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The Hamas record

Jennifer Loewenstein, Counterpunch, June 12:

Indeed, until Israel actively agrees to withdraw to the June 4th 1967 borders, Hamas should not fall into the trap that Fatah under Yassir Arafat fell into of conceding more and more for less and less until there is nothing left. Right now the US-backed annexation/cantonization program seems likely to bring the whole Palestinian tragedy to a hideous end. All the manoeuvrings are a cover for that, the whole discussion about the referendum included. Fatah should by now know better than to fall into the hands of US and Israeli overlords in its quest for local dominance. The fact that it does not should be reason enough for why it was voted out of power last January. Hamas has good reasons to demand that Israel, with US urging, show its good faith first. In the meantime Hamas’ continued opposition to Abbas’ dubious call for a referendum on the Prisoner’s Agreement is justified. 

15 comments ↪
  • JohD

    Unfortunately this episode in Palestinian history lays bare the the quisling tendency of Fatah. They have ensured that the Palestinians will forever after be victims of the divide and rule tactic. South Africa endured a decade long low-level civil war that consumed thousands of lives because the Black elite, such as Chief Bhutelezi, were afforded historic recognition. This status afforded them the ability to wage war against those engaged in resistance with the conivince of the Apartheid regime. Clearly Fatah is now part of the problem, not the solution.

  • captain

    Is this the family terrorism cheer squad?

    Its amazing how the Loewenstein clan justify suicide bombings, burning buildings, kidnapping, rockets being fired into civilians. Ooops forgot, the targets are mostly Jews; thats ok, but when there are Muslim targets, its not so cool. Now fatah is part of the problem. When wasn't it?

    You are only concerned with pal unity in the same way that all enemies of Israel are. As Pipes pointed out, the only points are disagreement of how Israel should be eliminated not whether.

  • monica

    Perhaps Captain would like to give us evidence of the support Jennifer Lowenstein has given to suicide bombers and since we are about it, perhaps the most effective midwife to the suicide bombers has been the intransigent and rejectionist Israel herself, who has chosen to reject all opportunities for peace involving withdrawal to the 1967 boundaries and has continued her brutal occupation regardless of cost either to the Jews of Israel or to the non-Jewish indigenous inhabitants. In the equation of peace or territory, Israel has always chosen territory. Where there is dispute, there must be negotiation not armed violence which solves nothing and makes all populations suffer.

  • JohD

    Chalk me up as an enemy of Israel. I am happy to stand up and be counted. Bombings, Maiming, Rockets are the scenario the Jews only State trives on. I, for one, breathlessly await an opportunity where the Palestinians have options other than uncontrolled violence as a response to the Racist Apartheid violence they have been subjected to. But it appears that systemic racism is considered worthy of indignant protests that one wants to destroy it. Naturally it should be destroyed; the sooner the better.

  • viva peace

    monica

    Actually post 1967 the biggest obstacles to peace had been Egypt, Jordan, and Syria.

  • viva peace

    Of course all this "recognize Israel's 'right to exist'" is a furphy. Does anybody seriously think that Israelis give a damn what a ragtag bunch of stateless nutty Islamic facsists thinks? Still it is a clever ploy to divide and squash them even further. ya rolls the dice…

  • captain

    Evidence for Loewenstein's support of suicide bombings? She is actively supporting Hamas, a group that has as its objective not a Palestinian state, but an Islamic state that completely replaces Israel. They kill Jews, not in theory, but as modis operandis. There are no mistakes when civilians are targeted, in their eyes every Jew is fair game.

  • Addamo

    Does anybody seriously think that Israelis give a damn what a ragtag bunch of stateless nutty Islamic facsists thinks?

    That's probably the first thing you have said in weeks Viva that makes are sense. What is the big deal with being recognised by those fro whom you have nothing but contempt?

    Why then does the US and Israel labour this point repeatedly, as though recognisiton form Hamas will bring Isreal ever lasting peace and happiness?

    In it;s early days, Israel too actively supoprted Hamas, which muc hmake them too a supporter of suicide bombers by Captains wonky reasoning.

