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Decolonizing PalestineHamas between the Anticolonial and the Postcolonial$
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Somdeep Sen

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501752735

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501752735.001.0001

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Decolonizing Palestine

Decolonizing Palestine

An Introduction

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Decolonizing Palestine

Somdeep Sen

Cornell University Press

This chapter provides an overview of the Palestinian struggle for liberation and describes the author's fieldwork in the Gaza Strip, Israel, and Egypt, conducted between 2013 and 2016. The Gaza Strip as a whole became a place of contradictions when Hamas adopted a dual mode of existence following its historic victory in the 2006 Palestinian Legislative Council elections. After the unequivocal triumph of the Islamist faction, Fatah refused to be part of the Hamas government. Over the course of the 2007 Battle of Gaza, Hamas then consolidated its rule over the Gaza Strip while maintaining its commitment to the armed resistance. In doing so, Hamas oscillated between the images of the postcolonial state and an anticolonial movement. As the government in the Gaza Strip, it represented a civilian authority posturing like the future Palestinian state. However, by remaining committed to the armed struggle, Hamas also recognized the fact that Palestine is far from being liberated.

Keywords:   Palestine, liberation, Gaza Strip, Hamas, Fatah, Hamas government, postcolonial state, anticolonial movement, armed resistance, Israel

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