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Catastrophe in Gaza

Nancy Gallagher

in Quakers in the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9789774161056
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970177 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774161056.003.0004
Catastrophe in Gaza

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During the Second World War, the British military had vast army bases stationed in Gaza but they abandoned them in 1948. When Zionist forces attacked towns and villages throughout southern Palestine, tens of thousands of Palestinians fled or were expelled from their homes. Many sought safety in a part of Gaza that was still held by the Egyptian army. Palestinian Arabs were being made to pay for the mistakes and bad politics of Europe. They had nowhere to go and no work to do. People needed food, clothing, bedding, tents, medicines, and medical care. The Egyptians had performed great deeds for relief, but could not do everything alone. Refugee relief was not the goal of the AFSC unit in Gaza. The AFSC had accepted the invitation to participate in the Gaza relief effort with the expectation of assisting in the repatriation and reconciliation process.

Keywords: Second World War; AFSC; British military; Gaza; Egyptian army; Palestinian Arabs

Chapter.  10798 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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