Religion, Politics, and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief

Authors: Romirowsky, A., Joffe, A.

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This book examines the leading role of the Quaker American Friends Service Committee in the United Nations relief program for Palestine Arab refugees in 1948-1950 in the Gaza Strip. Using archival data, oral histories, and biographical accounts, it provides a detailed look at internal decision-making in an early non-governmental organization.

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Author Asaf Romirowsky: Asaf Romirowsky is a Middle East historian. Author Alexander H. Joffe: Alexander H. Joffe is an archaeologist and historian.

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'Romirowsky and Joffe trace the involvement of the American Friends Service

Committee (AFSC) a Quaker organization founded long before 1948 to assist civilians caught up in the maelstrom of war in its pivotal role as relief provider to Arab refugees in Gaza under the auspices of the United Nations Relief for Palestine Refugees (UNRPR). Painstakingly combing through personal memoirs, cables, and diplomatic communiqués, the authors construct a rich history of the immediate post-1948 period. [ ] As the authors illustrate, both field personnel and those at the policy-making level within [the] AFSC understood that the refugees were being used as pawns by the Arab governments in their propaganda war against Israel. [ ]This ill-conceived approach continues to this day, sustaining the most powerful weapon in the Arab arsenal against the legitimacy of the Jewish state.' -Susan M. Jellissen, Belmont University, USA, Middle East Quarterly

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Palestine Arab Problem and the International Community

    Romirowsky, Asaf (et al.)

    Pages 1-6

  • Studying the Palestine Arab Refugee Problem

    Romirowsky, Asaf (et al.)

    Pages 7-18

  • The Quakers and the American Friends Service Committee: Origins of the Quakers and Quaker Ideology

    Romirowsky, Asaf (et al.)

    Pages 19-33

  • The AFSC in the Middle East: The Official Origins of AFSC Involvement in the Middle East

    Romirowsky, Asaf (et al.)

    Pages 35-61

  • AFSC in the Field: December 1948–December 1949

    Romirowsky, Asaf (et al.)

    Pages 63-80

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Religion, Politics, and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-37817-0
DOI
10.1057/9781137378170
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-37816-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-47820-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 254
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