Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-v

Contents

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p. vii

Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

List of Tables

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p. xi

List of Abbreviations

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p. xii

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Introduction

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pp. 1-9

As a young Palestinian girl growing up in Israel, I dreamed about becoming a government minister or an ambassador. Later, I realized that this dream would never come true. I came to understand that in the state of Israel, political-national barriers would prevent me and other ambitious Palestinian women ...

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1. The Politics of the Trapped Palestinian Minority in Israel

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pp. 10-41

During Harb Tamuz (July) 2006 war, Palestinians in Israel received a sharp reminder of their complicated and contradictory status as citizens of Israel and members of a larger Arab nationality and identity. Palestinians were caught between Hezbollah’s Katyusha rockets and the Jewish state; the rockets killed ...

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2. Between Feminism and Nationalism

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pp. 42-107

Examining the history of international feminism in relation to the rise of nationalism, Gisela Kaplan claims that—with a few exceptions—European feminism was not compatible with nationalism at any point in Western European history (Kaplan 1997: 3–37). In the Arab world, however, women’s struggle ...

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3. Reshaping the Narrative: The Voices of Palestinian Women

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pp. 108-153

This chapter identifies three stages that shaped and influenced these women’s involvement in politics. The first stage, “the formative years of a political Palestinian woman,” covers the sociological characteristics of the interviewed women including socioeconomic status, familial, political, and social background, as well ...

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4. Palestinian Women in the Local and National Arenas

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pp. 154-204

The broad subject of women’s under-representation in politics has garnered scholarly attention around the world. Despite major shifts in women’s lives over the last fifty years—in family life, work, political and educational access, and social awareness—equal participation of women in key decision-making ...

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Conclusion

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pp. 205-212

In June 2006, I visited my family in Mi῾ilya, the small village in Western Galilee where I grew up, not far from the Lebanese border. While tensions were high in Israel because of the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier in the Gaza Strip, the pressure in Mi῾ilya felt especially intense. The young soldier came from ...

Appendix A

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pp. 213-217

Appendix B

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pp. 219-220

Appendix C

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pp. 221-222

Appendix D

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p. 223

Notes

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pp. 225-230

Glossary

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pp. 231-233

Works Cited

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pp. 235-252

Index

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pp. 253-259

About the Author

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p. 260