Women’s voices, roles, and contributions are the most misunderstood issues in the analysis of war zones and conflict areas. This paper brings the feminist lens into the analysis of Israeli policies in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. It examines the effect and legacy of policies inflicted by the doctrines of “no safe haven” and of “security reasoning” in relation to women, explores the way it shapes women’s interactions with their family members, and discusses the ways in which continued and unpredictable political oppression creates an art of resistance with therapeutic qualities. By using a collection of narratives, personal witnessing, and analyses of studies gathered since the onset of the second Intifada, the researcher reveals how women have managed to develop women-oriented strategies that protected the domestic space and produced innovative transcripts that created counter-spaces of safety to rebuild (actually or metaphorically) the family home. The paper concludes by showing how the processes of displacement and the attacks on the domestic sphere, nevertheless, engender agency and creative resistance and calls for front-line feminist activism.
|Original language||American English|
|Title of host publication||The Politics of the Personal in Feminist Family Therapy|
|Subtitle of host publication||International Examinations of Family Policy|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis|
|Number of pages||33|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 2014|
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- Arab family
- Palestinian women
- conflict zones
- family policy
- house demolitions
- security reasoning
- social policy