chapter  3
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Intergroup Hatred in Intractable Conflicts— The Ultimate Barrier to Peace

In everyday life when we say that we hate something (let’s say a certain food or drink), what we actually try to express is the most extreme evaluation we can provide for a certain object. Many people say they ‘hate’ eggplant. They are trying to say that they really don’t like this vegetable. They also want to tell the people who surround them that they do not want to see eggplant served on their table ever in their lives. In a similar way, when one hates another person or group, she expresses the most extreme possible evaluation of that object but also implies that she will do everything possible not to encounter that person or group in her

environment. Unfortunately, when such evaluations and motivations are coupled with the violent atmosphere of intergroup conflicts, they can potentially lead to dramatic outcomes.