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These articles are written by experts and professionals in the field of political psychology. They provide the reader with a better understanding of Psychological Barriers and how they affect people, nations, and conflicts.

Violence and vandalism return to Jerusalem and the West Bank

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by Peace We Can   27.02.2015
Palestinians attempted to stab Israeli citizen in Jerusalem and an IDF soldier in Gush Etzion, near Bethlehem. IDF soldiers killed a Palestinian in Daheishe Refugee Camp, also near Bethlehem. "Tag Price" terrorists torched a church in Jerusalem and a mosque near Bethlehem, as well as uprooted olive trees near Hebron.
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Unemployment and political rivalries trouble the lives of Gazans

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by Peace We Can   23.02.2015
The latest clash with Israel has left almost a third of the Gazans unemployed. At the same time, different factions of Fatah and Hamas are fighting over withheld paychecks, as violence erupts on the streets in the form of shootings, kidnappings and car burning. ISIS affiliated activists have also taken responsibility for bombing private homes belonging to Fatah members and the French Cultural Center.
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Poll indicates Israelis concerned incitement may lead to political violence

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by Peace We Can   20.02.2015
Most Israels believe the police is not doing enough to stop political incitement and violence on the web and the street, and half believe the likelihood that further political assassinations will happen has risen. Bayit Yehudi supporters recently assaulted gay rights activists trying to protest the party's stance towards gays.
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Abbas and IDF: PA approaching financial meltdown

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by Peace We Can   15.02.2015
Many of public sector workers of the PA received for the last two month only 60% of their salary due to the tax freeze. EU Foreign Policy Chief calls on Israel to release the tax revenues in order to avert the crisis.
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Zouabi and Marzel banned from running to the Knesset

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by Peace We Can   13.02.2015
Both Zoubi and Marzel stand accused by their opponents of assisting acts that harm Israel's security- Zoubi for her Palestinian nationalist activism, such as participating in the Mavi Mara flottila, and Marzel for his activism in the Khanist Kach organisation. Both intend to appeal to the High Court against the decision.
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Congress members argue for cutting financial support to the PA

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by Peace We Can   03.02.2015
Kerry received a demand to cut the aid for the PA as long as it continues to act against Israel in the ICC and the UN Security Council in two separate letters. The House Foreign Affairs Committee's Middle East panel is going to hold a hearing this week instigating whether the PA is committed to peace.
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Kahane follower runs for Knesset with Eli Yishayi's party

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by Peace We Can   01.02.2015
Baruch Marzel is placed in the fourth slot of the joint list of Yachad, a splinter party of Shas, as Otzma Yehudit's representative. It is uncertain whether the joint list will be able to attract enough votes to pass the threshold into the Knesset.
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High Court slams authorities for inadequate water supply to East Jerusalem

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by Peace We Can   23.01.2015
After ten months of no available running water, the Court criticized the negligence in the matter of upgrading the infrastructure providing water to Arab neighborhoods, as well as criticizing during a separate hearing the unequal policy of the government's planning and providing postal services to Arab neighborhoods in East Jerusalem.
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President Rivlin: Palestinian tax freeze against Israel's intrests

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by Peace We Can   07.01.2015
In a meeting with current and future Israeli ambassadors to Europe, Rivlin explained that damaging the Palestinian's ability to run a self sustaining economy will not benefit Israel in the long run. He also denied allegations that internal investigations into war crimes weaken the IDF.
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Head of "Lehava" arrested with nine activists, Palestinian killed in Qalandia

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by Peace We Can   16.12.2014
Benzi Gopstein and nine other "Lehava" activists were arrested by the police in connection to the arson of a classroom in the Jewish Arab bilingual school. An IDF force that entered Qalandia refugee camp were spotted and encountered fire, while returning fire killed a Palestinian who threw an explosive at them.
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Courts criticize military prosecution for failure to prosecute Israeli soldiers

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by Peace We Can   05.12.2014
Judges from both the High Court and a magistrates court reprimand the military prosecution over negligence in handling cases of killings of Palestinians by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank. Also, it took almost two years for an investigation over the killing of two Palestinian teens to end with the arrest of the suspect border policeman for murder and of his officer for trying to cover up the case.
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UN declares emergency state in flooded Gaza

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by Peace We Can   30.11.2014
Still reeling from the blows of last summer's conflict, many residents of Gaza find themselves ill equipped to handle stormy weather. Following the flooding of neighborhoods in North Gaza the UN declared a state of emergency.
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Concrete blockades in Jerusalem separate Arab neighborhoods from Jewish ones

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by Peace We Can   28.11.2014
In the past few weeks concrete blockades have been erected by Israeli security forces in the neighborhoods of Sur Baher, Ras Al-Amud, Jabal Al-Mukabber, and even Abu Tor, a neighborhood that has kept on good terms with its Jewish neighbors. This is the first time since '67 that permanent manned blockades have been erected within Jerusalem's Arab neighborhoods and its surrounding villages.
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The danger of the unilateral approach

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by Eldad Levy   23.09.2013
The unilateral approach regarding the Palestinians has become Israel’s most likely course of action. For many, the conflict has become a part of life in Israel, part of a tolerable status-quo. Making that assumption is a serious mistake.
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See under: Peace

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by Shiri Barr   20.05.2013
What exactly Peace Studies are about? Should Peace be studied as a separate area to Defense studies, and if so, what insights can we gain from separating peace and war?
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Spiderman and the Green Goblin

