Common Ground: Promoting Communication and Fostering Trust Among Israeli Arabs and Jews Through Music

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Sonia Archer-Capuzzo (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Advisor
Kelly Burke

Abstract: Most Israeli Arabs and Jews live lives apart. They live in different neighborhoods, attend different schools, and often work in different locations. It is not surprising, then, that there is a lack of basic communication between Jews and Arabs in Israel, which leads to misunderstandings and hostility. Many organizations and groups are trying to bring Israeli Arabs and Jews together to encourage communication and trust. This dissertation explores the role two musical ensembles--Shesh Besh/The Arab-Jewish Ensemble and The Arab-Jewish Youth Orchestra--can play to provide common ground, promote communication, and foster trust between Arab and Jewish musicians and audiences. Shesh Besh and The Arab-Jewish Youth Orchestra both contain Israeli Arab and Jewish members and are both based in Tel Aviv, Israel. They perform for Jews and Arabs throughout Israel and play abroad, primarily in Europe and the United States. They perform a mixture of Western classical, Arab art and folk, Jewish folk, and original compositions that combine these styles to emphasize the Arab-Jewish makeup of the ensembles. Through interviews, travel, and research, I examine the ensembles, their missions, the musicians, the audience, and the music performed. The musical examples discussed in Chapter Three are in the online multimedia portion of this dissertation. In this dissertation, I ask whether Shesh Besh and The Arab-Jewish Youth Orchestra succeed in attaining their shared goal of promoting communication and trust between Israeli Arabs and Jews.

Additional Information

Publication
Dissertation
Language: English
Date: 2008
Keywords
Middle East, Shesh Besh, Arab-Jewish Youth Orchestra, Conflict Resolution, Arts
Subjects
Arab-Israeli conflict--1993-
Conflict management
Mediation
Peace-building
Music and war
Music and youth

This item contains the following parts:

TitleLocation & LinkType of Relationship
03_Piano_Prelude_Op.28http://libres.uncg.edu/ir/uncg/f/03_Piano_Prelude_Op.28.wmaThe described resource includes the related resource either physically or logically.
07_Shibolet_Basadehttp://libres.uncg.edu/ir/uncg/f/07_Shibolet_Basade.wmaThe described resource includes the related resource either physically or logically.
Collective_Memoryhttp://libres.uncg.edu/ir/uncg/f/Collective_Memory.mp3The described resource includes the related resource either physically or logically.
Khatwet_Habibihttp://libres.uncg.edu/ir/uncg/f/Khatwet_Habibi.mp3The described resource includes the related resource either physically or logically.
Shibolet_Ba_sadehttp://libres.uncg.edu/ir/uncg/f/Shibolet_Ba_sade.mp3The described resource includes the related resource either physically or logically.