Here comes HAMAS pt 2

“There is a taboo on telling the truth about Palestine and the great destructive force behind Israel.  Only when this truth is out can any of us be free.”
Edward Said

 

The use of the word HAMAS is now to end all discussions about Israel’Palestine.HAMAS  is the bogeyman come to steal your children, to destroy Israel. Nonsense HAMAS is a legitimate resistance movement struggling valiantly to resist land theft, and 70 years of occupation.

HAMAS was created by Israel to mitigate  PLO influence among Palestinians.Well, it didn’t quite turn out that way.HAMAS realized  that the secular dance with Israel,the phony OSLO accords only deepened the immiseration of the Palestinian people and stifled their aspiration for statehood.

 

Often Israelis would blatantly admit all this. Mati Steinberg of the Shin Bet noting the asymmetric balance of power stated after Oslo,”We have decisive influence on the course of events.” In other words, take it or leave it.”You have one choice surrender to Israel’s dictates or rise up against the dictates at all costs.”

 

A  proud people with international law on their side refused to capitulate. We have seen the price.Operation Cast Lead 2008,1398 dead,450 children and women,  Pillar of Defence 2012 174 Palestinians, 107 of whom were civilians and then this massacre of 2014, Operation Protective Edge 

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HAMAS became the voice of the unheard. Driven at first by militant Islam it kept alive the internationally accepted guarantee of right of the oppressed to resist injustice—the Israeli theft of  land and most importantly the insistence on Resolution 194 on the Question of Palestine, which “resolves that refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbors should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return…” Never accepted by Israel.
The incredible resistance led by HAMAS is profoundly moving.

After the second intifada 2000, hundreds of Israelis were killed by suicide bombers. Nobody can justify this. On the other side, why did the world and Israel the brutal occupier ask no question as to why somebody would immolate himself in the name of a cause? Is there something in Palestinian DNA? Hardly. The answer is total despair, absolute hopelessness. This is Violence 2., a response to the fundamental  primary violence of the state with all its firepower. This  overwhelming Israeli cruelty has  persisted  for decades hidden from us. Violence  2 is then followed by Violence 3: massive Israeli vengeance like the above.

 

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Jenin 2002

After the second Intifada 2002, Israel lost its mind and flattened Nablus and Jenin.The brutality in Jenin was savagery at its worst executed by the notorious Arab-hater Ariel Sharon. Four hundred ninety-seven Palestinians were killed and 1,447 wounded. 23 Israelis were killed. Apache helicopters firing missiles in a crowded urban area. Appalling treatment by ‘the most moral army in the world.”

 

General Moshe Ya’alon organized the response to the intifada, stated,” Palestinians must be made to understand in the deepest recesses of their consciousness, they are a defeated people.”

 

Hardly. Three military offenses on this hemmed in, defenseless,  densely populated prison  with no army, air force or navy, with pathetic rockets called “firecrackers” by Norman Finklestein, has not resulted in HAMAS”s surrender to overwhelming state terror.To many global observers HAMAS is a brave patriotic group legally elected to defend the dignity of a besieged people. Again and again they have made proposals to end this horrific conflict–all rejected. HAMAS is not the problem, Israel is.

Leibowitz Warning

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In 1992 the brilliant Israeli Orthodox scholar  Yeshayahu Leibowitz wrote an essay called The Territories. His prediction has come true namely that this cruel occupation “will effect the liquidation of the state of Israel as the state of the Jewish people and bring about catastrophe for the Jewish people as a whole.

 

Our real problem is not the territory but rather the population of about a million and a half Arabs who live in it and over whom we must rule.

 

Rule over the occupied territories would have social repercussions.  After a few years there would be no Jewish workers or Jewish farmers.  The Arabs would be the working people and the Jews the administrators, inspectors, officials, and police—mainly secret police.  A state ruling a hostile population of 1.5 to 2 million foreigners would necessarily become a secret-police state, with all that this implies for education, free speech, and democratic institutions. 

 

 The corruption characteristic of every colonial regime would also prevail in the state of Israel.  The administration would have to suppress Arab insurgency on the one hand and acquire Arab Quislings on the other.  

 

There is also good reason to fear that the Israel Defense Force, which has been until now a people’s army, would, as a result of being transformed into an army of occupation, degenerate, and its commanders, who will have become military governors, resemble their colleagues in other nations.Out of concern for the Jewish people and its state we have no choice but to withdraw from the territories and their population of one and a half million Arabs.

 

The “army of occupation” degenerate as ever continues to prove Leibowitz right. HAMAS is not the problem.

 

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