Within the larger Arab-Israeli conflicts, numerous states within the Arab world have become involved to varying degrees. Despite overwhelming vocal support for the Palestinian cause, the conflict has persisted with many of its varying aspects becoming amplified, as opposed to approaching resolution. Through the context of contemporary normalisation, this analysis investigates the role of these Arab states historically in perpetuating this state of conflict. Utilising a perspective of historical political economy, the investigation draws on two case studies that illuminate this thesis. The first case study is that of the division and occupation of Palestine following the collapse of the British mandate, while the second case is the exploitation of Palestinian labour in the Gulf. Both case studies are then placed in a larger historical context that has been gradually converging towards a state of overt normalisation in the place of covert perpetuation.


School of Humanities and Social Sciences


Political Science Department

Degree Name

MA in Political Science

Graduation Date

Winter 2-5-2022

Submission Date


First Advisor

Marco Pinfari

Committee Member 1

Andrew Delatolla

Committee Member 2

Nesrine Badawi


104 leaves

Document Type

Master's Thesis

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