Accepted paper:

US Jewish peace activism and the Israel-Palestine conflict

Authors:

Jasmin Habib (University of Waterloo)
Virginia Dominguez (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

Paper short abstract:

In this paper, which is based on ethnographic research conducted in the US, I discuss the range of activities that Jewish peace activists have been engaged in as well as the vulnerabilities they experience and express.

Paper long abstract:

While Jewish diasporic identity and belonging in the US has been the topic of many popular titles -- among sociologists and political scientists at least -- until quite recently the topic has received little ethnographic attention. Even less attention has been paid to the role of Jewish diasporic activists engaged in peace and human rights activism and the Israel-Palestine conflict. In this paper, which is based on ethnographic research conducted in the US in the period known as the Oslo Peace period (for the agreement signed by Israel and the Palestine Authority) as well as in the period after the September 2001 attacks on the US, I discuss the range of activities that Jewish activists have been engaged in as well as the vulnerabilities they experience and express.

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Does the future of anthropology not include the USA as a field site (except as 'anthropology at home')?