Palestinian-Arabs Volunteering in State Institutions in Israel: Reconciliation and Peacebuilding or Conflict and Suspicion?

Edith Blit Cohen, Mays Essa

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Abstract

Volunteering in government institutions by national minorities in conflict with the state raises fascinating issues. The identity of Palestinian-Arabs in Israel is divided, as they belong to the Palestinian people and Arab nation, as well as nominal citizens of Israel. This perception study explores the meaning of the volunteering experience for fifteen Palestinian-Arabs in various Israeli state institutions. Three themes arise from the interview analysis: motives for volunteering, challenges faced by the volunteers, and their coping strategies. The study contributes to the theory and practice of the meaning of volunteering in government institutions for minority members in conflict with the state by demonstrating that volunteering is a way of belonging to the society despite the dilemmas and challenges it poses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-28
Number of pages28
JournalPeace and Conflict Studies
Volume29
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2022

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Keywords

  • conflict
  • government institutions
  • national minority
  • Palestinian-Arabs in Israel
  • reconciliation
  • volunteering

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