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Israeli Politics and the First Palestinian Intifada: Political Opportunities, Framing Processes and Contentious Politics / Edition 1

Israeli Politics and the First Palestinian Intifada: Political Opportunities, Framing Processes and Contentious Politics / Edition 1

by Eitan Alimi, William GamsonEitan Alimi


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As the Palestinian/Israeli conflict continues to be of major importance in the Middle East, this book employs a new agency approach to understanding the conflict, examining the unprecedented challenge mounted by Palestinian insurgents to Israeli military rule in the West Bank and Gaza between 1987 and 1992. In particular the book discusses how the Palestinians learned about their occupier and how knowledge of Israeli political divisions were used, as well as exploring the various ways in which oppression led to shared grievances and discontent, and the development of organizations to maintain the Intifada.

It has received an award by the Israeli Political Science Association for the best book on Israeli politics in English.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415558853
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 04/29/2009
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Eitan Y. Alimi teaches on contentious politics, social movements and terrorism at the Political Science Department, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He received his Ph.D. from the Sociology Department at Boston College in 2004. He has researched and published articles on national insurgencies, the role of cognition in contentious politics, and the role of the news media during peace-building in Terrorism and Political Violence, Mobilization, Conflict and Communication, and Studies in Conflict and Terrorism.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations     viii
Foreword   William A. Gamson     x
Preface     xiii
Acknowledgments     xv
List of abbreviations     xvii
Introduction     1
Constructing political opportunity     13
The why question of the Intifada     32
The how question of the Intifada     53
The when question of the Intifada     82
The Intifada: tactics for expanding political opportunities     122
Conclusions and the future of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict     160
Postscript: the contentious 1990s and the 2000 Intifada     173
Methodological appendix     190
Notes     203
Bibliography     209
Index     221

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