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Political-Social Movements: Revolutionary: Palestine
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Palestinian women have been part of the resistance against Israeli colonialism throughout the history of the conflict. They have often been mobilized via their domestic roles and kinship ties as mothers and wives, but also as militants, politicians, and grassroots organizers.

During the Arab Revolt (1936–9), a sustained strike against the British Mandate and Zionist incursions in Palestine, women hid and prepared food for fighters and acted as couriers for men who had less freedom of movement (Sayigh 1993, 188). Through their involveme…

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Allen, Lori A., “Political-Social Movements: Revolutionary: Palestine”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 29 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0135f>
First published online: 2009

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