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Quakers in the Israeli–Palestinian
ConflictThe Dilemmas of NGO Humanitarian Activism$
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Nancy Gallagher

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9789774161056

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774161056.001.0001

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Quaker Peacemaking in Theory and Practice

Quaker Peacemaking in Theory and Practice

(p.7) 1 Quaker Peacemaking in Theory and Practice
Quakers in the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict

Nancy Gallagher

American University in Cairo Press

The Quaker approach to conflict resolution has entailed listening to grievances and, to avoid unnecessary publicity, working behind the scenes to foster communication between the hostile parties. Quakers believe that there is something of God in everyone, that all people have the capacity for love and goodness, and that more can be accomplished by appealing to this capacity than by threatening punishment or retaliation. They do not deny the existence of evil, but believe that the most effective way of combating it is not with armed force. They strive to build relationships and political structures that can contain and resolve conflict and to abstain from relationships and political structures that are unjust and exploitative. Most Quakers are committed pacifists who oppose both the chauvinism of nationalist movements and militant revolutionary movements that seek to destroy the old order in favor of the new.

Keywords:   Quaker approach, goodness, build relationship, political structures, chauvinism

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