Panel Discussion

The Tragedy in Gaza: Competing Narratives

January 14, 2009
12:15 - 1:45pm
Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library

Prof. Amaney Jamal, Assistant Professor of politics at Princeton University
Prof. Shai Feldman, Judith and Sidney Swartz Director at the Crown Center
Moderator: Prof. Robert Art, Christian A. Herter Professor of International Relations at Brandeis University

The events in Gaza and southern Israel have resulted in tragedies for both the Israelis and Palestinians. Not only does the crisis entail the loss of innocent Palestinian and Israeli lives, but potentially it may produce a traumatic blow to the peace process, future reconciliation, and moderate stances altogether. In addition, the crisis holds the potential to dramatically change the dynamics between Hamas, Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and regional states. Prof. Amaney Jamal and Prof. Shai Feldman presented the Palestinian and Israeli narratives respectively and led a discussion analyzing possible implications of the crisis for the parties involved and the Middle East at large.