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Abd Al-nasser and the Palestinian National Movement

Camille Mansour and Leila Fawaz

in Transformed Landscapes

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9789774162473
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970191 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774162473.003.0009
Abd Al-nasser and the Palestinian National Movement

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Nasser's Egypt and Arafat's Palestinian national's history movement bears a certain resemblance to a stormy love affair—a mixture of attraction and aversion, respect and suspicion, quarrels and reconciliations. Palestinian distrust of the Arab regimes, and the conviction that they had consistently “betrayed” the Palestinians, predated the 1948 war. They also blamed the Arab states for failing to give adequate support to the 1936–39 popular revolt in Palestine, which Britain brutally suppressed, exiling the Palestinian leadership and completely disarming the population at a time when the Haganah, the Zionist military organization, was arming itself and building up its offensive capability. Without doubt, a good dose of optimism was needed to embark upon the daring venture agreed to at the meetings in Kuwait. Fatah set patiently to work, little by little creating secret cells in various parts of the Arab world.

Keywords: Nasser; Egypt; Palestinian National Movement; Haganah; offensive capability

Chapter.  9061 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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