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Young Egyptians hearing call of 'martyrdom'
Tim Goldene, New York Times, April 26, 2002

Egyptian officials have confirmed that half a dozen young men and women have been stopped trying to sneak into Israel since last week, apparently to carry out attacks. One Egyptian security official said that since last month, the security forces have been arresting several such young people each day. [...]
The cry for leaders to "open the doors to jihad" in Israel has become a standard of Arab street demonstrations. Despite the religious overtones of such demands, the explosive response of young Arabs is largely rooted in secular concerns. "This is about a new culture emerging in the Arab world," said Mahdi F. Abdul Hadi, a Palestinian political scientist and historian. "It is not Islamist or pan-Arab; it has to do with a new sense of dignity among young people in the Arab world who identify with the suffering of the Palestinians."
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