Monday, January 5, 2009

Palestine <> Hamas but even so...

because of everything and before several days now there has been no electricity most of our updates are on twitter but one thing stood out article in UK 'The Times' which normally favours Israel (not that we have aproble with Israel you know just the Occupation and the lack of any sort of meaningful settlement (say it again Hamas is symptom, not cause)) and here is some quotes..

Gaza is a secular society where people listen to pop music, watch TV and many women walk the streets unveiled.

Last week I was in Gaza. While I was there I met a group of 20 or so police officers who were undergoing a course in conflict management...Less than a week later all of these men were dead, killed by an Israeli rocket at a graduation ceremony. Were they “dangerous Hamas militant gunmen”? No, they were unarmed police officers, public servants killed not in a “militant training camp” but in the same police station in the middle of Gaza City that had been used by the British, the Israelis and Fatah during their periods of rule there.

In the five years that I have been visiting Gaza and the West Bank, I have met hundreds of Hamas politicians and supporters. None of them has professed the goal of Islamising Palestinian society, Taleban-style. Hamas relies on secular voters too much to do that. People still listen to pop music, watch television and women still choose whether to wear the veil or not.

The political leadership of Hamas is probably the most highly qualified in the world. Boasting more than 500 PhDs in its ranks, the majority are middle-class professionals - doctors, dentists, scientists and engineers. Most of its leadership have been educated in our universities and harbour no ideological hatred towards the West. It is a grievance-based movement, dedicated to addressing the injustice done to its people. It has consistently offered a ten-year ceasefire to give breathing space to resolve a conflict that has continued for more than 60 years.

read it all and then tell me again that Hamas is the cause...the Occupation is the cause...Hamas is a symtpom and you all being lied to.