The fanonian specter in Palestine: Suicide bombing and the final colonial war

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Drawing upon Fanon's central insights in Wretched of the Earth, this essay seeks to explore how Palestinian suicide bombers in the context of the Israel-Palestine conflict enact a biopolitical strategy, as part of an anti-colonial politics of struggle, to resist Israeli colonization. This biopolitical strategy of resistance views the act of self-destruction as paradoxically enabling the continuation of communal life; the decision to terminate an individual life, then, represents an affirmation of Palestinian communal life as it resists defeat, despair, and humiliation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-114
Number of pages16
JournalSouth Atlantic Quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2013

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  • Cultural Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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