Published on 19th November 2012 by

The Rocket Men of Gaza (2006): Examining the tactics at play in the battles between Palestinian rocket-launching teams and Israeli helicopter pilots

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With unique access to a Qassam rocket-launching team in the Gaza strip and the Israeli helicopter-pilots hunting them down, this archive report offers a rare insight into the tactics used on both sides today.

Aged 11 Abu Haroun threw rocks at Israeli tanks; now he is crafting rockets to launch at Israeli bases. “Look, they are usually blacked out, so you know where they are”, he explains as he demonstrates how Google Maps has become central to their guerrilla strategy. An Israeli pilot sent to destroy these men argues, “I’m on a rescue mission”, protecting children from “terrorists”. A striking look at the grassroots of an intractable conflict.

Paul Martin – Ref. 5688

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