Organising Across-Identity Group Divisions in the Context of Acute Political Conflict—Operation Cast Lead: A Case Study

Grodofsky, Merav Moshe; Yudelevich, Daniela
September 2012
British Journal of Social Work;Sep2012, Vol. 42 Issue 6, p1060
Academic Journal
The paper describes the inter-communal organising effort spearheaded by the authors, two Jewish Israelis, of Jews and Arabs in Israel's southern Negev region during Operation Cast Lead in the winter of 2008–09. The organising effort began due to growing concern for the Jewish and Arab populations residing in the Southern Negev of Israel and the manner in which Operation Cast Lead would impact on the delicate social and political fabric that enabled inter-communal coexistence. Organising meetings and internet communications between the communities led to the citizen initiative ‘darom4peace’—‘the south4peace’ that bore two joint Jewish–Arab peace vigils calling for the end to violence by Hamas and the Israeli government. The efforts exposed the authors, a social work academic and her student to the complexities inherent to organising during a period of acute political conflict. Issues for consideration of the role of the profession in the context of political conflict are discussed.


Related Articles

  • Getting beyond ‘Heroic Agency’ in Conceptualising Social Workers as Policy Actors in the Twenty-First Century. Marston, Greg; Mcdonald, Catherine // British Journal of Social Work;Sep2012, Vol. 42 Issue 6, p1022 

    The professional project of social work assumes a particular orientation to human agency on the part of social workers. Specifically, the social work educational literature focusing on the nature of the profession suggests that social workers exert considerable control over the means and ends of...

  • Israeli crackdown unites Arabs. Barr, Cameron W.; Gaouette, Nicole // Christian Science Monitor;10/10/2000, Vol. 92 Issue 223, p1 

    Reports on the reaction of Palestinian Arabs and other Arabs to violence in the Middle East between Palestinian and Israeli Arabs and Israeli Jews. Belief that the United States, as the main supplier of weapons to Israel, is partly responsible for the death of numerous Arabs; Indications that...

  • Editorial. Spalek, Basia; Mcdonald, Laura Zahra // British Journal of Social Work;Sep2012, Vol. 42 Issue 6, p1013 

    An introduction is presented in which the editors discuss articles within the special issue on topics including contribution of social work in recent political mission of the Chinese party state, conceptualisation of social justice and relation of social work in political context.

  • IDENTIFICATION IN VIOLENT SETTINGS AND SITUATIONS OF RAPID CHANGE. Schlee, Günther // Africa (Edinburgh University Press);2003, Vol. 73 Issue 3, p333 

    Introduces the September 2003 issue of 'Africa,' the journal of the International African Institute. Collection of papers that deal with forms of identification in North-East Africa or the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development against a background of violence and rapid change; Forces to...

  • THE POWER OF SEX: SOME REFLECTIONS ON THE CALDWELLS' 'AFRICAN SEXUALITY' THESIS. Heald, Suzette // Africa (Edinburgh University Press);1995, Vol. 65 Issue 4, p489 

    This article consists of a series of reflections about the nature of sexuality in East Africa framed in response to the theories put forward by J. C. Caldwell and his collaborators. It argues that their views fail to grasp the way sexual restraints and restrictions form the basis of the moral...

  • Negotiating the Transnational Politics of Social Work in Post-Conflict and Transition Contexts: Reflections from South-East Europe. Stubbs, Paul; Maglajlić, Reima Ana // British Journal of Social Work;Sep2012, Vol. 42 Issue 6, p1174 

    Based on the pre-war, war and post-war experiences of social work and social welfare reform in south-east Europe, particularly the former Yugoslavia, the authors reflect on the reasons for some of the paradoxes regarding the politicisation of social work over the past two decades, given the...

  • Generations: The Time Machine in Theory and Practice. Funk, Laura M. // Canadian Journal on Aging;Jun2011, Vol. 30 Issue 2, p303 

    The article reviews the book "Generations: The Time Machine in Theory and Practice," by Judith Burnett.

  • Spirituality and Religion among the General Public: Implications for Social Work Discourse. Hodge, David R. // Social Work;Jul2015, Vol. 60 Issue 3, p219 

    Conceptualizations play a central role in social work discourse, shaping actions in the areas of practice, research, and education. Although many formulations of spirituality and religion have been advanced by social work scholars, the views of members of the general public have been largely...

  • Challenging the Pursuit of Criminalisation in an Era of Mass Incarceration: The Limitations of Social Work Responses to Domestic Violence in the USA. Kim, Mimi E. // British Journal of Social Work;Oct2013, Vol. 43 Issue 7, p1276 

    This article critically reflects upon the social work field engaging the issue of domestic violence and its relationship to the criminal legal system in the USA. The historical trajectory of the contemporary battered women's movement beginning in the 1970s parallels the rise of criminalisation...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics