Securitizing Charity: The case of Palestinian zakat committees

Beverley Milton-Edwards

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In this article the argument is offered that securitization of the Palestinian zakat committees became a weapon in the counter-terror arsenal of Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) as each sought to exert hegemony over what became framed as a ‘common enemy’. The article extends the debate as it relates to the increasingly hostile response by state actors and the international community to the work of non-and semi-governmental Muslim charitable actors evidenced by proscription regimes, financial investigation and prosecutions in this sector. Focussing on the example of Israel and the PA it is contended that the securitization of Palestinian zakat committees was part of a wider policy to inhibit Palestinian autonomy and portray Islamic faith agency as terroristic. Both Israel and the PA, as governing powers, have engaged in attempts to undermine Palestinian zakat committees and their contribution to welfare and humanitarian support in the complex and enduring environment of conflict.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-177
JournalGlobal Change, Peace and Security
Issue number2
Early online date20 Mar 2017
Publication statusEarly online date - 20 Mar 2017


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