Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

Gaza’s cycle of aggression shapes new generations more militant than the last
Chris McGreal

Abu Jindal and Abu Nizar

Abu Jindal (left) and Abu Nizar, members of the Al-Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade, in Beach Camp, Gaza. Photograph: Guardian

Abu Nizar’s father had good things to say about the Israelis he knew. “He told me they were decent to him when he worked there. He did whatever work he could find with them. Construction, the fields. He had a good opinion of them. They treated him well,” the son said.

Abu Nizar has never met an Israeli who wasn’t carrying a gun. Unlike his father, who travelled across the Jewish state to work different jobs, the 24-year-old has not spent a day outside the Gaza Strip, other than a brief sortie into Egypt. He is not interested in knowing Israelis. He just wants them to go away. And he is willing to fight them to make that happen.

“Myself, I don’t want to meet them. They are all occupiers, an enemy,” said Abu Nizar sitting among other fighters from the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade in Beach Camp, a Gaza refugee camp. He said his unit had fired dozens of rockets from Gaza in the recent battles.

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