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The state of Israel and the Palestinian nation are at a monumental juncture in their histories. Both have a chance to claim a new future but more than a quarter of a century of occupation has had significant social, political, economic, cultural, psychological and moral ramifications for Israeli and Palestinian men and women.
Women and the Israeli Occupation analyses the impact of the occupier/occupied dichotomy on the lives of Palestinian, Israeli Palestinian, and Israeli Jewish women. The book argues that the Occupation has exposed internal conflicts, challenging social structures within all three societies, but has also reinforced existing loyalties as Palestinian and Jewish women have moved into public political action and worked together to end the Occupation. It suggests that although military occupation is not colonialism, there are many similarities in the Israeli/Palestinian case.

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Eleven essays analyze the impact of the occupier/occupied dichotomy on the lives of Palestinian, Israeli Palestinian, and Israeli Jewish women. The book argues that the occupation has exposed internal conflicts, challenging social structures within all three societies, as well as reinforcing existing loyalties as Palestinian and Jewish women have moved into public political action and worked together to end the occupation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

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Acknowledgments
1 Women and the Israeli Occupation: The context 1
2 What has the occupation done to Palestinian and Israeli women? 16
3 Between national and social liberation: The Palestinian women's movement in the Israeli occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip 33
4 Heightened Palestinian nationalism: Military occupation, repression, difference and gender 62
5 Israeli women against the Occupation: Political growth and the persistence of ideology 88
6 Palestinian women in Israel: Identity in light of the Occupation 106
7 Homefront as battlefield: Gender, military occupation and violence against women 121
8 Trends in labor market participation and gender-linked occupational differentiation 138
9 Women street peddlers: The phenomenon of Bastat in the Palestinian informal economy 147
10 Environmental problems affecting Palestinian women under occupation 164
11 A feminist politics of health care: The case of Palestinian women under Israeli occupation, 1979-1982 179
Index 199
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