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Anonymous asked:

How do you feel about a Hamas? And what (if you are aware) is the general Palestinian attitude regarding them?

redphilistine answered:

Several people have sent me asks and private messages along these lines, so hopefully my response here answers their questions.

Hamas is the largest Islamist party in Palestine. Like other Palestinian parties, all of whom operate under Israeli occupation, it has an armed wing. Hamas has been responsible for many attacks against Israel over the years, including against noncombatants.

In 2006, the Palestinian Authority, the body set up in the Oslo Accords to manage Israel’s occupation in most of the majority Palestinian areas in the West Bank and Gaza, held legislative elections for the first time in 10 years. Hamas came in first with about 44% of the votes, but because of the proportional electoral system, it won 73 of the 132 seats. 

Shortly thereafter, Mahmoud Abbas, leader of Fatah (another Palestinian party) and president of the PA, launched a coup against the elected government with the aid of Israel and America. He was successful in kicking Hamas out of the West Bank but was defeated in Gaza.

Gaza has always been under some sort of Israeli blockade since 1967. But after the elections, Israel hardened its policies and, with the help of its Egyptian ally, completely sealed off the territory.

In terms of Hamas’s overall political program and its ideology, I don’t believe that they have the support of the majority of the Palestinian people. Even when they had a reputation of non-corruption and authenticity as compared to the Fatah, they couldn’t get a bare majority of the votes. 

However, since 2006, Israel has conducted 4 major massacres, the latest of which is currently happening. During these massacres, Hamas and a number of other parties — all in Gaza — have been the only ones to resist against Israel. Fateh, in control of the PA in the West Bank, has in that same time period deepened its collaboration with the occupying power and acted to protect it from international condemnation.

In terms of their resistance, Hamas has the absolute majority of all Palestinians on their side.

anonymousmilitant
fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

More than 122 killed in Gaza since midnight
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Ministry of Health on Tuesday afternoon said that more than 100 Palestinians had been killed in the Israeli bombardment on Tuesday morning alone, bringing the total past 1,200 as hundreds of thousands fled their homes across the Strip.Earlier statements from the ministry had given the number of dead at around 57 for the morning, but after consultation with hospitals across the Strip the total was revised to more than 106 dead and hundreds more injured over the course of 14 hours. Since then, at least 16 more have died in Israeli attacks.In the most recent attack, at least 14 Palestinians were killed and dozens were injured as Israeli forces shelled Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, a Ma’an reporter said.The Ministry of Health also said that as of Monday night nearly 5,000 homes had been completely destroyed, while tens of thousands more had been partially destroyed.The United Nations, meanwhile, estimated that more than 215,000 Gazans had fled their home, or more than 10 percent of the besieged coastal enclave’s total population. 

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

More than 122 killed in Gaza since midnight

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Ministry of Health on Tuesday afternoon said that more than 100 Palestinians had been killed in the Israeli bombardment on Tuesday morning alone, bringing the total past 1,200 as hundreds of thousands fled their homes across the Strip.

Earlier statements from the ministry had given the number of dead at around 57 for the morning, but after consultation with hospitals across the Strip the total was revised to more than 106 dead and hundreds more injured over the course of 14 hours. Since then, at least 16 more have died in Israeli attacks.

In the most recent attack, at least 14 Palestinians were killed and dozens were injured as Israeli forces shelled Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, a Ma’an reporter said.

The Ministry of Health also said that as of Monday night nearly 5,000 homes had been completely destroyed, while tens of thousands more had been partially destroyed.

The United Nations, meanwhile, estimated that more than 215,000 Gazans had fled their home, or more than 10 percent of the besieged coastal enclave’s total population.