Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: April 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963879 | Print ISBN: 9781412926942 | Online ISBN: 9781412963879| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Palestinian Americans, a division of Arab Americans who themselves or whose families originate from historic Palestine, constitute the largest Palestinian community outside the Arab world. While sharing many characteristics with other minority and immigrant groups as well as with other Arab communities in the United States, the Palestinian American experience remains unique owing to political, historical, cultural, and social reasons. It is distinct in terms of the causes, dates, places, and conditions of Palestinians' immigration to the United States. Although (as with other immigrants) both push and pull factors have affected Palestinian immigration, the political conditions in Palestine and the subsequent wars in the Middle East region since World War I have played a significant role. Thus, experts tend to divide Palestinian immigration to the United States into three waves, usually discerned as a matter of socioeconomic status of the immigrants and place of immigration but separated mainly by the ...