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A Model for Dealing with the Past in the Israeli–Palestinian Context.

Dudai, Ron
June 4, 2015

Source: (2007) International Journal of Transitional Justice. 1:249-267.

This article explores the potential applicability of transitional justice ideas to the
Israeli–Palestinian context. I argue that given the particularities of the Israeli–Palestinian
setting, truth and reconciliation would be an essential component of peacemaking even
though this is an inter-societal conflict which will likely be resolved only through separation
into two states. Nevertheless, the interstate nature creates challenges to the application
of common transitional justice mechanisms. In response to these challenges I offer a
model based on an incremental process of narrow mechanisms throughout a long process
of transition, rather than one high-profile all-encompassing mechanism in the post-conflict
stage. I also suggest that in addition to issues to be explored jointly by the two societies,
such as refugees, prisoner release and compensation for victims of violence, there
could also be internal truth and reconciliation processes within each society. Finally, this
model is premised on an important role for civil society initiatives. (author’s abstract)


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