Ethos of Conflict of the Palestinian Society

  • Ronni ShakedEmail author
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This chapter presents the ethos of conflict of the Palestinian society. It deals with the roots of the Palestinian ethos, the process of its formation, its components, and its unique content as reflected and expressed in the psychological repertoire of the Palestinian society. The chapter begins by defining concepts that relate to the idea of “ethos” on the basis of the work of Daniel Bar Tal. The second part of the chapter reviews the evolvement of the Palestinian ethos through the major historical events in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which crystallized, shaped, and influenced the ethos. The third part discusses the composition and nature of the eight themes of societal beliefs which are the building blocks of the Palestinian ethos of conflict. The discussion emphasizes the four dominant societal beliefs that constitute the Palestinian ethos: justness of the goals, patriotism, delegitimization, and victimization. The chapter illustrates the significance of each societal belief, its contents, and its contribution to the ethos of conflict of the Palestinian society. The last part of the chapter deals with the Palestinian culture of conflict and its components.


Gaza Strip Palestinian Authority Armed Struggle Palestine Liberation Organization Societal Belief 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of PeaceHebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael

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