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The Road to Martyrs' SquareA Journey into the World of the Suicide Bomber$
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Anne Marie Oliver and Paul F. Steinberg

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195305593

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305593.001.0001

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. The Gharqad Tree

. The Gharqad Tree

Chapter:
7. The Gharqad Tree
Source:
The Road to Martyrs' Square
Author(s):

Anne Marie Oliver

Paul F. Steinberg

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305593.003.0007

This chapter documents the authors' quest to find the meaning of the Gharqad Tree based on their conversations with the different sheikhs of Hamas. As “the Hour approaches”, according to Hamas, the Forces of Light would finally prevail, and all of creation would turn against the Jews, even the land itself. Their only ally would be the Gharqad Tree. Some said the Israelis planted the tree around their settlements in the West Bank and Gaza, thereby creating magic mandalas protecting them from attack. The Gharqad Tree has become such a powerful trope in the Muslim–Jewish and Palestinian–Israeli struggle over Jerusalem and “the Holy Land” that Islamists around the globe now commonly refer to the tree exclusively in terms of the Jews of Jerusalem and Palestine.

Keywords:   Gharqad Tree, Jerusalem, Jews, Muslims, Hamas, Hamas sheikhs

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