Gaza on Their Minds: The Effect of “Operation Cast Lead” in Mobilizing Palestinian Action – By Julia Fitzpatrick

This paper seeks to address the following questions: to what extent does the political, economic and social isolation of the Gaza Strip affect its place in a larger Palestinian national consciousness, especially among Palestinians in Israel and the West Bank who are the physically closest Palestinians to their Gazan kin? Do Palestinians in Israel and in the West Bank continue to identify with those Palestinians living in Gaza as part of their own people,and, particularly for West Bankers, as part of the national project of a future Palestinian state?

Julia Fitzpatrick, MALD 2012, is a first year student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Before coming to Fletcher, Julia worked for several years in international development and humanitarian relief in the Palestinian Territories.

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