Another Nakba: Weapons Availability and the Transformation of the Palestinian National Struggle, 1987-2007
Title: Another Nakba: Weapons Availability and the Transformation of the Palestinian National Struggle, 1987-2007
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Citation: International Studies Perspectives, 2010, 11, 2, 112-130
Violent clashes of June 2007 saw Hamas ousting Fatah from the Gaza Strip, thereby making patent the existence of a deep politico-military split within the Palestinian national movement. This article sheds light on the present face of the conflict in the Palestinian territories by adopting a historical-analytical perspective that emphasizes the role played by the availability of small arms and light weapons, as one of the many structural factors that underlie the transformation of the Palestinian struggle. Aware of the essentially contestable and reductionist nature of this endeavor, the authors examine the way in which the weapons acquisition process has changed in the time period from the beginning of the first Intifada in 1987 to the Gaza take-over by Hamas, 20 years later. In doing this, they extend the applicability of existing theories about the correspondence between access to weapons and the changing nature of insurgency, so to better understand a complex case where a national struggle has been spiralling into internecine violence and splintering, in what we may call another Palestinian Nakba.
Subject: small arms; armed groups; Palestinian/Israeli conflict
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