Gaza Suffering

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on July 28, 2010

British prime minister David Cameron is on a visit to Turkey. He made a few comments about Gaza.
“Let me also be clear that the situation in Gaza has to change. Humanitarian goods and people must flow in both directions. Gaza cannot and must not be allowed to remain a prison camp,”
Israel’s ambassador to Great Britain, Ron Prosor, replied
“The people of Gaza are the prisoners of the terrorist organization Hamas. The situation in Gaza is the direct result of Hamas’ rule and priorities.”
As per wikipedia, Hamas was founded in 1987. This was just after the Iran contra affair, when Israel was helping Iran buy weapons. 1987 is 39 years after the creation of the state of Israel. Many Arabs living in what became Israel left during this time, and many settled in the Gaza Strip.

The creation of Hamas was 20 years after the six day war, when Israel took control of the Gaza Strip. The Israeli soldiers were not greeted as liberators. What followed was an Israeli occupation of the territory. It was by, most accounts, a brutal affair, with Gaza resistance met by Israeli force.

During this occupation, the prime “terrorist organization” was the P.L.O. They were the object of attacks by Israel, both propaganda and military. They were connected to the party Fatah, which became the primary agent of governance in Palestine. There was an election, and Hamas won.

There are reports that Hamas was secretly founded by Israel , to fight Fatah/PLO. Whether or not this is true, the fact is that Israel maintained a brutal occupation of Gaza. It should be no surprise that a  “terrorist organization” would be popular, and win an election over yesterday’s boogieman.

Both sides in this conflict have good sides, and have suffered losses. The commentary above is oversimplified. However, to say the suffering of the Gazans “is the direct result of Hamas” constitutes an obscene piece of propaganda.

Pictures for this feature are from the ” Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library” . HT to Juan Cole , an excellent source for news on the middle east.

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