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Palestinian Women and Politics in Israel$

Suheir Abu Oksa Daoud

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813033624

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813033624.001.0001

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(p.213) Appendix A Interview Schedule with Palestinian Women Politicians

(p.213) Appendix A Interview Schedule with Palestinian Women Politicians

Palestinian Women and Politics in Israel
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Section A—Background

  1. A1. General information: your education, age, marital status, location, work place, party affiliation, religion, publications, and any other activities or organizations with which you are affiliated

Section B—Childhood

  1. B1. Did you come from a political household? How would you describe the atmosphere at home? Describe your relationships with your parents and other family members.

  2. B2. What was the main source of your political knowledge and awareness?

  3. B3. How would you describe yourself as a child?

Section C—School

  1. C1. What were the main incidents during your time at school that affected your political involvement?

  2. C2. How did your family react to your early involvement in politics?

  3. C3. What was the reaction in your home to women’s education and to your intention to attend a university?

  4. C4. How would you describe yourself as an adult?

Section D—University

  1. D1. What was your major? Why did you choose it? What university or college did you attend and why?

  2. (p.214) D2. How did your political involvement in your university start?

  3. D3. How would you describe the atmosphere in your university regarding:

    1. 1. Your relationships with male colleagues?

    2. 2. Jewish students?

    3. 3. The university administration?

    4. 4. The party you were affiliated with?

  4. D4. What was your main area of concern while you were attending the university?

Section E—Relationships with Your Husband and Family

  1. E1. When did you get married, and how did your husband react to your political involvement?

  2. E2. Was your husband politically active? How did he react to your decision to compete for a position in the local council or the Knesset? How did he react to your success?

  3. E3. How did you balance, if you did, your home responsibilities and your political ambitions?

  4. E4. How has your marital status affected your political career?

Section F—National and Feminist Awareness

  1. F1. What did you do after graduation?

  2. F2. How did your feminist awareness develop?

  3. F3. What in your early career pushed you to either pursue your political aspirations or abandon them?

  4. F4. Do you see yourself as a feminist? What does that mean to you?

  5. F5. How did your work with feminist groups, social movements, or other informal activities affect your political career? Can this time of work be as effective as formal politics?

  6. F6. How do you think feminism and nationalism are related to your identity and your political career?

(p.215) Section G—Inside the Party

  1. G1. How and when did you decide to join a political party? What were the reasons for your decision?

  2. G2. How were you treated by other party members?

  3. G3. What were your goals in choosing to affiliate yourself with this party?

  4. G4. When did you decide to compete for your political position? Describe your experience. Did you have to try repeatedly for the job?

  5. G5. What is your main area of concern within your party?

  6. G6. Describe your relationships with Palestinian and Jewish women affiliated with other parties.

  7. G7. What do you think about the fact that only Zionist parties have promoted the participation of Palestinian women in the Knesset?

  8. G8. Do you support the quota system?

Section H—Obstacles and Challenges

  1. H1. What were the main obstacles you faced during your political career?

  2. H2. What are the main challenges and obstacles facing Palestinian women running for elected political positions in Israel?


  1. I1. How have you been portrayed in both the Arabic and Hebrew media?

  2. I2. What aspects of the media have you found supportive? What about the media has been particularly harmful or negative for you?

K—General Comments

  1. K1. How do you see yourself a few years from now?

  2. K2. Are you satisfied with what you have achieved?

  3. K3. What, in your opinion, should be done to increase the involvement of Palestinian women in politics?

  4. (p.216) K4. What influence have political parties, the Israeli state, and Arab society had on the political advancement of Palestinian women?

  5. K5. Is there anything you want to add?

Please remember that, when transcribing the interview, I might need to contact you for further information or clarifications. Thank you.


Unless otherwise indicated, all data and quotes in this book come from interviews I held with the women activists between 1999 and 2006. Following are the women’s names and political affiliations:

Women in the local councils

Interviews with Lulu Masalha, Mariam ‘Awwad, Rabab Abu Lashin, and Mona Abu Roken were conducted on October 19–20, 2003, during the 2003 local elections, and in November 2003, after the elections.

Interviews with women in political parties

DFPE: Kholoud Badawi, Taghreed Shbita, Nabila Espanioly, ‘Aida Tuma,

Samira Khoury, Fathiyyeh Al-Sagheer.

NDA: Afnan Ighbariyya, ‘Areen Hawwari.

Islamic Movement: Seham Fahoum.

Meretz: Husniyya Jabara, Kiffah Massarweh and Su‘ad Shehadeh.

ADP: Su‘ad Hindawi.

Labor: Surayya Nujidat and Nadia Hilou.

Interviews with women in Women’s Groups

Kifah Daghash (Assiwar), Amal A-Sane‘ (Women of Lagiyya), Ashwaq Kayouf (Community Director in ‘Isifya–Daliat al-Carmel) and Taghreed Jahshan (Women for Political Prisoners). Zuhriyya Yonis (Na‘amat), Na‘ela ‘Awwad (WAV: Women Against Violence) and Nilly Karkabi (Na‘amat).

Telephone interviews with Na‘amat directors: Norihan Hadi, Nadia Hamdan, Rudaina Garaisi, Jorjet Jarous.

Follow-Up interviews were conducted, by telephone and e-mail, during June 27–July 6, 2006, and in October 9, 2006 with ‘Aida Tuma, Manal Shalabi, Zuhriyya ‘Azab, Samira Khoury, Rawia Shanti (Abna‘al-Balad), Taghreed Shbita, Husniyya Jabara, Nadia Hilou and Taghreed Jahshan.

(p.217) Further follow-up interviews during June 26–July 7, 2007, with Zuh-riyya ‘Azab, Malakeh Qara, and Taghreed Shbita.

Follow-up Interviews by telephone and e-mail, January 4–16, 2008, with Nabila Espanioly, Taghreed Shbita, Jihad Jabareen, Mariam ‘Awwad.