“Beneath Israel, Palestine”
in Understanding Political Islam
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In Palestine two distinct problematics exist side by side, depending on whether one remains within the bounds of Israeli territory, within which an Islamist movement has also developed—or if one focuses on the Occupied Territories purportedly under the “control” of the Palestinian Authority. From an internal perspective, the key originality of the question of political Islam in Palestine is the unfinished quality of Palestinian para-statal structures, deprived to this day of the greater share of the prerogatives of a state. This explains the relatively late emergence of Hamas in 1987. How and why could one fight a “state” that did not really exist—and that was itself supposed to be part of the “resistance” to the nation’s shared enemy?

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