Conflict Between Cousins: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Essay by JPWrite

Conflict Between Cousins: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
An analysis of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from a cultural perspective.
# 65673 | 2,725 words | 22 sources | MLA | 2006 | US

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This paper attempts to understand the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the perspective of cultural similarities and differences between the two peoples. The author begins by providing a definition of culture, and then offers a thorough analysis of the various cultural attributes of both groups -- from religion to power to territorialism. The paper concludes with a section entitled "Is Peace Possible?", which looks at this perennial question from the unusual perspective of the cultural impediments to peace, rather than the political ones.
Introduction: What is Culture?
Why Israel and Palestine are Like Each Other and Dislike Each Other
Religious Differences
Influence of United States and Europe
Dissimilar Values
Different Governments - Different People
Is Peace Possible?

From the Paper:

"Traditionally the word culture is used to define people who share a certain set of values. These values may include similar national character, a particular geo-political heritage, or a state sanctioned religion. The article, "The Man in the Baghdad Cafe" goes on to say that in many cases people define themselves by a very small number of shared values rather than the cultural larger set that are said to be shared by Europeans or Asians or residents of the Middle East. In Europe, more people identify with their geographical territory such as Germany or France or England than they do either with national character or religion (Protestant work ethic)."

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