Degree Year

2010

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Politics

Advisor(s)

Stephen Crowley

Committee Member(s)

Benjamin Schiff

Keywords

Palestine, Solidarity, US Foreign Policy, East Timor, Central America, Social movements, Transnational social movements, Social movement theory, Political opportunity framework, Israel, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Palestine-Israel Conflict

Abstract

The arguments presented in this paper attempt to fill particular gaps in the scholarly knowledge of the transnational solidarity movement for Palestine. Chapter One is a descriptive history of transnational solidarity for the Palestinians since the beginning of the second intifada (fall 2000). The next chapter puts the US based component of the Palestine solidarity movement in a comparison with recent US solidarity movements for East Timor and Central America. Chapter Three connects the subjective transnational framing tactics of the movement to the objective, structural conditions of the international system. Chapter Four extends the analysis in Chapter Three by examining the role of new media such as viral videos and low-budget documentaries in the construction of the solidarity movement.

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