Blossoms on the Olive Tree: Israeli and Palestinian Women Working for Peace

  • Title: Blossoms on the Olive Tree: Israeli and Palestinian Women Working for Peace
  • Author(s) / Editor(s): Janet M. Powers (Author)
  • Publisher: Praeger
  • Year: 2006
  • ISBN-10: 027599001X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275990015
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 184
  • Size / Format: 2,5 mb / pdf
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Description: Blossoms on the Olive Tree is an American woman’s account of work that Israeli and Palestinian women are doing to educate themselves and their societies about militarization, human rights, women’s rights, and the democratic process. The book highlights women on both sides of the political divide who reach out to each other, engage in bi-national dialogue, and challenge ongoing violence.

Blossoms on the Olive Tree is an American woman’s account of work that Israeli and Palestinian women are doing to educate themselves and their societies about militarization, human rights, women’s rights, and the democratic process. The book highlights women on both sides of the political divide who reach out to each other, engage in bi-national dialogue, and challenge ongoing violence. Despite severe societal restraints in carving out political space for themselves, women in both societies have devised creative opportunities. Powers documents the women’s working committees attached to Palestinian political parties and the creativity of Israeli women striving to civil-ize their society. Ironically, it is their marginalization that offers women space to engage in their peace-building efforts. The book ends with a clarion call for the implementation of UN Resolution 1325, which requires the presences of women at the highest levels of peace negotiations. Women, with their commitment to reconciliation and healing, bring a significant vision to the enterprise of peace-building, and Powers suggests that it’s high time they be taken seriously.

In the course of researching this book, Powers stayed in Jewish homes, Muslim homes, and Christian homes, observing women going about their daily tasks. She shared Shabbat dinners and Christmas dinners, Muslim family celebrations, herbal tea and Arab coffee, benefiting from extraordinary hospitality, and learning that Israeli and Palestinian are more alike than they are different. Like women everywhere, Jewish and Arab women care deeply for their children, put up with anger and abuse from their husbands, and try to negotiate a path between societal expectations and personal convictions. Virtually all of them yearn to live in peace, to raise their families without fear, and to enjoy the small pleasures of life without anxiety for the future. These are their stories, and they impart a measure of humanity to the occupation, the Separation Wall, and living with the fear of suicide bombings that is difficult to glean from nightly news reports. Most important, these remarkable women are succeeding in changing from within the way in which their own societies think about themselves.

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Women and War in the Middle East: Transnational Perspectives

  • Title: Women and War in the Middle East: Transnational Perspectives
  • Author(s) / Editor(s): Nadje Sadig Al-Ali (Editor), Nicola Pratt (Editor)
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Year: 2009
  • ISBN-10: 1848131852
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848131859
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 294
  • Size / Format: 1,8 mb / pdf
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Description: “Women and War in the Middle East” provides a critical examination of the relationship between gender and transnationalism in the context of war, peace-building and post-conflict reconstruction in the Middle East. Critically examining the ways in which the actions of various local and transnational groups – including women’s movements, diaspora communities, national governments, non-governmental actors and multilateral bodies – interact to both intentionally and inadvertantly shape the experiences of women in conflict situations, and determine the possibilities for women’s participation in peace-building and (post)-conflict reconstruction, as well as the longer-term prospects for peace and security. The volume pays particular attention to the ways in which gender roles, relations and identities are constructed, negotiated and employed within transnational social and political fields in the conflict and post-conflict situations, and their particular consequences for women. Contributions focus on the two countries with the longest experiences of war and conflict in the Middle East, and which have been subject to the most prominent international interventions of recent years – that is, Iraq and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Issues addressed by contributors include the impact of gender mainstreaming measures by international agencies and NGOs upon the ability of women to participate in peace-building and post-conflict resolution; the consequences for gender relations and identities of the US-led invasion and occupation of Iraq; and, how transnational feminist movements can most effectively support peace building and women’s rights in the region. Based entirely on original empirical research, “Women and War in the Middle East” brings together some of the foremost scholars in the areas of feminist international relations, feminist international political economy, anthropology, sociology, history and Middle East studies.

Militant Women of a Fragile Nation

  • Title: Militant Women of a Fragile Nation
  • Author(s) / Editor(s): Malek Abisaab (Author)
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Year: 2009
  • ISBN-10: 0815632126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815632122
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 335
  • Size / Format: 2,8 mb / pdf
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Description: In Militant Women of a Fragile Nation, Malek Abisaab takes a gendered approach to labor conflicts, anticolonial struggles, and citizenship in modern Lebanon. The author traces the conditions and experiences of women workers at the French Tobacco Monopoly. Challenging the prevailing assumptions about culturally inscribed roles for Middle Eastern women, the book highlights traditions of public activism and militancy among rural women that are in turn adapted to the spaces of the factory. Women employed distinct strategies involving kinship, sectarian, gender, and class ties to enhance their work conditions and social benefits. Drawing on extensive ethnographic data, the author convincingly argues that the condition of women can only be explained by exploring the shifting relationship between culture, societal arrangements, and economic settings. Abisaab’s richly detailed work illuminates the impact of class and gender in the transformation of modern Lebanon.

Gender Equality and Women’s Rights In Palestinian Territories

  • Title: Gender Equality and Women’s Rights In Palestinian Territories
  • Author(s) / Editor(s): Sophie RICHTER-DEVROE (Author)
  • Publisher: European Parliament
  • Year: 2011
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 22
  • Size / Format: 0,7 mb / pdf
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Description: This note gives an overview of women’s rights and gender equality in Palestine. It introduces the main actors, and then provides information on women’s status in the economic, educational, health, political, legal and cultural domain. It finds that, although advances have been made, women activists need to continue and be supported in their struggle against dual oppression from Israeli occupation and patriarchal control, if women’s rights and gender equality are to be secured in Palestine.