Palestinian Women in the Local and National Arenas

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:
Palestinian Women in the Local and National Arenas

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This chapter examines the presence of Palestinian women in the local and national arenas. While Palestinian women have grown more aware and focused on their right and abilities to take part of political decision making in Israel, this attention has not yet resulted in gains at the national or local ballot boxes. The focus of this chapter is on four main factors that underlie the inability of Palestinian women to thrive politically in Israel. First, they confront an Israeli political culture that does not encourage any woman to engage in politics. Second, they contend with the alienation of Palestinians from national politics; the predominantly male competition for local elections makes it extremely difficult for women to be elected. Third, they face the patriarchal thinking and practices as well as the double standards in Arab society. Fourth, they face their own reluctance to continue fighting in a difficult political arena.

Keywords: women's under-representation; Israeli politics; Knesset; patriarchal thinking; Arab society

Chapter.  20403 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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