- Activists, Lobbyists, and Suicide Bombers: Lessons from the Palestinian Women's Movement
- Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East
- Duke University Press
- Volume 32, Number 2, 2012
- pp. 437-446
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This essay offers an overview of the recent history of the Palestinian women's movement beginning with the first intifada (1988-93), passing through the post-Oslo years, and ending with Al Aqsa Intifada (2000-present) in order to highlight the silences of this movement regarding issues of sexuality, militarization, and religion. Amireh argues that these silences were justified by a hegemonic national prioritization paradigm that evaded dealing with women's issues and by a smear campaign conducted against women activists and NGOs by a vocal Islamist movement that, unlike the secular national movement, places gender and sexuality at the center of its transformative project.