Israeli and Palestinian Diasporas in the Netherlands: Their Political Involvement in the Current Israeli-Palestinian Conflict


  • Aileen van Leeuwen Utrecht University


This explorative research investigated the political involvement of Israeli and Palestinian diasporas in the Netherlands. Furthermore, it was researched whether the Israelis and Palestinians in the Netherlands feel that their collective identity and intergroup contact have an impact on their political involvement. The interviews conducted among eight Israelis and seven Palestinians demonstrated that they were politically involved in mostly informal, but also formal, ways. The collective identity was a motivator for the participants to become politically involved. Additionally, intergroup contact resulted in an improved understanding of the outgroup and, accordingly, a different fulfillment of their political involvement.

Author Biography

Aileen van Leeuwen, Utrecht University

Faculty of Social Sciences


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How to Cite

van Leeuwen, A. (2015). Israeli and Palestinian Diasporas in the Netherlands: Their Political Involvement in the Current Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Student Undergraduate Research E-Journal!, 1. Retrieved from



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