Israeli snipers in the Al-Aqsa intifada: killing, humanity and lived experience

  title={Israeli snipers in the Al-Aqsa intifada: killing, humanity and lived experience},
  author={Neta Bar and Eyal Ben‐Ari},
  journal={Third World Quarterly},
  pages={133 - 152}
This article is an analysis of Israeli military snipers who served during the Al-Aqsa intifada. It takes issue with the scholarly consensus that, for such acts to take place, perpetrators have to somehow dehumanise their enemies. Based on interviews with 30 individuals, it shows that snipers do not always need to dehumanise their targets and that they experience killing in conflicting ways, both as pleasurable and as disturbing. The snipers simultaneously deploy distancing mechanisms aimed at… 
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