Feminist Except for Palestine: Where Are Feminist Social Workers on Palestine?

Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, Stéphanie Wahab*, Ferdoos Abed Rabo Al-Issa

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Despite international social work commitments to social justice, human dignity, and individual worth, feminist social work remains silent on Palestine. Israeli settler colonial violence pushes us to revisit our responsibilities to stand against colonized militarism. We insist that collective liberation is a feminist ethical constant, a political bosom for decolonization, a compass for critical feminist social work. In this article, we extend previously made claims that Palestine is a feminist issue by highlighting four moral imperatives: 1) persistent sumud, (2) gendered impacts of Zionism's settler colonial violence, 3) commitments to justice and liberation, and 4) feminist praxis of narrating violence.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)204-214
Number of pages11
JournalAffilia - Feminist Inquiry in Social Work
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2022

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  • Palestine
  • Settler colonial violence
  • Zionism
  • feminist
  • refusal


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