It seems that at every step
that Hamas takes only sinks it further in the Palestinian mire, and in the process has transformed it into a "blood-thirsty"
coup movement in front of its own people.
Judging Hamas's Actions 15/11/2007
By Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed
broke away from the Palestinian Authority and took over Gaza by force.
Some of its members threw a defenseless
Fatah employee from the rooftop of a 15-story apartment building to his death. Hamas’ security forces killed peaceful
demonstrators in the streets and prevented people from praying in public squares; all this in just under five months.
Hamas openly abused the political system that brought it to power and in the process
ruined intra-Palestinian relations. Therefore we wonder, why the reckless behavior and why all this violence?
This year Hamas celebrates its twentieth anniversary, which in terms of political movements
is not an adolescent period, but rather a period that is usually defined by maturity, experience and wisdom. But what should
be recognized here is that the older the Hamas movement gets, the bigger its mistakes become.
It is strange that our initial concerns were greater for the older Fatah movement,
especially after the death of Yasser Arafat in November 2004; a crisis was expected because of the leadership vacuum. However
the Fatah movement despite the numerous contradictions and multiple leadership figures did not go through any turmoil. All
its leaders consented to the leadership of Mahmoud Abbas and pledged allegiance to him. However, the Hamas movement proved
the exact opposite after the death of its founder and leader Sheikh Yassin. It is quite the coincidence that his death and
Arafat’s death were only eight months apart.
Let us compare the two organizations for a moment; Hamas, not Fatah, suffers from an
absence of leadership. It had become an organization synonymous with controversy and opposition, putting an end to Sheikh
Yassin’s policy of not fighting with the Palestinian Authority or its other sister organizations.
On the other hand, Fatah under the leadership of Abu Mazen adopted a calm stance against
the humiliation and degradation from their fellow Palestinians in Gaza; however this did not solve their problems.
What is also strange is that Hamas is now the party that prevents any attacks against
Israel. Under its governance, not a single suicide operation was conducted against the Israelis; in fact most of its military
activities has centered on Fatah and its affiliates.
When we hear statements out of Gaza, we see contradictions between Hamas's leaders;
with even greater contradictions from its leadership in Syria. Yet the question remains, who is the real leader of this lost
organization? Why do its leaders threaten Israel, calling for it to withdraw from the West Bank only to accept the Israeli
occupation and rise against the Palestinian Authority?
Hamas, during the time of Sheikh Yassin, refused to be in a position of power, however,
in the Mashaal/ Haniyah era, it clings to power to the extent that it refuses to provoke Israel, as well as failing to defend
64 of its prominent figures who were arrested by Israel and remain in its prisons.
It seems that at every step that Hamas takes only sinks it further in the Palestinian
mire, and in the process has transformed it into a "blood-thirsty" coup movement in front of its own people.