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Armed Struggle and the Search for StateThe Palestinian National Movement, 1949-1993$
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Yezid Sayigh

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198296430

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198296430.001.0001

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Guerrilla War in Theory and Practice

Guerrilla War in Theory and Practice

(p.195) 8 Guerrilla War in Theory and Practice
Armed Struggle and the Search for State

Yezid Sayigh

Oxford University Press

The dramatic rise of the guerrilla movement after the battle of Karama created a new myth. ‘To declare Palestinian identity no longer means that one is a “refugee” or second-class citizen. Rather, it is a declaration that arouses pride, because the Palestinian has become the fida'i or revolutionary who bears arms.’ Armed struggle was the new substance of the ‘imagined community’ of the Palestinians. Guerrilla literature developed this theme by referring to past examples of Palestinian rebellion and emphasizing the continuity of conflict and the tradition of resistance, while political posters and media artwork drew heavily on peasant imagery, symbolizing the Palestinians by various images. These images were repeated by Palestinian artists. Furthermore, the combination of the 1967 war and the conscious action of the various popular, political, and military organizations' led to a reawakening of the people's sense of national identity.

Keywords:   battle of Karama, fida'I, imagined community, Guerrilla literature, Palestinian artists

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