Islam's Voice in Gaza

"The first generation had patience," says Sheik Ahmad Yasin, reclining on the floor of a chilly room in his house in the Gaza Strip as he talks about Palestinian frustrations under Israeli rule. "But this patience will not be repeated by the new generation," he adds, choosing his words with care lest he be arrested by the Israelis. Sheik Yasin, 51, is a spiritual leader of the Islamic fundamentalist movement in Gaza and thus a prime force behind the religious gale that has recently fanned the flames of unrest in the occupied territories.

Born in the Arab village of Al-Joura, Sheik...

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