The making of a human bomb: state expansion and modes of resistance in Palestine
University of Wisconsin--Madison, 2006 - 489 pages
The Palestinian violence applied at Israeli targets through the performance of martyrdom or "suicide bombings" contains two kinds of violence. The first is in the form of sacrifice of Palestinian bodies in Palestinian places, and the second is violence against Israeli publics in these places. The sacrifice expresses rootedness and an assertion of Palestinian identity and its independence, while the violence against Israeli publics destabilizes Israel as the source of denial of Palestinian identity and Palestinians' rootedness in Palestine. Through the analysis of the generative cultural schemes and the cultural representation of martyrdom operations in Palestine I argue that the bodily practice of sacrifice of Palestinians' bodies and the violence applied against the 'enemy' in the same act mediate cultural ideas such as uprooting and rootedness, fragmentation and unity, confinement and freedom, and domination and independence. These social processes are mediated through the cultural conceptions produced by the poetics of martyrdom in Palestine. These poetics of the performance of martyrdom in Palestine create unconfined life for Palestinians, unsegmented Palestinian peoplehood, unfragmented and united Palestine in the Palestinian cultural imaginary in opposition to Palestinians' ontological conditions of confinement, fragmentation, encapsulation, displacement, uprooting, and political domination. Thus, the performance of martyrdom intensifies polarizations between the ontological conditions and aspirations giving rise to a system of motivations to individuals and groups.
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