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THE PERILS OF HAMAS: In Gaza, It's Not Easy Being Green

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Hamas, seeking to portray Gaza as undeveloped, stifles green projects-- Hamas, is crushing green initiatives that might contradict the group's message that Palestinians here are suffering because of an Israeli blockade of good

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AWAY AWHILE Cal Mendelsohn (1067)
Wednesday August 18, 2010, 4:22 am
A terrific example of how Hamas and other Arab forces in the Mideast constantly plan and execute a clear agenda of being portrayed as an underdog in all areas of development for the Palestinian people to evoke world sympathy. this agenda is expressly designed to discredit israel and sabotage its efforts at normalization of relations with the rest of the non-Arab World. No mater that this comes at the cost of true development for the Palestinian people and helps retard and immiserize their circumstances at every turn.

I am sick and tired of this false victimization---are you???

Stan B (123)
Wednesday August 18, 2010, 3:22 pm
I certainly am Cal. Hamas is the biggest single stumbling block to a settlement of the Israel-Palestine dispute. They are reminiscent of the IRA in N.Ireland who for years opposed any form of accommodation there because they were running a highly successful business at everyone else's expense.

Ian N (13)
Wednesday August 18, 2010, 7:38 pm
As Paul Harvey used to say, "Now you know the rest of the story." It's nice to see some good, honest journalism to come out of Gaza and not the usual rantings and ravings about the "Zionist entity" who supposedly keeps the inhabitants of Gaza in misery. Now we see it's their own leadership that stifles progress for the world's sympathy and public relations. It's the same mentality that keeps Palestinians living in squalor in their fellow Arab "host countries." They can blame Israel all they want, but it is their own behavior that is shameful!

Joseph C (1)
Wednesday August 18, 2010, 9:04 pm
Wait - Hamas isn't a law-abiding victim of Israeli oppression? And they use their own people as pawns?! Crap. There goes one of my smug international talking points.

Bob Algeron (47)
Wednesday August 18, 2010, 10:11 pm
Cal, did you even think that Hamas values the interests of Gaza population more than just earn a good chance to be elected and to continue forcing Palestinians to continue "jihad" no matter the price?

Such stories, good as they are, are no news for me. Still, TY Cal.

Linda G (187)
Wednesday August 18, 2010, 11:39 pm
There are always two sides to any story. Neither Israelis or Palestinians are blameless. People generally have more in common than not. They want to live peacefully, earn their keep, raise their families, put food on the table, worship their god and find meaning, purpose and enjoyment in life. Unfortunately in all countries, special interests in governments, religious fanatics, and multinational corporations that make profits from wars and suffering keep the lies and distortions going. We are quick to "take sides" in this country but no issues are black and white. If we are being asked to help broker peace in the middle east, we must keep our minds open.

patrica and edw jones (190)
Thursday August 19, 2010, 1:16 am
Have said this time and time again - that Hamas and the Palestinian Government do not care one iota for the suffering of their long as they can garner support against Israel - that is their agenda.

Joy W (103)
Thursday August 19, 2010, 3:10 am
Noted and thanks for sharing.

Terry B (649)
Thursday August 19, 2010, 4:44 am
Thanks for this, Cal. Where are the well-known Hamass apologists and loudmouth anti-Semites on this thread?

Thursday August 19, 2010, 4:29 pm
Good story to deflect from the underlying problem which is Israel still occupying Gaza. Just because they are not in Gaza, they still control what goes in, what goes out with the intermittent raid or shelling thrown in for good measure. Let's blame the Palestinians for electing Hamas and forget about the 43 years of occupation.

AWAY AWHILE Cal Mendelsohn (1067)
Thursday August 19, 2010, 4:43 pm
Margaret, you know this is a central point where our views differ. I think that Hamas has the same obligation to improve the lot of its' people as the Israeli or any other government has to there's, especially one that has been popularly elected like Hamas is. Besides, with the Israeli restrictions on goods and services, wouldn't it just improve the lot of the Palestinian people to arrange what resources are available more equitably instead of manipulating the distribution to make things worse in reality for the common citizen in order to make things appear worse to the rest of the world for propaganda purposes?

Once materials reach Gaza, do you really think that Israel controls how many green projects are created there or what they are and how they benefit Gaza residents? Can't put that on Israel, really, , which is where we disagree., I think. The Israeli occupation goes just so far in determining Hamas' behavior,--- they really have to stand up and take responsibility for their actions as politicians who happen to have an agenda of punishing Israel which seems to supersede their need to distribute goods fairly to their citizens. Palestinian residents of Gaza should demand no less than this type of accountability of their Hamas leaders that they so carefully elected!

Ian N (13)
Thursday August 19, 2010, 7:17 pm
Cal - tried to send you a green star for your response to Margaret above, but Care2 doesn't allow for more than one green star per week. The underlying problem is not, as Margaret would like everyone to believe, "the 43 years of 'occupation'," but, rather the behavior of the Arab states that CREATED the situation as it now exists. The Arabs invaded Israel in 1948 and lost...they created the atmosphere that led to the Six Day War in 1967 and lost again...they then attempted the "Japanese - Pearl Harbor" sneak attack approach in 1973 and lost again. In point of fact, Margaret loves to deflect these root causes of the present Palestinian situation by droning on and on about the "occupation." The "occupation" that the Arab states and Palestinians brought upon themselves and continue to refuse to take responsibility for. It's preposterous!

Stan B (123)
Thursday August 19, 2010, 9:49 pm
Well said Cal and Ian. Margaret seems compelled to blame Israel for every catastrophe in history and has missed the whole point of this thread.

Terry B (649)
Friday August 20, 2010, 4:22 am
No, that's not quite true, Stan. I may have missed it, but I don't think MM ever accused Tim McVeigh of being a Mossad agent.
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