ABSTRACT

This chapter examines the power of civil society and young leaders’ engagement in non-violent resistance despite social conservatism, and the iron fists of foreign occupation and political division in the Palestinian Occupied Territories (OPT). Palestinian civil society has already lived through various cycles of struggle, violence, and resistance owing to the shifting political landscapes since the occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in 1967. This chapter also examines the role played by civil society organizations (CSOs), and in particular, young people including women’s organizations, as part of the change process.