By Nahla Abdo
Women through the global have continuously performed their half in struggles opposed to colonialism, imperialism and different kinds of oppression. in spite of the fact that, there are few books on Arab political prisoners, fewer nonetheless at the Palestinians who've been detained of their millions for his or her political activism and resistance.
Nahla Abdo's Captive Revolution seeks to damage the silence on Palestinian ladies political detainees, offering an essential contribution to analyze on ladies, revolutions, nationwide liberation and anti-colonial resistance. in response to tales of the ladies themselves, in addition to her personal reports as a former political prisoner, Abdo attracts on a wealth of oral background and first study in an effort to examine their anti-colonial fight, their corporation and their appalling therapy as political detainees.
Making the most important comparisons with the reviews of girl political detainees in different conflicts, and emphasising the very important position Palestinian political tradition and memorialisation of the 'Nakba' have had on their resilience and resistance, Captive Revolution is a wealthy and revealing addition to our wisdom of this little-studied phenomenon.
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In her ‘History is a Weapon: Political Prisoners, Prisons, and Black Liberation’, Angela Davis (1972) explained her reluctance to tell her story of political detention, considering it an indulgence compared to the many Black men and women who spent many years in detention with no due legal recourse or public attention; this is a rationale shared by various other women, including Palestinians. The Algerian freedom fighter Jamila Bouhaired, until this day, has not told or published her experiences.
Existing feminist analysis of Arab societies might provide elaborate accounts of issues of gender and even class, but issues of race and racism are hard to find; missing the force of racism or racialization in such analyses – particularly when dealing with states or societies such as Sudan (North and South), Egypt (especially its treatment of the Copts) and North Africa (particularly in relation to the Berber), and Israel (its treatment of Palestinians) – renders feminist analyses weak and rather untenable.
A rupture in the lives of released political detainees was evident in both categories: those exiled as well as the others who were allowed to return to their homes in the Israeli occupied territories. Thus, whereas the exiled lived away from their natural environment, from their families and community, those who returned home after a decade or more of detention Abdo T02851 01 text 25 03/07/2014 08:26 26 Captive Revolution went back to occupation and colonialism, and not unlike the exiled, most of them found that their family homes had been demolished as a collective punishment measure.