Friday, June 15, 2007

15-Jun-07: "It was supposed to be different"

Journalists in this area, covering the self-destruction of the Palestinian Authority during the past several weeks, are running into situations that their Political Correctness simply doesn't prepare them well for.

For instance, the medical care which Pal-Arab victims of Pal-Arab bestiality are finding... in Israel.

Shot by their own side, healed by the enemy
In the Gaza Strip's Jabaliya refugee camp, Aref Suleiman was raised on Palestinian struggle against the Jewish state. Today he lies in an Israeli hospital bed, his body riddled with Palestinian bullets, his wounds tended daily by Israeli nurses. For the 22-year-old Mr Suleiman, who was shot five times point blank by Hamas militants last month during a renewed bout of Palestinian infighting, this is not the Arab-Israeli conflict he learnt about as a child growing up in Gaza's desperate, rubbish-strewn alleys.
"Palestinians shoot me and Jews treat me," he laughs bitterly. "It was supposed to be different."
Read the rest here. Now in the interests of balance, a few notes about what the Pal-Arabs do to one another in this ongoing war.

First, from the same British paper (and the same journalist) as the report above:
Hamas Bids for Total Control
In the past 48 hours 19 Palestinians have been killed, tossed from rooftops, executed at point-blank range, and shot in hospital wards. That number seems certain to rise. More than 80 Palestinians have now been killed since mid May.
Among yesterday's dead was a 14-year-old boy and three women, all killed in a Hamas attack on a Fatah security officer's home.
"They're firing at us, firing RPGs, firing mortars. We're not Jews," the brother of Jamal Abu Jediyan, a Fatah commander, pleaded during a live telephone conversation with a Palestinian radio station.
Minutes later both men were dragged into the streets and riddled with bullets.
As Gaza unravels, Palestinians flee
By Ilene R. Prusher | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
Thousands have already left the coastal strip because of its social and economic degradation... Hazem Balousha, a journalist, says that during the fighting between Hamas and Fatah, bullets and mortar rounds have been flying past his home at a furious clip.
"Some of the bullets entered my house," Mr. Balousha said in a phone call from his home. "It's a civil war. Why should I stay here? Hang around waiting to get killed?" Balousha is one of the relatively lucky ones. He's already been abroad – he did his B.A. degree and a master's in international relations in Turkey – and has recently obtained visas to more than one European country. The trick is getting out of Gaza itself.
Hamas fighters and looters control Gaza
Reuters - Fri Jun 15, 2007 6:10 AM EDT15
Hamas Islamist fighters and looters ransacked the blood-spattered Palestinian presidential compound in Gaza on Friday, rejoicing at the rout of their well-armed, secular rivals from the president's Fatah faction... Despite firing in the air by Hamas fighters, who paraded captured Fatah vehicles and seized weapons, civilians poured through what had been the last bastion of Western-backed forces in Gaza, hauling away fridges, satellite dishes, even doors.
But the Middle East being what it is, and Political Correctness being what it is, we have this too:

Archbishop Tutu Calls Events in Gaza Natural Consequence of Occupation
Red Bolivia - Junio 14, 2007, 13:10 EDT
Geneva -- Archbishop Desmond Tutu agrees the fighting between Hamas and Fatah increasingly looks like civil war. He says he is in despair over these events, but understands why these rival factions are fighting each other. "When you are oppressed, it is so very easy to turn on yourselves," he said.
And so easy, too, to blow up innocent women, children, men, schools, hospitals, restaurants. So easy. And to have church leaders slobber their sympathy all over your poor oppressed heads.

The only thing more appalling about what the Palestinian Arabs have done to themselves is the unforgivable forgiveness, the incomprehensible understanding emanating from such ill-informed, theologically-addled, hand-wringing, high-profile individuals as the pious church-man quoted above.

Without him and the many others like him, the devastation and misery of the Pal-Arabs could have ended decades ago.

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