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Arab Women and Feminist Movements in Israel are Between the Hammer of Society and the Anvil of Law

Feminist Research

Tajread Keadan

5 (2021)



Arab , Discrimination , Palestinian , Rights , Women

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The aim of this research is to reveal the status and image of Arab women and feminist movement in Israel, as it discusses the reality of citizens of Israel and the extent to which they have access to and enjoy their civil, economic, social and political rights. On the one hand, it also analyses women’s rights from the perspective of a society governed by customs and traditions. This is represented by the authority of the male over the female, because the Arab society is a biased society between males and females to some extent, and on the other hand it demonstrates a comparative view with the international law, agreements and treaties that provided for ensuring the protection of women’s rights.

Through this study, the researcher believes that Arab women bear the burdens of submitting themselves to nationalism and the Arab minority on the one hand and the burdens of racial discrimination against Arabs in general and against women in particular. In addition, the local authority responsible for Arab regions and cities bears part of the violations of women’s rights in employment that affect their role in the labor market. This is because it does not carry out its responsibility towards the Arab minority as required, and specifically with regard to securing suitable job opportunities for women, securing public transportation, and suitable places for women with children.

The suffering of the Palestinian Arab woman due to the nature of the society in which she lives, as Arab societies often adhere to their customs, traditions, and social and cultural heritage and legacies.

Arab women suffer within Palestinian society from the complex of patriarchal authority and male-dominating tendency.

Arab women bear the burdens of dependency and belonging to Arab nationalism.

The burdens of racial discrimination against women in particular, which affects their enjoyment of their fundamental, basic, political, social and economic rights guaranteed to them.

The local authorities in Arab villages and cities bear part of the responsibility in regard with violations to women’s rights to work.

The participation in political parties and labor market is still low compared to other countries.


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