The Women Are Marching: The Second Sex and the Palestinian Revolution

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Interweaving the first comprehensive account of the Palestinian feminist movement with the diary of her experiences as an American Jew living with a Palestinian family in the West Bank, political scientist and human rights activist Philippa Strum tells a dramatic story that virtually all of the international media have ignored. In just five years Palestinian women have not only overcome centuries of isolation, dependence, and repressive gender roles, but they have emerged--and will remain--a key force behind the ...
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Interweaving the first comprehensive account of the Palestinian feminist movement with the diary of her experiences as an American Jew living with a Palestinian family in the West Bank, political scientist and human rights activist Philippa Strum tells a dramatic story that virtually all of the international media have ignored. In just five years Palestinian women have not only overcome centuries of isolation, dependence, and repressive gender roles, but they have emerged--and will remain--a key force behind the popular struggle known as the intifada and a significant threat to Israeli control over the occupied territories. Before the onset of the intifada in 1987, most Palestinian women rarely left their homes, and could do so only if escorted by a female relative. They could not divorce their husbands, and if a Palestinian woman was sexually harassed or abused, she was ostracized from the community and could even be killed. Three months after the intifada began, with no recourse to law or redress in the face of the arrests, the beatings, the torture, and the shootings by the Israeli military, Palestinian women took to the streets, holding more than one hundred marches a week. Led by the women's committees that were formed in the late 1970s, they have since gone on to create an entire social and economic infrastructure to end Palestinian reliance on Israel. In their march toward equality, they are enforcing strike days and boycotts of Israeli products, providing underground health care, building agricultural cooperatives and small-scale industries, opening alternative schools, and smuggling food to communities under curfew. The extent to which the massive transformation in the lives of Palestinian women will endure once independence is achieved remains a question. As long as the occupation lasts, Strum asserts, meaningful reform--whether in gender equality, politics, or economics--will fail to reach fruition in both the occupied territories and Israel. Neverth
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Strum, a Brooklyn College political science professor and a Jew who lived for intervals between 1989 and 1991 in the West Bank town of Ramallah, here seeks to present a fresh, in-depth perspective on the changing sexual and social roles of Palestinian women as a result of the intifada . Strum details the founding of the Women's Work Committee by educated Palestinian women in 1978 and subsequent grassroots recruiting attempts, women's ingenuity in protecting Palestinian men from Israeli soldiers, and the challenges posed to gender roles in a society where women traditionally were not supposed to leave the house. Strum raises disturbing questions about the growing influence of Islamic fundamentalism on West Bank women's lives and about whether women's advances will outlive the occupation. Generally, though, Strum's account is colored by her admitted ``sympathy for the Palestinian independence movement'' and a focus more on the Palestinian cause than on a broader cultural and historical context for discussion of women's roles. Photos not seen by PW . (July)
Library Journal
This sensitive book brings to light a side of the intifada not widely known: the powerful part Palestinian women play in the uprising against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank. Interviewing them, Strum found no hostility toward herself as a Jew but rather toward Americans for bankrolling a brutal and illegal regime for the past 25 years. As their husbands and children are slaughtered, exiled, or jailed and as their homes, schools, and clinics are demolished, adversity has given these women the strength to take up new roles in business and battle. The question, Strum asks, is whether they will ever return to former subservient positions or remain in the workforce. Like Phyllis Bennis in From Stones to Statehood (Olive Branch, 1990), Strum is sympathetic to the Palestinians and quite critical of Israeli policies. Her book should make Americans think twice about where their taxes are going. Highly recommended. See also Orayb Najjar's Portraits of Palestinian Women , reviewed in this issue, p. 93.--Ed.-- Louise Leonard, Univ. of Florida Libs., Gainesville
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556521225
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/1992
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 364

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 West Bank Women 25
2 Ramallah 41
3 The Women's Committees 59
4 Scenes of Life Under Occupation 69
5 Intifada: The First Years 79
6 Scenes from the Intifada 95
7 "The Intifada Smile" 109
8 From the Committees to the Prisons 125
9 Men, Women, and Families 137
10 Nationalism and Feminism 155
11 Women and the Economy 173
12 Intifada: The Turning Point 195
13 The Threat of Fundamentalism 215
14 Revolution Within the Revolution 229
15 After the Gulf War 245
Conclusion: And When the March Is Over? 271
Glossary 277
Notes 279
Useful Background Reading 331
Index 333
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