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date: 23 October 2019

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The questions animating this chapter revolve around how and why the Palestine trope is invoked so effectively in other contexts, with the goal of scrutinizing the discourses that inform its perceived uniqueness. How does Palestine construed as a utopia echo the rhetorical representation of Israel? What are the implications of making national causes symbols of peace and justice? Is the symbolization of Israel-Palestine unique or indicative of broader patterns? The chapter explores these questions through a comparative consideration of the case of Tibet. Using the discursive tool of orientalism, it then exposes limitations of realist and value-essentialist approaches to analyzing the role of cultural affinities in conflict. It develops a typology of diaspora nationalism that explores how “home” and “diasporas”—real or perceived—transform geography into a utopia or landscape of devotion. Finally, it relates solidarity activism and diasporas to peacebuilding, religion, and nationalism more broadly.

Keywords: solidarity activism, religion and nationalism, diasporas, global Palestine solidarity, Tibet, orientalism, anti-Semitism, peacebuilding, Israel/Palestine

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