Yaba Yaba

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This is Hamas

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There were five of them. They stood over me and shot my legs from the knee down. One of them put his Kalashnikov to my head. Instinctively I moved the barrel aside and the bullet hit my hand.

The speaker? A Palestinian policeman and Hamas voter.

When Hamas was voted in I was happy. I mean, a government voted out for corruption, peaceful transition of power. You don’t see that every day.

But apparently, there’s more to democracy than election.  One thing they forgot is the principle of continuity: any new administration is bound by the commitments made by past administrations. The other is the idea of concentration of power. Political parties do not own military force, the state does. That one, actually, is the stale legacy of Arafat. When he got hold of the steering wheel, he intentionally left ‘uncontrolled’ militias which he could feed and starve to regulate the temperature of the flames. Now, finally, the PLO is calling for general disarmament.

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Written by yishaym

June 21, 2007 at 9:54 am

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  1. You seem to forget, that Israel, the US and Europe weren’t as happy as you, and rejected the democratic choice of the Palestinian people. Now those same allies support the coup by the ‘corrupt’ Fatah in which no doubt there are murderers and torturers to be found. Indeed, there are murderers and torturers all over the ‘holy land’ to be found. Oh, and don’t let it be said, that I don’t know there are murderers and torturers in Britain, America and elsewhere too. Heaven forbid I should be guilty of singling any one country out!


    June 22, 2007 at 11:38 pm

  2. I don’t. But lets be accurate. Even Mofaz, who was one of most fascist ministers in any Israeli government was cautious. He said something in line with “we’re not happy, but this is the government we’ll have to deal with”. In the first days, everyone sat back and waited for their first mistake. and they didn’t have to wait long.

    I don’t know what coup you’re referring to. The one I’m aware of was led by Mahmoud A-Zahar against Haniya’s chosen government.


    June 23, 2007 at 12:58 am

  3. here’s a good overview, including details of alleged crimes against humanity:


    June 23, 2007 at 12:58 am

  4. The coup I am referring to is the sacking of a democratically-elected government and its replacement with an un-elected one.

    “Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz said it would be inappropriate to deal with the PA after Hamas won a majority in last month’s parliamentary elections.”

    “Acting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said two weeks ago that he had “no interest in harming” Mr Abbas, and that Israel would continue transferring monthly tax payments to the Palestinian Authority as long as Hamas was not in control.”

    ande her is the epitomy of disregard for democracy from Mofaz’s mouth:

    “”If the Palestinians choose a parliament speaker and prime minister who are affiliated with Hamas, Israel will immediately sever all contact with the Palestinian Authority,” he told the Israeli newspaper, Yediot Aharonot.”

    When he calmed down, he continued to evade Israel’s responsibilty: to withdraw from the territories and allow a sovereign state for the Palestinians:

    “Mofaz said the government’s policy towards Hamas must be clear. The Hamas, he said, “must annul their charter and disarm, and then we’ll be facing a clearer reality,” Mofaz said.”

    Without a soverign palestinian state, resistance will continue. The way forward is on Israel’s side. A sovereign palestinian state is a right. It should not depend on anything other than that right. When there is a level playing field, then there can be talk of guaranteeing the security of BOTH states.


    June 23, 2007 at 9:11 am

  5. A government severing its ties with another and still be within the boundaries of civil discourse. Missiles, bombs and assassinations are not.

    In order to survive, a state cannot allow uncontrolled armed forces in its territory. If the Hamas are in power, they should have full control of the legal Palestinian security forces and should dismantle all other armed forces.

    What you see in Gaza is not resistance, its not even civil war, it’s thugs terrorising civilian population and annihilating the rule of law.

    The fact that Palestinians have been brutally oppressed by every regime in the middle east for the last 150 years does not give them a carte blanche.


    June 23, 2007 at 1:28 pm

  6. A state? What state? do you see a palestinian state somewhere? I don’t. All this talk of Israel’s security is beside the point: Israel MUST, without condition, withdraw from occupied territory to allow a Palestinian state to exist. Then, and then only, can there be talk of a level playing field between Israel and Palestine and between their governments. So, Israel has no business deciding who should or should not have been elected. The palestinian people elected Hamas. Israel should therefore have worked with Hamas to bring about a palestinian state. You may not believe Hamas is resistance, merely because you do not like their methods. When the Nazis occupied France, a lot of ugly things went on in the resistance movement. I do not like, in particular, how women who had slept with germans were shaven and paraded through the streets. I am sure there were also murders and torture. I neither condone that nor can I criticise it, since I have never lived in a situation of occupation and oppression. Still, I do not deny, that the resistance movement was just that: a resistance movement. The same goes for the Spanish Civil War. The Communists killed many Anarchists, and the fighting between those two groups possibly cost them the war. That does not mean, thatCommunists and Anarchists weren’t true resistance fighters. When a people is being oppressed, they have the right to resist, and they will. If the palestinian people feel their president and his party are corrupt and collaborate with Israel&the west, then they will resist.


    June 24, 2007 at 10:13 am

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