New Article: Zelkovitz, The Rise and Fall of the Palestinian Community in Kuwait

Ido Zelkovitz, “A Paradise Lost? The Rise and Fall of the Palestinian Community in Kuwait.” Middle Eastern Studies 50.1 (2014): 86-99.

 

URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/00263206.2013.849695

 

Abstract

The article discusses the evolution of the Palestinian community in Kuwait in the wake of the 1948 War. The demand for skilled labour facilitated the gradual integration of the Palestinians into Kuwaiti society, especially in the education system and state institutions. In this regard the article examines the role of education and students in creating personal and political socio-economic networks. The relatively liberal political atmosphere in Kuwait during its years of development transformed it into a hotbed for Palestinian political activism. This trend continued up to the 1991 Gulf War, when Yasir Arafat’s support of Saddam Husayn in that wa, caused the fall from grace of the Palestinians in Kuwait. This ended the central role that the Palestinians played in the historical process of Kuwait state building. Following the death of Arafat the PLO began to seek reconciliation with Kuwait. At this timely moment in the history of relations between these two communities, the article sheds light on these efforts.

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