of the socio-political events that led up to the Palestinian UN state membership bid in September 2011, and secondly as a case study, it examines how the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was constructed in speeches delivered by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regarding the state membership bid to the UN General Assembly in September 2011. Despite their opposing agendas, there are some significant discursive similarities in the two speeches. The most salient shared discourses concern that of ingroup victimhood, on the one hand, and that of outgroup threat, on the other. It is argued that the speeches unwittingly dispel support for intergroup reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians by aggravating grievances on both sides and accentuating intergroup suspicion. This article highlights the importance of examining political speeches in order to better understand the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Jaspal, RUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Coyle, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 24 April 2014
Identification Number : 10.1111/dome.12041
Uncontrolled Keywords : Israel, Palestine, United Nations, Victimhood, Political speeches, Identity, Discourse analysis, Pluralism
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Additional Information : This is the accepted version of the following article: [Jaspal R, Coyle A (2014). Threat, victimhood, and peace: Debating the 2011 Palestinian UN state membership bid Digest of Middle East Studies 23(1):190-214], which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/dome.12041/abstract.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 15 Jul 2014 12:06
Last Modified : 25 Apr 2016 01:08
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/805696

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