The Palestinian national movement: politics of contention, 1967-2005

Amal Jamal*

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“A comprehensive, up-to-date account of the dynamics in the Palestinian political arena.” —Ann M. Lesch, Villanova University. This innovative study examines the internal dynamics of the Palestinian political elite and their impact on the struggle to establish a Palestinian state. The PLO leadership has sought to prevent the rise of any alternative in the West Bank and Gaza Strip that can challenge its authority to represent Palestinian aspirations for self-determination. Drawing on Palestinian sources and interviews with Palestinian political leaders, Jamal argues that the Fatah leadership has attempted to mobilize new social forces—local secular-nationalist and Islamist movements—while undermining their ability to develop independent power structures. This policy has served to radicalize the younger local elites, contributing to the tensions that precipitated the first and second intifadas. Israel’s policies have undermined the legitimacy of the national elite, while enhancing the Islamist opposition’s ideological legitimacy. In this way, internal elite disunity and growing political differentiation have worked against development of a common Palestinian strategy of state-building.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBloomington
PublisherIndiana University Press
Number of pages229
ISBN (Electronic)9780253028389
ISBN (Print)0253345901, 9780253345905
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2005

Publication series

NameIndiana series in Middle East studies
PublisherIndiana University Press

ULI Keywords

  • uli
  • Munaẓẓamat al-Taḥrīr al-Filasṭīnīyah
  • Palestinian Arabs -- Politics and government -- 20th century
  • منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية
  • ערבים פלשתינאים -- פוליטיקה וממשל -- המאה ה-20
  • العرب الفلسطينيّون -- السياسة والحكم -- القرن ٢٠
  • Owp
  • Palestinian National Movement
  • Organizacja Wyzwolenia Palestyny
  • Organisation de liberation palestinienne
  • Organizacion Palestina de Liberacion
  • Organizacao de Libertacao da Palestina
  • Organizzazione per la liberazione della Palestina
  • Ashaf
  • Munazzamat al-Tahrir al-Filastiniya
  • Organisation de liberation de la Palestine
  • Palaestinensische Befreiungsorganisation
  • Organisation Liberation palestinienne
  • OPL (Munazzamat al-Tahrir al-Filastiniyyah)
  • PLO (Munazzamat al-Tahrir al-Filastiniyyah)
  • O.W.P. (Munazzamat al-Tahrir al-Filastiniyyah)
  • OLP (Munazzamat al-Tahrir al-Filastiniyyah)
  • O.L.P. (Munazzamat al-Tahrir al-Filastiniyyah)
  • O.P.L. (Munazzamat al-Tahrir al-Filastiniyyah)
  • P.L.O. (Munazzamat al-Tahrir al-Filastiniyyah)
  • Munazzamat al-Tahrir al-Filastiniyyah
  • Palestine Liberation Organization
  • جمعية تحرير فلسطين


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