Gaza’s next top model

Militant chic hits the Palestinian territories:

Of all the strategies thought up by Hamas, this was perhaps the least expected. In an apparent publicity drive in Gaza yesterday, the Palestinian Islamist movement handed out copies of a glossy magazine showing off gunmen from its armed wing.

On the shiny green cover was a black-masked fighter, wearing camouflage fatigues and a belt of bullets and carrying an assault rifle. The magazine Qassamis, which takes its name from the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, was marking 20 years since the movement first emerged.

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