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“You will die with us or we will survive together”

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Fausto Biloslavo reports from Gaza for the Italian Panorama. There’s a cover story in English on his site.

A far from theoretical danger: since the end of December, 181 Palestinians have been summarily executed, kneecapped or tortured because they opposed Hamas.

The Andalous building in the Al-Karama neighborhood of Gaza City is reduced to a skeleton of concrete. The Israelis have hit hard, and this middle-age Palestinian couple has nothing left but to pick up the rubble of an apartment not yet paid for. They escort us on what remains of the indoor stairs, on the condition that Panorama uses only their family nicknames. “We knew that it was going to end up like this. Since the early days of the attack the muqawemeen (the guerrilla fighters of the Palestinian “resistance”, AN)
had positioned themselves in the twelfth and thirteenth floors, with the snipers. Every now and then they tried, to no avail, to shoot down one of those UAVs that the Israelis use”, says Abu Mohammed, shaking his head. In the building, not yet finished, lived 22 families: more than 120 civilians, including women
and children. The Israelis had begun calling the tenants’ cell phones ordering them to vacate the premises. Then, the militiamen got a more explicit message: a fighter dropped a bomb on the empty courtyard on the other side of road without causing victims, but opening a huge crater. “A delegation of householders beseeched the militiamen to leave” resumed the tenant. The answer was: “You will die with us or we will survive together”.
On January 13 the Israeli F16’s hit the building at 9:30 P.M. “At night we would go to sleep at our relatives’ homes: we were saved, but no longer had a home and we still have to repay 9 years of the loan” says Om Mohammed in despair, a veil on her head. The Islamic Bank does not grant exceptions.

Please, let’s all stop calling Hamas a resistance movement. The people of Gaza have two oppressors:  the Israeli goverment, and the Hamas.

Written by yishaym

February 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm

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  1. Who did the bombing? You know the answer to that. If you want to demonstrate that Hamas is an oppressor of the Palestinian people, you are going about it the wrong way, for in this short piece, a highly powerful army is bombing citizens, and a group of poorly armed militiamen are attempting to shoot down a UAV or two.
    The only evidence given are the “181 Palestinians (…) summarily executed, kneecapped or tortured because they opposed Hamas.” Meaning? Source? If what is written is true (and I have no particular reason not to believe it – after all such atrocities take place in guerrilla and resistance movements the world over), why should it be so hard to be more specific?

    On a side note, could you quote Palestinian sources? There are a few available, even within!

    jez

    February 20, 2009 at 1:38 pm

  2. I was quoting. There’s a link to the full article, and the source. If you have any doubts, please refer them to Panorama and Fausto Biloslavo.
    Of course I know who was bombing. That doesn’t dissolve Hamas from moral judgement.

    yishaym

    February 20, 2009 at 2:51 pm

  3. You are right: I should have checked the article. I was going to and reacted to quickly. Mea CUlpa. I will do so now.

    jez

    February 20, 2009 at 10:46 pm

  4. video chronicle of a day in the life of the great Ismail Haniya, virtuous leader of Hammas…

    http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/2228.htm

    lwdewhirst

    October 29, 2009 at 12:32 am


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