Between Feminism and Nationalism

Suheir Abu Oksa Daoud

in Palestinian Women and Politics in Israel

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033624
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039268 | DOI:
Between Feminism and Nationalism

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This chapter examines the rebirth and redevelopment of Palestinian women's organizations after 1948 to the present, as well as the development of Palestinian activism prior to the state of Israel. The destruction of Palestinian society in 1948 war created difficulties and delay in the redevelopment of Palestinian women's organizations. The discussion looks at women's activism in political parties and as part of the developing Palestinian civil society in Israel during the late 1980s. It questions the connection between feminism and nationalism among Palestinians in Israel, and the impact of Israeli feminism on this development. It considers whether Palestinian women can more effectively realize their political aspirations through the arena of informal politics, or through local and national electoral politics, in which women have fared dismally.

Keywords: Palestinian activism; 1948 war; women activism; Israeli feminism; nationalism

Chapter.  25398 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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