On January 10, 2016, I conducted a lively one-hour group interview in a bookshop and café in Jerusalem with five Palestinian women activists in Lajnat al-Shabat, or the Young Women’s Committee of the Jerusalem District, which is affiliated with the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees and is widely known for its energy and creative activities in Jerusalem despite its recent establishment. The women ranged from twenty-four to twenty-seven years of age, and all but one were single. Four of the five women worked in day jobs not connected to their activism, and one was unemployed. The core group comprises eight women and thirty to thirty-five “regulars” attend events and trainings.

I had met most of the women on January 7 at an evening sit-in held in a tent outside the East Jerusalem office of the Red Cross. Earlier...

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