    There are no mistakes when civilians are targeted

    As the IDF prove time and time again.

  • captain

    I also don't care about recognition. But I do care about the fact that Hamas deliberately targets civilians and has a stated intention of killing all Jews. It must be taken seriously as it has carried out countless such attack: and not on military targets.

    The IDF do not have a policy of killing all pals. If it did, there would be no pals. Its as simple as that. No other country is as patient and measured in its response. You can be sure that any country on the security council who had missiles lobbed in its borders continually, suicide bombers etc, would not merely build a separation barrier and engage in targetted killings. Hamas puts every pal in danger when it surrounds itself with civilians.

    The IDF has never targetted civilians. Can ANY of Israel's enemies say the same?

  • Comical_Ali

    "I am happy to stand up and be counted. Bombings, Maiming, Rockets are the scenario the Jews only State trives on."

    You sound like a well known Islamic cleric here, who claimed that rape victims deserved what they got because they wore "short" skirts and "revealing" tops and were in effect "asking for it."

    Given your own extremist position and support for Hamas – not to mention other members of the Loewy fan club – that similiarity hardly suprises me.

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    for one, breathlessly await an opportunity where the Palestinians have options other than uncontrolled violence as a response to the Racist Apartheid violence they have been subjected to.

    They had that opportunity in 1948, when they were offered their own state but instead (to use your own words) opted for "uncontrolled violence." So you reap what you sow.

  • Addamo

    But I do care about the fact that Hamas deliberately targets civilians and has a stated intention of killing all Jews.

    So once again, you return to the old argument that threats of violence are more dangerous tghan the violence itself. Hamas targets civilians, while Israel manages to kill civiclians, but maintains decorum by not threatening to.

    The IDF do not have a policy of killing all pals.

    Not official perhaps. The US for example, has no policy of overthrowing governments, torture, rendition, financing death squads, running drugs and supporting terrorist groups, backing tyrants either, but it continues to do so.

    If it did, there would be no pals.

    Or they could be using the Chinese water torture technique of stirring the pot until the Pals lose it completely and attack Israel, which gives the perfect motive to finish the job.

    Also, Israel still needs international support., Without it, the country would fail.

    "No other country is as patient and measured in its response."

    Oh I dunno, there's China in Tibet just as measured. When you steal from others and kill them, continuing to do the same is not measured.

    You can be sure that any country on the security council who had missiles lobbed in its borders continually

    ,

    No country on the UNSC is has occupied and stolen land for the last 40 years.

    The IDF has never targetted civilians.

    They have and they do. Heard of a beach in Gaza? Heard of IDF soldiers shooting at Palestinian children from point blank range?

  • Addamo

    They had that opportunity in 1948,

    Ever heard of the Irgun.

  • captain

    Or they could be using the Chinese water torture technique of stirring the pot until the Pals lose it completely and attack Israel, which gives the perfect motive to finish the job.

    Addumboooo, you are just an idiot. They have attacked Israel many times without that happening. Israel has had over 1000 missiles lobbed across its border. There goes that theory.

    And anyway, looking at the way they are attacking each other, these guys don't seem to need much provocation. Who would want them as neighbours?

  • Comical_Ali

    Captaim Said:

    You can be sure that any country on the security council who had missiles lobbed in its borders continually

    ,

    Addmao relpied:

    No country on the UNSC is has occupied and stolen land for the last 40 years.

    From the late 40's to early 60's thousands of Israelis were murdered in attacks by Palestinian terroists who inflitrated Israel from the (what was then known as ) the Jordanian Wbank and the Egyptian Gaza. A record number alone were murdered in the mid 1950's much like they were murdered in the past six years of this current intifada. So I think that renders the lame arse "occupation" "occupation" cry invalid. Otherwise, whose stolen land was Israel occupying 12 years before they won Gaza and the Wbank in a defensive war? Give it a rest folks. Oh sorry, thats right Israel has no right to exist at all.

  • Comical_Ali

    Ever heard of the Irgun.

    ….yeah, and?