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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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. We Are Worth Nothing without a Machine-Gun

. We Are Worth Nothing without a Machine-Gun

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25. We Are Worth Nothing without a Machine-Gun
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The Road to Martyrs' Square
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Anne Marie Oliver

Paul F. Steinberg

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305593.003.0025

Relatively few shabab possessed real guns during the first intifada. They made do instead with fake ones fashioned out of wood or nails or even banana stalks. They studied diagrams of Ak-47s and argued over the make and capacity of various weapons featured in Hamas videotapes. Almost no one thought of the gun as a mere tool for revolt. Rather, it was an object worthy of reverence in its own right. It was the ultimate power fetish, able to confer on its owner an aura of mastery, even identity.

Keywords:   guns, AK-47, shabab, Hamas

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