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The book, “Palestinian Feminist Writing: Between Oppression and Resistance” is the first release of the Gender Studies Program at Mada al-Carmel, the Arab Center for Applied Social Research, and addresses how speech and language contributes to the enrichment of the library of Arab women’s writings while incorporating the cultural, political, social, economic and health issues in the Palestinian context.
This book aims to promote literature and discourse associated with important issues in the study of gender and gender relations in Palestinian society by examining the history and power relations that exist between the Arab community in Israel and the state. It also aims to comment on the debate raised about development research and gender studies as contributing to the creation of strategies, policies and intervention to build Palestinian awareness of political, social and economic issues pertaining to sexuality. Feminist literary theory and critical theories are also developed so as to deepen the readers understanding about this body of knowledge.
The research studies covered in this book look at the voices of women in the Arab-Palestinian community who survived the Nakba, thus becoming a minority in Israel. The writing is conducted by academics at Master’s and Doctoral-level studies, from the perspective of a Palestinian woman.
The book includes six articles, the first of whom is researched by Lina Miari and puts forth a social history of the activism and work of Palestinian women in rural areas in the era of British colonialism. The second article by Fatema Qassem presents women’s narratives about the Nakba. Written by Silvia Saadi, the third article looks at the important issue of Palestinian teachers in Israel, and their attempts to maintain a balance between their Arab and Palestinian affiliation, to preserve their identity and heritage, and their Israeli citizenship. In the fourth article, researcher Areej Sabbagh-Khoury addresses the demographic discourse among the Palestinian political elite in Israel, looking at their positions on the right of return, the Association of Jewish Immigration to the State of Israel, and the "Law of Return." Written by Nada Matta, the fifth article looks at how to deal with Israel as feminist researchers when it comes to the Palestinian right of return. As a relatively neglected subject, the article tries to understand how feminists absorb the effects of Israeli nationalism and the demographic character of the state as indicators of the “law of return” on the status of women. The last researcher Nihaya Daoud addresses the theme of "embodiment tuning patriarchy and the political and economic situation in the health of Palestinian women in Israel." This article aims at highlighting the issue of discrimination in health policies through a study of the views of 86 women and stories about health and obstacles to protect their right to health care.