“They are living a hand-to-mouth existence and innocent men, women and children are dying in this collective punishment because they are being denied vital medicines and access to the outside world, but their support of Hamas is growing by the day. I’ve seen it with my own eyes”
By Yvonne Ridley
JUST when you think the Zionist leaders have peaked in arrogance and the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has peaked in ignorance, a new scheme comes along that is almost beyond belief, prompting me to wonder if they are all taking crack cocaine.
Apparently Defence Minister Ehud Barak and the Pharonic Mubarak opened serious discussions about the deployment of an Arab force in the Gaza Strip consisting largely of Egyptian and some Saudi troops.
Apparently the two said they would eventually like to expand the deployment of Arab and international forces to the West Bank as well, with those troops consisting largely of Jordanian forces, according to the Israeli plan.
The reason for this nonsense? Well I believe it is because Hamas, the democratically elected government (certainly in Gaza) is doing such a good job of maintaining law and order and are growing in popularity with ordinary Palestinians that their continued rise is viewed as a huge threat … not just to the Zionist interlopers but to the rest of the leadership in the Arab world.
Gaza is the world’s largest open air prison and its infrastructure, emergency services and day to day operations have been crippled by the brutal Israeli-led siege.
Yet despite this, Hamas – since it kicked out the corrupt Fatah fat cats last year – has managed to try and hold things together for its 1.5m citizens on the Gaza Strip.
They are living a hand-to-mouth existence and innocent men, women and children are dying in this collective punishment because they are being denied vital medicines and access to the outside world, but their support of Hamas is growing by the day. I’ve seen it with my own eyes and so, unlike most of the outside politicians including the Quartet’s Peace Envoy Tony Blair, I am coming from a point of knowledge.
I, along with more than 40 other international peace activists, went to Gaza recently by boat to smash the seaborne part of the siege, and we saw for ourselves the dreadful situation imposed on the Gazans.
But I was also able to wander and move around freely and discovered Gaza to be among one of the safest cities in the world … certainly much more safe than the streets of London or New York. Crime is down more than 80 per cent since Hamas police took over – the statistics are available.
One day myself and film-maker Aki Nawaz wandered down on to the beach and took part in a lively, political discussion with ordinary Palestinians … and some of them made it clear they did not like or support Hamas. But what we did was taken part in a full and frank discussion and such freedoms of speech are not allowed or encouraged in the rest of the Arab world.
The fact is, there is so much irrational hatred for Hamas from Israel, America and Europe that the politicians just refuse to accept the truth and the truth is the majority of Gazans love and support Hamas.
And here’s why. The Hamas leadership and members are suffering just as much as the ordinary citizens of Gaza. They endure the hardship of the siege, they have their power supplies cut off, they have to put up with Israel switching off the tap water when it chooses. They, too are suffering and the people can see this with their own eyes.
It really does appear as if the Hamas leadership can not be bought or corrupted.
Millions of dollars and Euros are pouring in to the Palestinian Authority’s coffers controlled by Abu Mazen and NOT ONE CENT reaches the people of Gaza. Sadly, it seems the Palestinian leader is overseeing the brutal siege of his own people in Gaza without a care or thought for them.
I am quoting below, Tony Sayegh, seen as a great analysist by some readers at Palestinian Pundit. I called him name, the last was, the Great Anal-ysist.
I continueosly mocked him for blaming deaths of Gazans on Hamas, and calling Hamas to hide, and, and…
“With this poor performance, Hamas is likely to lose support, which is the opposite of what happened to Hizbullah. The masses need to see brains at work, not just one funeral after another.
“Keep that closed mind of yours (The closed mind is MINE)and keep offering martyrs for nothing; the results are what counts.”
“The Palestinians by refusing to learn are moving from one defeat to another.”
“You know, now I realize why the Palestinians, even though they have been resisting far longer than any other Arab people (90 years!), are still incapable of developing an effective resistance.”
“The Palestinians need to get serious about resistance if they want to resist. On the other hand, if this is all a show (as Arafat did) to get to the “negotiating” table, then no Palestinian should be willing to die for such a charade.”
“17 Killed in Gaza, Today
And Yet, Hamas “Massed” its Forces to “Confront” Tanks, Helicopter Gunships and Missiles……
Excuse Me, But This is Mass Suicide, Not Resistance
Damn It! God Gave You a Brain; Use It!!”
TON TFUUUU concluded: “You ask, what can Hamas do? At a minimum hide, in the face of a superior force.”
I am sure you shall recognize the smell, and know who did it..
Uprooted palestinian 03.03.08 – 4:11 pm #
Tony is right , when he said At a minimum , Hide in the face of a superior Force . Absolutely spot on he does not want the resistance to be wiped out by the criminals in the IOF . HE CARES , im not sure why you refuse to understand it .
fatima 03.03.08 – 5:35 pm #
He was never right. Read his words.
He assumed, immagined, farted that, “Hamas “Massed” its Forces to “Confront” Tanks, Helicopter Gunships and Missiles……”
Knowing hamas fought its biggest battle the last few days with only 20% of its manpower, you may conclude that Hamas never massed it’s forces to “Confront” Tanks, Helicopter Gunships and Missiles……”
Was he right in saying: ‘”Hamas is copying Arafat in using the “resistance” as a vehicle for political negotiations.”??
Was he right in attacking Haneya day and night for months?? Was he right in Saying (farting):
“With this poor performance, Hamas is likely to lose support, which is the opposite of what happened to Hizbullah. The masses need to see brains at work, not just one funeral after another.Tony Sayegh”
Hamas with it’s “poor”performance, won the elections, won the battle with Dahlan, used the months that followed, to prepare for knocking the wall, to get more that food supply, and use it to confront and stop the invasion.Uprooted palestinian 03.04.08 – 6:23 am #
Was he right in ivolving Syria in the consipracy to kill Maghiye?
Well, I have to confess he was partially right once.
“One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, but expecting different results. By that definition, a certain amount of insanity is apparent in the leadership of the resistance.”
Insanity is farting the same fart over and over.
Uprooted palestinian 03.04.08 – 6:29 am #
Tony, over several month was mocking Hamas Leaders, calling them Habillas
I search for and got this thread of posts. Click it please in order to know Tony the great Anal-ysist,
I recently learned Molly, the real founder of PP, is a an anti-Zionist Jewis “Seaking Justice” She rarely post, I assume she stay on the bachground, (kitchen) cooking the policy of PP,
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