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Transformed LandscapesEssays on Palestine and the Middle East in Honor of Walid Khalidi$
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Camille Mansour and Leila Fawaz

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789774162473

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774162473.001.0001

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Abd Al-nasser and the Palestinian National Movement

Abd Al-nasser and the Palestinian National Movement

Chronicle of a Stormy Affair

(p.175) 9 Abd Al-nasser and the Palestinian National Movement
Transformed Landscapes

Camille Mansour

Leila Fawaz

American University in Cairo Press

Nasser's Egypt and Arafat's Palestinian national's history movement bears a certain resemblance to a stormy love affair—a mixture of attraction and aversion, respect and suspicion, quarrels and reconciliations. Palestinian distrust of the Arab regimes, and the conviction that they had consistently “betrayed” the Palestinians, predated the 1948 war. They also blamed the Arab states for failing to give adequate support to the 1936–39 popular revolt in Palestine, which Britain brutally suppressed, exiling the Palestinian leadership and completely disarming the population at a time when the Haganah, the Zionist military organization, was arming itself and building up its offensive capability. Without doubt, a good dose of optimism was needed to embark upon the daring venture agreed to at the meetings in Kuwait. Fatah set patiently to work, little by little creating secret cells in various parts of the Arab world.

Keywords:   Nasser, Egypt, Palestinian National Movement, Haganah, offensive capability

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