Third World Alliances: Arab American Activists at American Universities, 1967-1973

  • Pamela Pennock Associate Professor of History Department of Social Sciences University of Michigan-Dearborn
Keywords Arab American activists, Arab Student Association, American universities, Arab American activism, Organization of Arab Students, Arab American students, pro-Palestinian activism, Arab-Israeli War, transnationalist, activism, American civil rights, anti-imperialist, 1960s, 1970s
Keywords Arab American activists, Arab Student Association, American universities, Arab American activism, Organization of Arab Students, Arab American students, pro-Palestinian activism, Arab-Israeli War, transnationalist, activism, American civil rights, anti-imperialist, 1960s, 1970s

Abstract

This article examines the Organization of Arab Students’ pro-Palestinian activism on American university campuses in the five years after the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. It explores how Arab and Arab American students translated Arab transnationalist politics into the American protest arena and argues that the Organization of Arab Students consciously designed strategies to gain visibility, legitimacy, and support among anti-imperialist, anti-racist Americans whom they imagined as natural allies. The article seeks to weave the story of Arab American activism into the broader narrative about American civil rights and anti-imperialist activism in the 1960s and 1970s.
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