By Miri -
Highlighting the participation of Palestinian women in the struggle for national self-determination is important, but also often misleading. Overemphasising and celebrating their role can obscure the challenges that they face within their own society. Applying gendered theories which solely focus on their position within Palestinian society on the other hand too often ignores the extent to which the Israeli occupation intervenes with and disrupts all dimensions of Palestinian life. Especially Western analysts commonly concentrate on the personal/gendered circumstances of the women's lives in question, and elide the Occupation, which however should be seen as the single most important motivation for women to participate in resistance activities.
Palestinian women's participation in resistance activities is by no means a recent phenomenon, but goes back more than a century and even predates the establishment of the British Mandate over Palestine.
|Women activists collecting donations for the struggle, 1938|
|Two activists of the "Mala'ikat Al Rahma", 1947|
|The now iconic photo of Leila Khaled|
|Gaza, First Intifada|
|Idris' family in front of her martyr poster|
|The new generation, Ofer, West Bank, 2012|
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