War in Gaza: the eighth day

January 4, 2009

Via Yaeli, some disturbing developments:

35 Fatah members have been murdered by Hamas this week in Gaza.

“We will kill them all if they try to help Israel bring down our government,” the official said. “We will hang Mahmoud Abbas and Muhammad Dahlan in the public square,” a Hamas official reported.

75 Fatah operatives were shot in the legs, and others had their hands broken.

Clearly, Hamas doesn’t want to take the chance that Fatah will use the current war to regain control of Gaza whilst Hamas’ own manpower and weapons caches are steadily destroyed by the IDF.

Meanwhile, via Carl in Jerusalem, a massive funeral procession was held in Gaza for Nizar Rayan, the Hamas leader and religious authority killed yesterday.

The bodies of a senior Hamas leader’s small children were today ghoulishly paraded through the streets of Gaza as the group pledged to avenge their deaths.

Nizar Rayan, his four wives and 10 of his children were all killed by in an Israeli air strike on his home after he ignored warnings they should go into hiding.

In grisly scenes, mourners held up the bloodied bodies of the children to the cameras in a clear attempt to blacken Israel’s name and highlight its brutality.

Emphasis added. At least one journalist got the point, unlike, say, at Kfar Qana in 2006.

At Harry’s Place, Edmund Standing provides an insight into the nature of the slain Hamas chieftain:

This is what he said when I asked him if he could envision a 50-year hudna (or cease-fire) with Israel: “The only reason to have a hudna is to prepare yourself for the final battle. We don’t need 50 years to prepare ourselves for the final battle with Israel.” There is no chance, he said, that true Islam would ever allow a Jewish state to survive in the Muslim Middle East. “Israel is an impossibility. It is an offense against God.”

I asked him if he believed, as some Hamas theologians do (and certainly as many Hezbollah leaders do) that Jews are the “sons of pigs and apes.” He gave me an interesting answer that reflects a myopic reading of the Koran. “Allah changed disobedient Jews into apes and pigs, it is true, but he specifically said these apes and pigs did not have the ability to reproduce. So it is not literally true that Jews today are descended from pigs and apes, but it is true that some of the ancestors of Jews were transformed into pigs and apes, and it is true that Allah continually makes the Jews pay for their crimes in many different ways. They are a cursed people.”

What are our crimes? I asked Rayyan. “You are murderers of the prophets and you have closed your ears to the Messenger of Allah,” he said. “Jews tried to kill the Prophet, peace be unto him. All throughout history, you have stood in opposition to the word of God.”

And round the world the demonstrators roll out in their hundreds of thousands, in scenes depressingly reminiscent of August 2006, when Israel launched an air war against Hizbollah. They were all Hizbollah then; they’re all Hamas now.


Some factoids for them:

This war would never have begun, if Hamas had agreed to cease the rocket attacks, and meant it.

The air strikes could have ended overnight, if Hamas had agreed to cease the rocket attacks, and meant it.

The ground incursion would never have been launched, if Hamas had agreed to cease the rocket attacks, and meant it.

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