Again - even for Arabs in their own country, once education and middle class values take hold (say in large city like Cairo), the grip of the extended family loosens, the number of children decreases, and the "clan" becomes nothing more than a bunch of relatives, some liked more than others. Probably not much different than say, your family. gaza is an unatural situation. Who can provide protection there if not the clan? the alternative are the militant groups (the ones I consider similar to prison gangs). I maintain that with openess and mobility, things will change quite rapidly even there. Tosefta made the interesting comment that since refugee families in say, the WB were dispersed, once the conflict dies down, the palestinians may become emancipated quicker than other arabs. Now all this is conjecture, of course. I eagerly await the day when we can find out whether this was close to the truth.
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