The democratic election of Hamas as the governing power of Gaza in spring 2006 has ushered in a new era of the Israel-Palestinian conflict. This watershed event and its larger historical and sociopolitical context indicate that national resistance to the Israeli occupation grounded in Islamic discourse will remain a dominant cultural narrative and political rallying point for many Palestinians. For unfamiliar Western observers, trying to make sense of this development is puzzling at best.
Hughes, Michael, "The Evolution of Islamism in the Palestinian Territories: Historical and Ethnographic Analysis" (2010). 2010 AHS Capstone Projects. 24.