Resistance narratives: Palestinian women, Islam and insecurity

Holt, M.C. 2015. Resistance narratives: Palestinian women, Islam and insecurity. in: El-Affendi, A.A. (ed.) Genocidal Nightmares: Narratives of Insecurity and the Logic of Mass Atrocities New York and London Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 153-170

Chapter titleResistance narratives: Palestinian women, Islam and insecurity
AuthorsHolt, M.C.
EditorsEl-Affendi, A.A.
Abstract

In response to their traumatic experience of dispossession, stateless Palestinians adopted several modes of resistance. Their efforts have included tactics deemed illegitimate by outside observers, and many Palestinians themselves. The involvement of women in violence has also provoked unease. It seems to throw into question women’s traditional role. This chapter explores Palestinian women’s justifications for what some describe as ‘atrocities’. However, random acts of violence by Palestinians, aimed at ending the Israeli occupation, can also be seen, in the context of this book as expressions of deep insecurity. Far from espousing a ‘moral’ cause, the use of indiscriminate violence suggests the disintegration of Palestinian claims to justice; this is further reinforced by the involvement of women as defenders and perpetrators of terror as a weapon of resistance.

KeywordsPalestinian women, resistance, narratives, Islam
Book titleGenocidal Nightmares: Narratives of Insecurity and the Logic of Mass Atrocities
Page range153-170
Year2015
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
FileResistance narratives.pdf
Publication dates
Published15 Jan 2015
Place of publicationNew York and London
ISBN9781628920710
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.5040/9781501302169.ch-009

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