Pressuring Hamas out

Now Israel does not have to organize special operations to target kill palestinian fighters and resistants. With the arrival of Hamas and the removal of corrupted palestinian leaders, it is easy for Israel to finance disgruntled and corrupted palestinian thugs (formerly nourrished and fattened by the Fatah) to do the dirty job for Israel.

I am worried that there will be more assassinations and interpalestinian fighting to come. With international pressures on Hamas and the suspension of the aid coming from the US and Canada, Hamas leaders will have a lot on their hands.

All this represents clear pressures from the international community and the corrupted Fatah on Hamas to quit the governement by all means despite being elected by the palestinian people.


Elizabeth said...

Maybe I'm too much of a radical feminist, but is it possible that some of this is also typical male jockeying for power? Fatah perhaps can't stand the fact that they lost the election; it's an insult to their pride?

Sophia said...


You idea seems very bizarre to me.

Palestinian society is the least machist in the middle east, even less than the Israeli one. Fatah had many feminist elements, fighters and others and women in parliament.
You have to think of the context in the palestinian territories right now. Shortage of food, high unemployment, insecurity, political and economic pressures. The territories are the biggest prison in the world. Women become very important in this context and this is a matriarcal society.

I don't think that palestinians can afford the luxury of being machists right now.

Anonymous said...

Palestinians certainly allow women to fight, to kill themselves while killing others, and to participate in politics to further the Palestinian cause, but the society is still more patriarchal than anything we have ever known in our own lifetimes in the West. Check out what this one Mufti from Palestine said about rape within marriage. He thinks the idea is both preposterous and scandalous, and a sign of how decadent the West is. This is from a clip at memritv.com (Clip No. 678)
The following are excerpts from a lecture by Palestinian Authority Mufti Ikrima Sabri. Tanweer TV aired this lecture on May 5, 2005:

Sabri: Brothers and Sisters, it is no secret that in the West, having a mistress is permitted. They even have some laws, in the West, that if a husband has sex with his wife against her will, or, in other words, when she doesn't want it, he is tried and jailed. However, if he sleeps with his mistress, and she consents, there's nothing wrong with it. These are the laws of the West. There was a case in the West, in which a Muslim married another wife, according to religious law, and the first wife sued him, claiming he was a polygamist. What could he do? He lied in his testimony, saying: "This woman is not my wife, she's my girlfriend, my mistress." So the court released him, and he was no longer considered an offender.

This is what happens in the West, as well as under the Israeli occupation authorities. Some Muslims have been jailed for marrying another wife. But if one declares: "this is my mistress," it is permitted. Is my time up? Finally, a woman who was rebellious against her husband sued him for sleeping with her against her will. He was treated as a rapist. The husband was considered a rapist and was severely punished. He was punished as a rapist merely because he slept with his wife against her will.

Since March 29th 2006