By Nahla Abdo
Women during the global have constantly performed their half in struggles opposed to colonialism, imperialism and other kinds of oppression. although, there are few books on Arab political prisoners, fewer nonetheless at the Palestinians who've been detained of their millions for his or her political activism and resistance.
Nahla Abdo's Captive Revolution seeks to wreck the silence on Palestinian girls political detainees, supplying an essential contribution to investigate on girls, revolutions, nationwide liberation and anti-colonial resistance. in response to tales of the ladies themselves, in addition to her personal stories as a former political prisoner, Abdo attracts on a wealth of oral background and first learn that allows you to examine their anti-colonial fight, their company and their appalling therapy as political detainees.
Making the most important comparisons with the reviews of lady political detainees in different conflicts, and emphasising the very important function Palestinian political tradition and memorialisation of the 'Nakba' have had on their resilience and resistance, Captive Revolution is a wealthy and revealing addition to our wisdom of this little-studied phenomenon.
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The influence of the Zionist lobby especially in the USA and the Zionist perpetual myth of Palestine as ‘a land without people for a people without land’ loomed high in the agendas of most official circles and media and among the public at large in the West. In his rather long documentary Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land, John Dworkin (2012) explores the public and popular perception of Israel and the Palestinians by the USA and explains the complicity of US journalists in carrying out Israel’s public relations.
Criminalization of political detainees is an a priori judgement – or rather punishment – levied on the activists even prior to any investigation. The designation of criminal status to political prisoners or political detainees does not intend to only denigrate and dehumanize them. Labelling political detainees as ‘criminals’ and ‘terrorists’ aims, first, at justifying the state’s as well as its agents’ rationale for imprisoning them. It also charts the way, the means and the methods used in torturing them and forcing them to submit or confess to their ‘criminal behaviour’.
Criminalizing political detainees, moreover, intends the transformation of these people into the other, inferior and less worthy of due process and legal procedures. The Othering of political detainees expresses a relationship of power that is class, gender and race informed. For example, sending the message Abdo T02851 01 text 29 03/07/2014 08:26 30 Captive Revolution that Irish women resisters and detainees are criminals and terrorists is a means for the British authorities to justify its colonial rule and policies over Northern Ireland.
Captive Revolution: Palestinian Women's Anti-Colonial Struggle within the Israeli Prison System by Nahla Abdo