Author Biography

Martin Widzer is a Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the University of Colorado Denver with a strong interest in international security and conflict resolution strategies. Prior to coming to the university, Martin worked as a research assistant for the Center for Terrorism and Intelligence Studies. In addition, he served as the assistant to the Director for Regional Security at Search for Common Ground in Jerusalem and held the position of Interim Director for the NGO Committee on Disarmament at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.



Subject Area Keywords

Armed groups, Civil war and internal conflict, Conflict studies, Identity, Ideology, Israel, Middle East, Palestine, Political violence, Radicalization, Small wars and insurgencies, Strategic communications, Strategy, Terrorism / counterterrorism, Violent extremism


In what is likely to amount to nothing more than a pyrrhic victory, Hamas’ October 2023 infiltration into Israel and subsequent assault will be greeted as a heroic act of resistance in some sectors of Palestinian society. It will invoke dread and anger in others. Employing a genealogical approach, this paper explores the effects of sectarian infighting over ideology, tactics, and aims as a means to garner greater in-group support. In doing so, the paper demonstrates that it is not so much Israel that is the object of the Palestinian struggle, but rather the struggle between the Palestinian factions themselves.





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