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The Role of Internal Third-Party Interveners in Civil Resistance Campaigns: The Case of Israeli–Jewish Anti-Occupation Activists

Fleischmann, L. ORCID: 0000-0002-1228-9142 (2019). The Role of Internal Third-Party Interveners in Civil Resistance Campaigns: The Case of Israeli–Jewish Anti-Occupation Activists. Government and Opposition: an international journal of comparative politics, doi: 10.1017/gov.2019.27

Abstract

When a non-violent resistance campaign does not have leverage to challenge powerful opponents, third-party intervention has been shown to assist. While the role of external third-party interveners – foreign activists – has been documented, less attention has been given to intervention from members of the dominant population. Drawing from the literature on civil resistance and through the study of Israeli Jews who intervene in Palestinian resistance campaigns against the Israeli military occupation, I argue that intervention from members of the dominant population is strategically desirable. Through an analysis of three Palestinian campaigns, this article identifies that the physical presence of Israeli Jews was needed to ensure the Palestinians could maintain their resistance efforts and presence on the land, despite the repression they faced. Furthermore, the skills and knowledge of the Israelis were needed to help the Palestinians achieve some of their goals, at least in the short term.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This article has been acceepted for publication in a revised form in Government and Opposition: an international journal of comparative politics https://doi.org/10.1017/gov.2019.27. This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution or re-use. © Cambridge University Press 2019.
Subjects: J Political Science
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > International Politics
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/22552
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