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Document Type:Latin Dissertation
Language of Document:English
Record Number:54695
Doc. No:TL24649
Call number:‭3197542‬
Main Entry:Samia Sam Shoman
Title & Author:Towards a sovereign Palestinian state: A study of activism by Palestinian and Arab American organizations in the United StatesSamia Sam Shoman
College:University of San Francisco
Date:2005
Degree:Ed.D.
student score:2005
Page No:221
Abstract:The purpose of this study was to analyze the perceived role and effectiveness of three contemporary Palestinian- and Arab-American organizations that support the establishment of a Palestinian state from the perspective of the organization founders, leaders, and members. The study was also designed to identify the goals and strategies of these organizations in connection with the Palestinian cause. Given the dire state of Palestinian affairs today, there exists a strong desire among Palestinian nationals living in the United States to effect political change in favor of their cause. This was a qualitative research study which followed a multiple case-study design of three organizations, the Palestinian American Congress, Al-Awda (The Right of Return Coalition), and a third organization, referred to in this study as Atifa, which preferred to remain anonymous. Data for this study were collected through organizational documents, formal interviews, informal conversations, and observations of the organizations. The data suggested members of the three organizations perceived themselves as having a responsibility to support the Palestinian cause by informing the American public about the deleterious effects of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on the lives of Palestinians living inside and outside their homeland. By educating mainstream Americans about the plight of Palestinians, members of these organizations aim not only to raise public consciousness in the United States but also to make the United States government's Middle East policy more amenable to the Palestinian cause. The findings of the study revealed an understanding of the past successes and failures of Palestinian and Arab-American organizations in the United States which could yield lessons for more effective and successful political activism in the future.
Subject:Social sciences; Education; Activism; Arab-American; Palestinian; Sovereign state; Social studies education; Political science; Middle Eastern history; 0534:Social studies education; 0615:Political science; 0333:Middle Eastern history
Added Entry:P. Mitchell
Added Entry:University of San Francisco