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Social Theory and Practice

Volume 36, Issue 4, October 2010

Glen Pettigrove, Nigel Parsons
Pages 661-688

Palestinian Political Forgiveness
Agency, Permissibility, and Prospects

It is often suggested that the resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict will require forgiveness on the part of both Palestinians and Israelis. This paper looks at what such forgiveness might involve for one party to the conflict. It begins by offering an account of political forgiveness in which both collective actions and collective emotions play a significant role. It then explores whether there is a collective Palestinian agent capable of forgiving as well as whether it would be permissible for such an agent to forgive. It concludes with a discussion of key conditions that, if met, could facilitate Palestinian forgiveness.

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