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Israa al-Modallal, spokeswoman of the Hamas government in Gaza, talks to the foreign media at her office in Gaza City on Nov. 11, 2013.
Israa al-Modallal, spokeswoman of the Hamas government in Gaza, talks to the foreign media at her office in Gaza City on Nov. 11, 2013.
(Mohammed Salem/REUTERS)

PATRICK MARTIN

Young, female, articulate: Meet the new face of Hamas

Meet the new face of Hamas.

Israa al-Modallal, 23, a British-educated Palestinian from Gaza, turned heads this week as she was appointed the international spokesperson for the militant Islamic Resistance Movement that governs the Gaza Strip.

The divorced mother of a four-year-old was not chosen because of her journalistic experience – she has very little – or because of a long-time commitment to the Islamist group.