Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-5-2010

Abstract

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.

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