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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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Nasser, Ben Gurion, and the Quakers

Nasser, Ben Gurion, and the Quakers

(p.145) 6 Nasser, Ben Gurion, and the Quakers
Quakers in the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict

Nancy Gallagher

American University in Cairo Press

The Quakers had hoped that their grassroots efforts might result in unofficial diplomatic contacts. The Israeli delegation to the UN wrote a note of appreciation to the Quakers for their intervention on Israel's behalf. The Quakers discovered that they had been deceived, and that the Egyptian Jews were Israeli agents who were to bomb American and British facilities in Egypt to discredit the Nasser regime. Ben Gurion was hoping to capture Gaza, while Sharett was hoping for a security pact with the United States and peace negotiations with the Arab states. The AFSC had long appreciated the importance of publicizing their work and views. The Gaza volunteers published newspaper editorials and prepared brochures to explain their work and, of course, to facilitate fundraising efforts. Quaker interest in the Holy Land began with education.

Keywords:   Quaker, Nasser regime, Ben Gurion, AFSC, Sharett, Holy Land, Egyptian Jews

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