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Quakers in the Israeli–Palestinian
ConflictThe Dilemmas of NGO Humanitarian Activism$
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Nancy Gallagher

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9789774161056

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774161056.001.0001

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Catastrophe in Gaza

Catastrophe in Gaza

(p.61) 3 Catastrophe in Gaza
Quakers in the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict

Nancy Gallagher

American University in Cairo Press

During the Second World War, the British military had vast army bases stationed in Gaza but they abandoned them in 1948. When Zionist forces attacked towns and villages throughout southern Palestine, tens of thousands of Palestinians fled or were expelled from their homes. Many sought safety in a part of Gaza that was still held by the Egyptian army. Palestinian Arabs were being made to pay for the mistakes and bad politics of Europe. They had nowhere to go and no work to do. People needed food, clothing, bedding, tents, medicines, and medical care. The Egyptians had performed great deeds for relief, but could not do everything alone. Refugee relief was not the goal of the AFSC unit in Gaza. The AFSC had accepted the invitation to participate in the Gaza relief effort with the expectation of assisting in the repatriation and reconciliation process.

Keywords:   Second World War, AFSC, British military, Gaza, Egyptian army, Palestinian Arabs

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