Vol. 18 No. 4 , 2013
The Younger Generation

There is no doubt that the future belongs to the younger generation, who could make a tremendous impact on the road to a better future if given the opportunity. They are the key to the future and will provide the future leadership for both Palestinian and Israeli societies. The younger generation on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a sensor on one hand and a mirror on the other. They are more sensitive to the conflict and feel its influence on the smallest details of their daily lives, and reflect, as a mirror, how they envisage this conflict and project it onto their attitudes and behavior.

As a result, young people in both communities are becoming more extreme in their positions or apathetic, due to a general lack of contact and knowledge of the other. This is due to the Separation Wall, the lack of progress toward a negotiated settlement, the absence of hope, frustration, despair, joblessness on the Palestinian side and growing extremism in both societies
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Table of Contents
  1. The Younger Generation ( )

    By Ziad AbuZayyad Vol. 18 No. 4 2013
  2. Remembering Leila Dabdoub ( )

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  3. Focus
  4. The Relationship between the Younger and Older Generations ( )
    Through education, training and collective action, youth can bring about change in the political structure — but it must come from the youth themselves.
    By Nidal Fuqaha Vol. 18 No. 4 2013
  5. The Purpose of Dialogue Groups ( )
    Dialogue groups do not lead to a particular and known political solution but to a more encompassing perception that enables us to cope and fosters a deeper, more accurate and comprehensive view of reality.
    By Lior Amihai Vol. 18 No. 4 2013
  6. Recognition, Acknowledgment and Dignity ( )
    We have no choice but to learn how to coexist and share this land; we cannot defeat each other militarily and that each nation is here to stay.
    By Fadi Rabieh Vol. 18 No. 4 2013
  7. Egypt’s Rebels Without a Pause ( )
    The failure of new leaders to address the needs and aspirations of young people means that the youth-led revolution will not stop until real change is achieved.
    By Khaled Diab Vol. 18 No. 4 2013
  8. Jordan: No Country for Young Men ( )
    For all their potential and the lip service paid them as a majority group, Jordanian youth today are not being heard and see a system stacked against them.
    By Jonah Shepp Vol. 18 No. 4 2013
  9. Human Rights, the Internet and Social Media: Has Technology Changed the Way We See Things? ( )
    Social media is not the agent changing the way we see things; rather, it is the minds that use it step by step to try to make a change.
    By Ziad Khalil AbuZayyad Vol. 18 No. 4 2013
  10. Erosion of the Israeli Social Contract? ( )
    Instead of alternating between withdrawal and neoliberalism, the younger generation should reformulate a new agenda based on a vision for a “just society.”
    By Doron Navot Vol. 18 No. 4 2013
  11. Who Is Afraid of Peace? ( )
    The Oslo Accords’ dashed hopes, the Rabin assassination, the second intifada, and the policy of separation and military reality in the Occupied Palestinian Territories have defined younger Israelis’ outlook.
    By Yael Patir Vol. 18 No. 4 2013
  12. The Challenge of Democratic Transitions in the Middle East ( )
    The younger generation should focus on gradual and systematic social change that includes promoting human rights values and various freedoms.
    By Riman Barakat Vol. 18 No. 4 2013
  13. All of the Above: Identity Paradoxes of Young People in Israel ( )
    Today’s youth accept the ambiguity of the status quo and reject the dichotomous world outlook on political, economic, and social issues, creating instead a a unified picture composed of the fragments.
    By Dr. Roby Nathanson and Dr. Ralf Hexel Vol. 18 No. 4 2013
  14. Coexistence of Palestinians and Israelis: Realities and Difficulties ( )
    The continuation of the conflict will only harm youth by stealing their energy, efforts, and financial resources that should be spent on creativity and education.
    By Dareen Siam Vol. 18 No. 4 2013
  15. Post-Marranism: The Shared Plurality of Young Jews and Muslims in France ( )
    The identities of young French Jews and Muslims have in common the elements of plural identities, double consciousness, the importance of collective memory and plural religiosity.
    By Ygael Attali Vol. 18 No. 4 2013
  16. The Younger Generation and the Two-State Solution ( )
    With time and demographic trends on Hamas’ side, moderates on all sides must cooperate to bring about the two-state solution.
    By Itamar Roi Vol. 18 No. 4 2013
  17. My Journey of Understanding ( )
    We are still fighting — only the battle has become a shared one; it is for peace, justice and understanding.
    By Hussam Rateb Vol. 18 No. 4 2013
  18. Eight Palestinian Youth Speak to President Obama ( )
    Palestinian youth spoke with U.S. President Barack Obama about their struggles, accomplishments, and aspirations for themselves and their country.
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  19. Roundtable
  20. Younger Generation ( )
    Yael Patir, Daoud Abu-Libdeh, Arik Segal, Mousa Abassi, Lior Finkel, Apo Sahagian. Moderator: Hillel Schenker
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  21. Interview
  22. “It’s our generation’s responsibility to bring a genuine feeling of hope” ( )

    By Stav Shaffir Vol. 18 No. 4 2013
  23. Viewpoint
  24. Two States: By Design or Disaster ( )
    Without a negotiated two-state settlement, eventually a bedraggled Palestinian state could emerge alongside an isolated and widely despised Jewish state.
    By Tony Klug Vol. 18 No. 4 2013
  25. The UN Decision: Two Empires Crumbling — And Then What? ( )
    As evident in the UN vote on Palestine’s status, the U.S. is losing clout and Israel is delegitimizing itself with its “expansion, occupation, and siege” mentality.
    By Johan Galtung Vol. 18 No. 4 2013
  26. Ring Out the Old, Ring in the New: Thoughts on the 19th Knesset ( )
    Israel faces four major challenges: the economy, social divisions, the democratic process toward peace and ending the occupation through civic action.
    By Tal Harris Vol. 18 No. 4 2013
  27. Israel & Palestine with Peace & Justice ( )

    By Dan Brook Vol. 18 No. 4 2013
  28. Is Palestinian Statehood at the UN now a Moot Point? ( )

    By Robert Terpstra Vol. 18 No. 4 2013
  29. Culture, Literature and the Arts
  30. “Prayer” and Other Selected Poems ( )

    By Basem el-Nabres Vol. 18 No. 4 2013
  31. I Am From ( )

    By Waleed and Reda Janem Vol. 18 No. 4 2013
  32. The Poet’s Struggle ( )
    Poems by: David Barbi , Adi Tishrai, Amir Or, Lital Michaeli, Raanan Ben-Tovim, Miya Shem-Ur, Gili Haimovich, Oded Hon, Mati Shemoelof
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  33. Documents
  34. Young Mizrahi Israelis’ Open Letter to Arab Peers ( )

    Vol. 18 No. 4 2013