Pathways to Peace in Israel-Palestine

Online, on Zoom

Pathways to Peace in Israel-Palestine

At a time of widespread pessimism about the prospects for resolving the long-running conflict between Israel and Palestinians, this course examines different ways to resolve, transform or ameliorate the conflict. Register here.


Sequence of Classes: 

1. Introduction and approaches to conflict-resolution (Jay)

2. A brief history of peacemaking efforts and why they failed (Dov)

3. Alternative Solutions: Two States, One State, or a Confederation? (Dov)

4. Alternative Strategies: Grassroots peacebuilding and functional cooperation (Jay)

5. Our role in promoting peace and ending the occupation: What we can do and why we should do it (Jay and Dov)


Taught by two experts on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the course begins with an overview of the field of conflict resolution and various approaches to resolving conflicts. It then reviews the history of diplomatic attempts to resolve the conflict over Israel-Palestine, discussing the reasons why these efforts have failed and what we can learn from them. The course then considers whether a two-state solution to the conflict is possible and examines the feasability of some alternative solutions.


The course then shifts its focus from top-down peacemaking to bottom-up peacebuilding, reviewing the long history of grassroots initiatives to promote peace and reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians. Finally, the course concludes by exploring what Americans, particularly American Jews, can do to help bring about peace and end Israel's ongoing military occupation of the West Bank.


Taking this course will give you a historically informed and holistic understanding of ways to achieve peace and end the occupation.


Instructors: Dov Waxman & Jay Rothman (bios below)

Dates: Tuesdays, January 12 - February 9 (5 sessions)

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Location: On Zoom

Required text: Dov Waxman, The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2019). The book can be purchased at the Brookline Booksmith or online.

Price: $75 - $125 for BWC members // $100 - $150 for non-members

(Cost should never be a barrier to accessing our programs. Our sliding scale covers the cost of our  teachers and overhead, in addition to keeping our courses accessible to participants of all income levels. However, please do not let cost prevent you from participating and, if this range is outside of your means, pay what you can.)





Dov Waxman holds the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Chair in Israel Studies at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). He is also the director of the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies.


Before joining UCLA, he was the Stotsky Professor of Jewish Historical and Cultural Studies at Northeastern University and the co-director of Northeastern University’s Middle East Center. An award-winning teacher, he has also been a professor at the City University of New York and Bowdoin College. He has had visiting fellowships at Oxford University, Tel Aviv University, Bar-Ilan University, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, and his B.A. from Oxford University.


His research focuses on the conflict over Israel-Palestine, Israeli politics and foreign policy, U.S.-Israel relations, American Jewry’s relationship with Israel, Jewish politics, and contemporary antisemitism.


He is the author of four books: The Pursuit of Peace and The Crisis of Israeli Identity: Defending / Defining the Nation (Palgrave, 2006), Israel’s Palestinians: The Conflict Within (Cambridge University Press, 2011), Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict over Israel (Princeton University Press, 2016), and most recently, The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2019). He has also been published in The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Atlantic Monthly, Salon, Foreign Policy, The Forward, and Ha’aretz.


Jay Rothman leads the ARIA Group, Inc. (, as a practitioner-scholar of creative conflict engagement. He began his applied career as Program Coordinator of The Jewish Peace Fellowship some four decades ago and then as the Founding Coordinator of New Jewish Agenda (1981). Dilemmas that Israel posed to NJA’s progressive agenda led him to research and write a monograph called “A Guide to Arab-Jewish Peacemaking Efforts in Israel” (1982) suggesting ways progressive Jews in America could foster solidarity and alliance with progressive Israelis.


This led him in to the then-emerging field of conflict resolution, writing his dissertation and first book on conflict and conflict resolution between Jews and Palestinians in Israel. He has spent over a decade and a half living and working in Jerusalem (most recently from 2012-2019).


Rothman is the author of dozens of journal articles about conflict resolution and five books, including, most recently, Re-Envisioning Conflict Resolution: Vision, Action and Evaluation in Creative Conflict Engagement (Routledge, 2018). His book Resolving Identity-Based Conflict in Nations, Organizations and Communities (Jossey-Bass, 2018) spells out his applied theory with a case study focus on Jerusalem.

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Note: This course will be recorded.