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by Shiri Barr   02.05.2013
A polarized view of the world can lead to the demonization of individuals and groups. When we understand the cause and effects of this phenomenon, we can negate its impact.
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Activities

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by The Arik Institute    02.05.2013
Why, after so many years, there is still no peace?
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It’s time to remove your armor

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by Shiri Barr   03.04.2013
The Conflict Mindset acts as a protective armor for our psyche which helps us handle stressful and upsetting situations. But when we seek to end the conflict, it can hinder and obstruct our attempts to reach reconciliation.
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Two boys film

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by Fund for Peace, Tolerance and Reoncillia   17.03.2013
A short inspiring film about friendship that transcends barriers.
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Greetings to Obama

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by Yitzhak Frankenthal    17.03.2013
This message will be printed in the Jerusalem Post towards President's Obama visit in the region.
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The Palestinian hunger strikers- like Rashomon

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by Elhanan Miller   26.02.2013
The current unrest in the West Bank caused by the hunger strike of Palestinian prisoners is a good example of a biased media coverage of an escalation between Israelis and Palestinians, leading to the formation of a limited point of view on both sides.
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Conflict Transformation - conflict as a force for change

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by Shiri Barr   31.01.2013
Instead of viewing conflict as a negative phenomenon that only causes friction and disruption, an approach of conflict as an opportunity to change the relationship between the disputing sides can give hope for a successful resolution of conflict.
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Side by Side Project update

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by By Peace We Can staff    10.01.2013
The Israeli Press ignores the effect of the withholding of tax fees on the financial status of the Palestinian Authority, while Arabic press reports of resulting demonstrations and strikes.
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Israel addicted to war

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by Prof. Zeev Maoz   01.01.2013
Israeli wars, military operations based on flawed belief that force can solve problem.
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Side by Side Project - weekly update

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by Peace We Can staff & Yitzhak Frankenthal   27.12.2012
A comparative study of media coverage of both sides - Israeli and Palestinian. This week will deal with the attitudes towards the issue of Jerusalem, as seen in the coverage of Israeli building plans in Jerusalem.
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Goliath and David 2012

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by Yitzhak Frankenthal   20.11.2012
Yitzhak Frankenthal reveals the reason behind the lack of reason in a time of war in Gaza
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Memories of a graduate of the Israeli mainstream school system

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by Michal Haramati   04.11.2012
In the first article in a series on nationalism in the Israeli educational system, student Michal Haramati asks if Israeli nationalism is facing “an internal existential threat so severe that the educational system must do everything it can to withhold knowledge from the very bearers of nationalism”.
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Israeli and Palestinian go from enemies to brothers

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by Shelley Hermon   25.10.2012
Israeli filmmaker Shelley Hermon chronicles the unbelievable story of a Palestinian and an Israeli who were able to reconcile in her film Within the Eye of the Storm. But, she asks, will it make a difference?
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Dangerous Intentions

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by Daniel Bar-Tal   17.10.2012
The nature of relations between Israelis and Palestinians is an important factor in determining the security situation in the Middle East, and even influences the security of the international community.
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An Alternative Religious Ideology

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by Moshe Halbertal   16.10.2012
Only an alternative religious interpretation of Islam and Judaism can undermine ultra¬nationalist interpretation in favor of reconciliation.
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The Historical Roots of The Middle-East Conflict

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by Prof. Ephraim Yaar   07.10.2012
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is over 100 hundred years old, though it has become more intense and widely known since the late 1940's, when on November 29 1947, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted Resolution 181, which called for the partition of Palestine into a Jewish State and an Arab State.
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Only the PA Can Deliver

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by Yitzhak Frankenthal   20.09.2012
After the Palestinian state is founded, reciprocity should indeed be expected in education for peace and in the relationship in general.
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Weariness and Hope

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by Ata Al Qaymari   12.09.2012
As the weariness grows so will the readiness for reconciliation and mutual agreement, and until then, destruction, oppression and suffering will reign supreme.
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Vision

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by Yitzhak Frankenthal    10.09.2012
The Institute's Vision:
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On Holiness, Sovereignty and Sacrilege

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by Professor Moshe Halbertal   03.09.2012
Do the Palestinians want peace or not? What are Israel’s security needs and how can they be reconciled with the Palestinians need for a dignified solution that will give them sovereign territory? Can a Jewish democratic State be sustained under the present demographic conditions without having to divide the land?
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Mental Barriers

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by Tal Lehman   15.07.2012
Cognitive and Motivational Barriers are universal and psychological biases, which are only relevant to conflicts.
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Conflict Culture

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by Tal Lehman   15.07.2012
Social beliefs and collective reactions and emotions which are connected to the conflict and preserve it.
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Cognitive Compromises

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by Tal Lehman   15.07.2012
“Cognitive Freezing”; stubborn thinking and perceiving which interfere during the process of analyzing information properly and make it difficult.
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Despair

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by Eran Halperin Lecture   08.07.2012
Despair: a Psychological and Social Barrier for Conflict Resolution
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Hate

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by Eran Halperin Lecture   08.07.2012
Hate: a Psychological and Social Barrier for Conflict Resolution
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Fear

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by Eran Halperin Lecture   08.07.2012
Fear: a Psychological and Social Barrier for Conflict Solutions
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