. Children, but They Are Men and Heroes
This chapter describes a collection of posters of Palestinian children, bought in a shop in the Old City, that exhibit what can be called bathos. “Children of the stones” was no mere figure of speech. The age of many of the boys, less often girls, fighting in the streets of the intifada was astonishingly young, as was the age of those who became casualties. The image of the child warrior was fostered by an intense campaign on the part of all the major factions participating in the uprising. Even young children joined factions, participated in demonstrations, threw stones at soldiers, and even issued warnings, as in the case of “Fatah Cubs”, a group composed of boys aged nine to twelve.
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