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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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Relief Versus Repatriation

Relief Versus Repatriation

(p.99) 4 Relief Versus Repatriation
Quakers in the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict

Nancy Gallagher

American University in Cairo Press

In early February 1949, volunteers began expressing their concern that their work in Gaza was alleviating the misery of the refugees but was not addressing the question of where and how the refugees would live after the end of August. The volunteers had been so preoccupied with the mechanics of the relief project that they had not considered thoroughly what part they might want or be asked to play in any plan of repatriation or resettlement. Most Palestinians who worked with the AFSC seemed unaware of its sense of mission, but valued it for other reasons. Haidar Abdel Shafi believed that the Quakers' main contribution was the establishment of the school system. A few Palestinians who worked with the AFSC felt that the volunteers were humanitarians who were interested in helping the refugees. They felt that the refugee tragedy was too big for the Quakers to solve.

Keywords:   Haidar Abdel Shafi, volunteers, Gaza, AFSC, Quaker contribution

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