Paper $24.95 ISBN: 9781783607846 Published October 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783607853 Published October 2016 For sale in North and South America only

Digital Jihad

Palestinian Resistance in the Digital Era

Erik Skare

Digital Jihad

Erik Skare

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300 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2016
Paper $24.95 ISBN: 9781783607846 Published October 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783607853 Published October 2016 For sale in North and South America only
An innovative and technology-driven form of dissent has emerged in response to the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Dubbed “electronic jihad,” this approach by groups of Palestinian hackers has made international headlines by breaching the security of websites, such as the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, Avira, Whatsapp, and BitDefender. Though initially confined to small clandestine groups, interest in hacktivism continues to grow and is being adopted by militant Palestinian parties, including Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad,  groups which are now incorporating hackers into their ranks.
 
Based on extensive firsthand interviews with Palestinian hackers and other activists, Digital Jihad is the first book to look at the increasing role of hacktivism in the Palestinian resistance movement. Erik Skare provides unique insight into the evolution of the movement within Palestine as well as its place within the global transformation of activism, which has embraced technology—and its disruption—as a form of protest.

 
Contents
Acknowledgements
Editorial note
Prologue
 
Introduction
 
Part 1 Heading for the Military-Digital Complex
1 The Resistance Develops
2 The Shahīd and the normalization of occupation
3 A digital fortress: The Israeli military-digital complex
4 The istishhādī and the emergence of Palestinian electronic jihad
 
Part II Palestine 2.0 and the New Cyber-Warriors
5 Gaza Hacker Team: Electronic jihadists and script kiddies
6 From the nation to the umma
7 Islamic Jihad and Hamas: The Palestinian cyber-brigades
8 Does matter really matter? Palestinian ambivalence about electronic jihad
 
Part III When the Guns Fall Silent
9 A continuation of the armed struggle?
10 Final thoughts
 
Epilogue
Notes Index
 
Review Quotes
Vice
“Skare focuses on the Gaza Hacker Team (GHT). He discovers their objectives, concrete and symbolic: inflicting damage on Israel’s financial infrastructure, disrupting daily life by disabling services and propagandizing the Palestinian cause on Israeli websites. Like many online, GHT is deluded about its strength. Is the hacktivist the new historical subject of Palestinian liberation? The hackers believe they’re beyond politics, while the older, traditional freedom fighters are skeptical about the value of virtual conflict. It is this analysis of these divergences that makes Digital Jihad a vital read.”
Review of Middle East Studies
Digital Jihad is an excellent discussion of the history and development of Palestinian activism . . . useful for classes on resistance, activism, and conflict in the Middle East, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, youth movements, and cyber security.”
Robert W. McChesney, coauthor of People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy
“In his stunning and engaging new book, Erik Skare reveals how the Palestinian struggle has adapted to an era of instant and nearly ubiquitous communication that has spawned hacktivism as a major force for those challenging the status quo. An original and trailblazing study, this is a must read.”
Anne Stenersen, director of terrorism research, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment
“This groundbreaking book takes us into the secret world of Palestinian hacktivism. Through a series of in-depth interviews, Skare presents a well-balanced and original account of Palestinian hacktivists, their ideology, and role in the resistance.”
Paul Taylor, author of Hacktivism
“An impressively engaging account of how ‘facts on the ground’ are being reverse-engineered, in true hacker style, to ‘questions in cyberspace.’ A fascinating exploration of the complex interweaving of both the social and technical aspects of an ever-evolving conflict.”
Ilan Pappé, editor of Israel and South Africa: The Many Faces of Apartheid
“This excellent book provides a fascinating insight into the new generation of young Palestinians and their daily battle in cyberspace for the liberation of Palestine. A must read for anyone who wants to understand future trends in the evergreen Palestine conflict. ”
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