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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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The Palestinian Moment of Liberation

The Palestinian Moment of Liberation

(p.120) 6 The Palestinian Moment of Liberation
Decolonizing Palestine

Somdeep Sen

Cornell University Press

This chapter discusses the Palestinian moment of liberation. It recognizes that Hamas presents an extreme case because Palestinian postcoloniality has, to an extent, been concretized by way of the establishment of the Palestinian Authority and its accompanying institutions under the Oslo Accords. Nonetheless, the case of Hamas shows that liberation is not entirely contingent on the singular moment when the colonizer withdraws from the lands of the colonized. Instead, the colonial subject begins the process of conjuring up a liberated peoplehood while still in a colonial condition. Thus, in the case of Palestine, this means that Gaza is not just a story of siege, war, and the challenges Hamas faces while maintaining its dual role or its growing authoritarianism. If one considers the long moment of liberation to have begun already, one also notices that a Gaza Strip under the canopy of a single Palestinian leadership becomes, albeit minimally, reminiscent of the eventual liberated State of Palestine as a single territorial unit, inhabited by the Palestinian people and ruled by a Palestinian government.

Keywords:   Palestinian liberation, Hamas, Palestinian postcoloniality, Palestinian Authority, liberated peoplehood, Gaza Strip, State of Palestine, Palestinian leadership, Palestinian people, Palestinian government

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